Our Centre’s Philosophy is based on The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) that describes a vision of children’s learning characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming. While the EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG) aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten Year. The guideline describes a set of five learning and development areas that relate to the five broad learning outcomes identified in the EYLF:
- children have a strong sense of identity
- children are connected with and contribute to their world
- children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- children are confident and involved learners
- children are effective communicators.
The teacher’s role involves both setting up appropriate learning experiences and observing children’s responses to these experiences. At some times the teacher acts as observer only, at other times the teacher will interact in the play – supporting, listening and extending your child’s thinking. The teacher assistant’s role is to provide support to the teachers and to assist in the implementation of the Centre’s curriculum.
Children’s responses are recorded so that the teachers build a picture of each child, their strengths and weaknesses, and plan to support each child’s development. Through this process we believe that we prepare children to move confidently into the key learning areas in more formalised school settings.
Throughout the year the teachers will share information with you about your child’s progress and engagement in the program through discussion and documentation.
In 2018 we introduced our Bush Kindy program. This program is an exciting Kindy nature-based, educational program that introduces children to nature and our unique Australian environment.
We feel this program recognises the significance of our natural environment and encourages children to reconnect with and appreciate nature while learning how to work together and take turns in a small group environment.
The objectives of the Bush Kinder program includes play that is led by the children, with support from the educators. Extension of children’s knowledge and interests is supported through exploration. Sessions are planned but flexible, with clear rules and boundaries put in place to allow children to take risks in a supervised environment.
As the need for greater sustainability becomes more apparent globally, so does the importance of embedding sustainability in children’s programs. Sustainability at our Kindy is developing sustainable practices in small steps. There is no single thing that will make our service ‘sustainable’ overnight but we incorporate environmental education into our daily routines and practices.
At our Kindergarten we have:-
- Recycling and rubbish bins for children to use
- Compost Bin used for the gardens
- Eco Monitors – children are chosen to recycle food scraps into our compost bin
- Reusable hand towels rather than paper towels in the adults’ bathroom and kitchen – and looking at ways to re-introduce hand towels in the children’s bathroom.
- A strong commitment to using natural and/or recycled materials for children’s play and for art and craft.
- Edible gardens for sharing and/or cooking produce
- Families encouraged to bring in recyclable items for children’s activities
- Families encouraged to reduce food packaging by introducing a nude food lunch box initiative
The Evergreen Children’s Theatre
The Rainforest Experience invites the children on a “journey” through the rainforest where they meet a variety of creatures authentic in name, colour and behaviour. The children learn about these animals’ lives and how our behaviour can impact on their habitat. During the Reef Experience the children learn about the Great Barrier Reef with a sense of reverence and respect while meeting many unique creatures, authentic in name, colour and behaviour. They are encouraged to connect with the creatures, learn more about them, and to help continue the survival of their habitats.
Professor Jelly Bean
The children are involved in science activities that are unique and plenty of fun. They become scientists by dressing up in their own lab coats and then donning their own safety glasses.
Aunty Sharon – Indigenous Insights
Auntie Sharron “Mirii” Lindh, who is a proud Gamilaroi Wiradjuri woman, visits the kindy to share her Indigenous knowledge and perspectives with the children. The children are engaged in a fun, informative and interactive session with ‘Mirri’ to create an understanding and awareness of Aboriginal Culture.