Parents sometimes ask “Do the children just play all day?” As per our Philosophy Statement:
“Children’s confidence in their ability to learn comes when they are actively and purposefully involved in play.”
Teachers and educators develop a planned program of play experiences and document examples of children’s developing knowledge, interests, skills and dispositions. The documentation that makes up the program is displayed for parents to read, question and contribute to.
You will see a balance of play experiences including – active/quiet; indoor/outdoor; structured/unstructured; clean/messy; wet/dry, with both group and individual participation opportunities offered. It will include language and literature, music and movement, art, dramatic and imaginative, science and mathematics, sensory and physical play opportunities.
Most of these experiences are presented in a way that encourages children to use their own ideas and imagination – referred to as “open-ended” play experiences. The focus is on the process of learning by doing.
During school terms our integrated kindergarten children access our Bush Kinder program. The program operates one morning a week during school terms and this day changes every term to maximise the number of children experiencing the program.
Bush Kindergarten responds to a child’s right and need to access natural spaces for optimum learning and development. This is dedicated time for children to be outside in a quality natural environment.
Attending a Bush Kinder session will offer your child the opportunity to connect to others with kindness and creativity, learn holistically and increase their communication, self- regulation and confidence.
Simultaneously, children will build a positive and protective relationship with our planet Earth which will enable them to advocate for the survival of plant and animal species that are essential for human survival.
There is no additional cost for this program.
Early Childhood Language Program
In 2019, we received DET funding for the Early Childhood Language Program and introduced learning AUSLAN as an additional language in our integrated Kindergarten once a week.
Education experts have found that there are many benefits in learning additional languages at a young age, including: increased reading and writing skills, cognitive flexibility, strengthened brain development and improved problem solving skills.
Stephanie Alexander Program
We are involved in the Stephanie Alexander Early Childhood Kitchen Garden program. This program aims to provide the inspiration, information, professional learning and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education leading to positive food habits for life.