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our curriculum

At our Early Learning Centres we adopt a holistic approach to teaching and learning. We recognise the connectedness of mind, body and spirit to our curriculum. Our educators look at children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning.


We see children’s learning as integrated and interconnected and therefore we value the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning. We see learning as a social activity and value collaborative learning and community participation. We also focus on connections to the natural world and nurture children’s capacity to understand and respect the natural environment.


Drawing on a range of theories and perspectives we challenge ourselves as educators to, investigate, recognise, discuss and develop new understandings and approaches to learning.  As part of these ongoing learning and reflective practices our educators develop learning communities with other professionals, children and families.


These learning communities offer a range of perspectives in order to a gain a clearer understanding of our role in supporting individual children’s learning and development.


As educators we value each child’s uniqueness and are intuitive and actively responsive to their evolving ideas and interests by embracing teachable moments and opportunities to extend children’s learning. 


Our programs are carefully planned to incorporate individual, small group and whole group experiences that reflect the five outcome areas outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework. The framework is designed to underpin curriculum decisions and facilitate children in enhancing life competencies.

Play

We believe that play is an interactional process that is important to children’s learning and provides opportunities to explore socially and culturally relevant experiences. 


Our Educators understand that children are active learners and through the natural process of play children will explore, use imagination, as well as engage in decision making and problem solving in order to make sense of their world.  Educators respond to this understanding by providing learning environments and experiences that are inclusive, inviting, responsive, hands on, open ended  and meaningful.  


Children need to be empowered to take a leading role in their learning and educators support this by carefully observing children during play, responding to spontaneous interests, evaluating experiences and drawing on a variety of teaching strategies such as co-constructing meaning and questioning in order to facilitate learning. We understand that caring relationships are a critical resource for children’s development and strive to develop partnerships that are based on trust, respect and shared decision making.


We as educators also acknowledge the key role intentional teaching plays in children’s learning and development. Intentional teaching is a deliberate process where educators plan and support learning with focus on a particular outcome or component of learning. We adopt a range of strategies to effectively support intentional teaching opportunities and flexibly adapt these strategies as the learning context changes.

Partnerships

Our Educators believe that we have an immense responsibility to ensure that all children are given opportunities to take a leading role in their learning.  We understand that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates, therefore we provide environments that are responsive to our children’s capabilities in order for all children to experience feelings of success and accomplishment.


We value the image of the child and provide anti bias environments that promote inclusion and a sense of belonging. We also believe in the power of partnerships with families and child development agencies in our wider communities, such as local primary schools and inclusion support to ensure that all children are supported, respected, feel a sense of belonging and are able to enhance their skills and understandings of the world. 


Through positive, respectful attitudes and partnerships with families and our wider communities we are not only advocating for the rights of children but also facilitating children in developing positive and inclusive attitudes towards diversity and difference.


Contact a local centre near you to find out more.

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