At 3 years old kindergarten, our goal is to create a welcoming, warm and relax environment where each child feels safe, secure, accepted and respected, an environment that invites children to play, explore and learn.
The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. Early life experiences have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. As educators we embrace the privilege of witnessing and shaping a child’s growth, development, happiness and learning achievement.
Our program aims to foster children’s academic development in pre-reading, pre-writing, science, art and fine and gross motor skills in an interactive educational environment where children can play, explore and discover the natural world of plants, nature and animals.
The program will provide child with a variety of experiences that extend their own natural learning style
- To encourage each child’s individual social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
- To provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment that is conducive to learning
- To build on the foundations that the child has discovered as part of our “Play to Learn” program to help prepare each child for a smooth transition into formal schooling
The framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognizes the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
We believe children are unique individuals and recognize the need for children to develop an understanding and respect for self and others.
Children are expected to build and establish respectful as well as trusting relationship with other children and educators. They will confidently explore and engage in social and physical environments through relationships and play.
Children show concern for others and practice peaceful and inclusive ways of resolving conflicts.
Children will explore the diversity of cultures, background and traditions and that diversity parents opportunities for choices and new understandings.
Children progress through the development of basic motor skills (like running, jumping, balancing) on to the complex integration of sensory, motor and cognitive systems required for the playground games and organized experiences that characterize the early years of school.
Children will learn to make choices, accept challenges, take considered risks, manage change and cope with frustrations and the unexpected. They start to engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns; and show enthusiasm for participating in physical play and negotiate play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.
Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
Children’s active involvement in learning builds their understanding of the concepts, creative thinking and inquiry processes necessary for lifelong learning.
Hands playing with all types of objects help brains develop beyond strictly manipulative skills, with play as the driver of this development.
Children will develop their skills including:
- Learning and problem solving: observe objects and events with curiosity; approach problems flexibly; show persistence in approaching tasks; explore cause and effect
- Logical thinking: classify objects; compare and measure; arrange objects in a series; show awareness of time concepts and sequence; use one-to-one correspondence; use numbers and counting
- Representation and symbolic thinking: take on pretender rolls and situations; make believe with objects;
- Make and interpret representations.
Children express ideas verbally and use their rich spoken language as well as their gestures and actions, underpin the development of basic literacy and numeracy concepts.
Children are expected to, for example, express themselves using words and expanded sentences; actively participate in conversation; enjoy and value reading; demonstrate understanding of print concepts and the knowledge of alphabet; understands the purpose of writing and start to write letters and words.