EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAM PROVIDED
The Children’s program provided involves Educator’s pedagogical understanding of how children learn with a strong emphasis on play based learning where children’s interests and strengths are built upon. Planning of the educational program involves the integration of child-directed play and learning; guided play and learning; and adult led learning.
Educators have high expectations for all children. Each child is viewed as competent and capable learner and the Educator acknowledges that children learn at different rates and times and in many different ways. The program at ECKA early childhood education services follows the guiding principles and outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
Practice Principals for Learning and Development
Partnerships with professionals
High expectations for every child
Equity and diversity
Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
Integrated teaching and learning approaches
Assessment for learning and development
Educators embrace diversity and recognize the importance of reciprocal and respectful partnerships with families to develop foundations for success in learning and to maximize the outcomes for all children.
What is a kindergarten program?
A kindergarten program is an early childhood education program planned and delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher. Kindergarten programs are run in children’s centres, child care centres, community kindergartens and in some schools. All of our kindergartens/preschools offer a kindergarten program that complies with the state government and display a kindergarten certificate.
The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) has been developed by the Department of Education and Training in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in November 2009 for implementation from 2010.
The VEYLDF advances all children’s learning and development from birth to eight years. It identifies five Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes for all children from birth to eight years linking the learning outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia to the Aus/VELS curriculum in schools. The Outcomes provide a shared language for all early childhood professionals and families to use when planning for children’s learning and development.
The kindergarten program links into the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), which identifies five learning outcomes for all children from birth to eight years. Each learning outcome is targeted to develop the kind of knowledge and skills children need to be confident and happy through their life. The Learning Framework outcomes are that children will:
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity – Children feel safe, secure and supported.
In order to form a strong sense of self, children need to build secure relationships first within the family and then with caring, attentive adults in other settings.
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world – Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active civic participation.
Over time and with opportunity and support, the ways in which children connect and participate with others increase. Participating in their communities strengthens children’s sense of identity and wellbeing.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing – Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
During early childhood, the foundations for social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are laid.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners – Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.
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