Play, Learn & Grow Curriculum
We follow The Early Years Learning Framework of Australia; the Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language, social and emotional development. The Framework has been designed for educators to work in partnership with families, who are children’s first and most influential educators.
We are guided by the Framework to reinforce in our daily practice the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. That all children have the right to an education that lays the foundation for the rest of their lives, maximizes their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages. The convention also recognises children’s right to play and be active participants in all matters affecting their lives.
There are five outcomes in the Early Years Framework of Australia
Outcome 1 – Babies and Children have a Strong Sense of identity
Outcome 2 – Babies and Children are Connected with and Contribute to their World
Outcome 3 – Babies and Children have a Strong Sense of Well-being
Outcome 4 – Babies and Children are Confident and Involved Learners
Outcome 5 – Babies and Children are Effective Communicators
Our rooms and environments are designed for interest/ play based learning, we strive to follow the babies’ and children’s current interests and passions as much as we can. From these interests we create planned and spontaneous learning environments that invite the babies and children to play, learn and challenge themselves.
We reflect and discuss these interests and ideas and possible emerging interests, we then devise our next curriculum on all of these outcomes, so we can continue to create learning environments that best enhances the environment for all of our babies and children which extend on their interests and support development.
The Learning Curriculums are displayed in each room and we strongly encourage families to give their feedback and input into our curriculum.
Each child will have their own Belonging, Being and Becoming Portfolio, a story of their time at Play Learn and Grow, a story of building attachments, making friendships, learning through play, discovering, exploring, investigating and growing. This will be displayed through photos, videos, drawings, observations, jottings and learning stories.
Preparing For School
Our learning programs is designed to build and help prepare children for the next step in their learning journey, Kindergarten. Over the year, we will work on building children’s emotional, social and cognitive development. We will provide a rich literacy and numeracy environment where children are immersed in quality language experiences, opportunities to practice their motor skills and control as they practice writing and recognising their names and counting. We will also focus on building their independent skills such as looking after their belongings, their ability to self-regulate their emotions, express themselves confident manner and improve on their cooperative skills to work well with others. We look forward to instilling and fostering their natural curiosity for learning and building on their school readiness skills.