Black Hill Kindergarten provides a supportive and nurturing environment for children and their families. We provide positive experiences in a safe and stimulating environment that encourages children to achieve their capabilities under the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework. Learning is an active process that must involve children’s engagement. Play has the amazing ability to stimulate and integrate a wide range of children’s interests; physical, social, creative and spiritual, while they share play experiences with caring supportive adults and other children.
Our educators work together towards achieving compassionate and professional relationships with the children under the guidance of Regulation 155-Relationships with Children. This regulation states that during our time with the children we are working towards and achieving the following:
- Allow the children to undertake experiences that develop self-reliance and self-esteem.
- Encourage children to express their opinion and to express themselves
- Has regard to the family and cultural values, age, physical and intellectual development and abilities of each child
- Give each child positive guidance and encouragement towards acceptable behaviour
- Maintain, at all times, the dignity and rights of each child.
Our highly qualified educators acknowledge the importance of communicating and planning together to ensure the holistic care and education of each child. Critical reflection and careful planning increase the value of each child’s education and as educators, we aspire to build strong, collaborative partnerships to achieve the best learning outcomes for each child.
Parents and extended families belong to our kindergarten community and are always welcome. We encourage parents or guardians to support and contribute to the education and care of the children by becoming involved in the many learning celebrations we host throughout the year; including entertaining concerts to celebrate community events and customs such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Days and Christmas.
Each day we ‘move to music’ as a powerful and fun means of building upon all the essential learning areas -language, auditory, gross motor skills, creativity, social and visual memory. While we are having fun enjoying moving to music, we are also building upon the foundation skills in all these areas which develop important connections to the brain and help each child prepare for learning now and in the future.
The kindergarten teaching and learning program underpins the five Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes, as prescribed by the Victorian Department of Education & Training. These learning outcomes provide a shared language for all early childhood professionals, primary school Educators, carers and parents when looking at children’s learning and development from birth to eight years old.
Sustainability is integrated into our daily activities with the continual use of the words Reuse, Reduce and Re-cycle. We use an everyday practical approach which allows our children to become aware of sustainability in their lives which will influence the quality of life now and for future generations. We collect our daily unwanted food scraps and they are either fed to our rabbit Miffy or it goes home to families who have family pets such as hens, rabbits or goats to be used as food for them. We recycle family’s cardboard boxes and containers to make creations at the construction table beginning second term and we use the schools recycle skip for some of our recyclables such as cardboard. We have a garden and together we plant food items, mainly vegetables that can be eaten or used as food for our rabbit Miffy. Children are encouraged to plant, water and care for our growing plants in our garden. They also learn to wait and wonder, making predictions about our plants while they grow before their eyes.
ECKA is committed to recruiting, retaining and investing in a highly skilled, collaborative workforce who are passionate about educating children in the early years.
|2020 term dates||Start date||Finish date|
|Term 1||28 January- Staff set up day|
29 January- Staff curriculum PD day
Children commence from January 30
See your kinder information for more details
|Term 2||14 April||26 June|
|Term 3||13 July||18 September|
|Term 4||5 October||18 December|