We aim to ensure that each child will be safe and secure in an environment which is caring. Whilst doing so, an educational program which is based on the children’s levels of development, needs and interests is implemented within routine tasks on a daily basis. The centre is also designed to be an extension of the home atmosphere. At The Hills Long Day Preschool we base our curriculum on the learning outcomes of the NSW Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The curriculum provides children with balanced opportunities for quiet times, alone and group time, adequate rest periods, small and large group activities and provision for non-participating children. Our curriculums are provided for differing age groups and transition from one stage to the next is individually structured. Children’s home language, culture and religious differences will be accepted and provision for same will be included within the programme.
Learning CentresAll areas of development, (fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, language and cognitive) are incorporated throughout the day within a range of activities set out within leaning centres both indoors and outdoors. Here children are able to make choices in their play and choose from a variety of materials and mediums.
Group TimesStaff value group times as valuable learning opportunities for each child and thus provide a language focused group as well as a music/movement group time each day in both rooms, which each child is encouraged and assisted to participate fully in.
ObservationsWe realise that all children have differing needs as individuals and therefore staff continually observe each child’s behaviour, skills and interests individually and as a group to plan and implement activities which will enhance and further develop each child whilst taking into consideration age milestones and age appropriate activities according to individual development. Observations of all children are recorded consistently throughout the year using a variety of methods e.g. Individual reflection, group reflections, work samples, learning stories and checklists. These records show skills and stages reached as well as interests emerging.
Daily Curriculum & EvaluationsThe daily curriculum for each room highlights learning that has taken place over the day along with the activities programmed to extend on individual children’s and groups of children’s interests, intentional teaching, family input sheet extensions and extension activities from child reflections. This includes both the indoor and outdoor environments. The curriculum is evaluated daily via use of the EYLF learning outcomes.
Socialisation/Self-RegulationFor optimum development, all children need to recognise and develop an awareness, acceptance and understanding of themselves and others. Positive peer interactions are encouraged and observed. Curriculums are written and evaluated to encourage respect and understanding of others whilst building upon each individual’s self-esteem. Staff strongly believe in the following and in return staff encourage children to:
- Verbalise feelings and ideas
- Develop good social skills
- Have good relationships with each other
- Show acceptance of routines
- Interact with other children
- Be relaxed and happy with each other
- Respond to positive discipline practice
- Respect other children’s space and privacy
- Accept others of different culture, race, and religion
- Listen to other children
- Be co-operative
- Share experiences
- Seek help when frustrated
- Contribute and participate in activities
- Show respect for others