There are many different styles and philosophies about teaching and the way children learn in their early years. We believe that the curriculum used in a centre should reflect their philosophy and be appropriate to the specific setting of the service. Kid’N Around Early Education Centre does not use any one particular style or approach, but implements a balanced program that draws on a range of approaches adapted to suit our service. The centre uses the National Early Years Learning Framework’s principles, practises and outcomes to help build our curriculum. The word curriculum is defined in the Early Years Learning Framework as ‘all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development’ (EYLF pg 45). The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
We believe that positive experiences in a child’s early years, lays a solid foundation for the child’s life as early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. Therefore our program is designed to incorporate a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials which will encourage children to become actively involved in their learning process. Our educators will work together as a team to provide a secure, trusting, warm and stimulating environment which will enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, personal, spiritual, creative, language and cognitive skills, which are all intricately interwoven and interrelated (EYLF pg9). We provide a high quality play based program that extends on children’s interests and supports and extends their learning and development. We believe that children learn through play, through exploration of their environment and through the relationships they build with others. When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. (EYLF information for families pg1)
Our centre environment is set up with different learning centres that are evaluated and extended upon throughout the year. The classrooms are not moved around each week as by keeping the environment familiar, it provides the children with the opportunity to become familiar with the setting and the opportunity to revisit each learning centre throughout their time at the centre. Through our environment we endeavour to build children’s skills but also create an environment to stimulate imagination, creativity, socialization, exploration and discovery.
We aim to empower the children by acknowledging that they are capable and resourceful, as when children are empowered their well-being is promoted; they belong, make links with others, develop a sense of place, are comfortable with routine changes, and know limits of acceptable behaviour. Empowerment means they are affirmed as individuals; learn with and alongside one another, and learn to respect others regardless of gender, age, ability, ethnicity or background. Empowerment allows children to engage in meaningful play, become confident and in control of their bodies, develop strategies for exploration, thinking and reasoning as well as create working theories to make sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds they live in (Observation to Reflection, Joy Lubawy, pg 15).
At Kid’N Around EEC the curriculum is not the focus, the children are. The focus of learning is from the child’s perspective, so often topics of learning are about the things the child finds interesting and stimulating, it connects learning with experiences and prior learning. It includes all interests of children and responds and plan according to their interests rather than focusing on narrow, individual, or calendar driven topics. It is process rather than product driven. The curriculum is typically implemented after an idea emerges from an individual, a group of children, or an educator and it evolves, diverging along new paths as choices and connections are made. These experiences can be done individually, in small groups or in large groups.
Every child enrolled at the service will have a “On line Portfolio” that will outline their interests and strengths. This will be a POSITIVE record of what your child is doing and learning whilst at Kid’N Around EEC. The portfolio will include various documents from Kid’N Around EEC such as our philosophy and supporting documents, photo’s, work samples, conversations and jottings about what your child is doing and how they are developing throughout the year. We do encourage your participation in these portfolios as this helps to link the service and the home and make it a true journey of your child, not just their time with us here at Kid’N Around.Every child enrolled at the service will have an on line journal that will outline their interests and strengths. This will be a POSITIVE record of what your child is doing and learning whilst at Kid’N Around EEC. The journals include photos, jottings and learning stories about what your child is doing and how they are developing throughout the year. There are opportunities for parents to communicate with the educators about their child and add comments or information at any time. The site the journals are run through is called Child Carers and also has our policies, philosophy, forms you may need whilst at the centre, our monthly newsletter and much more. Each family is given a secure log in for this site after enrolment. We do encourage your participation in these portfolios as this helps to link the service and the home and make it a true journey of your child, not just their time with us here at Kid’N Around.
We believe that by creating a home like environment, it allows the children to feel comfortable within his or her surroundings and creates a trust between the children and educators. We invite you to take a look around our centre by visiting the gallery.