Our educational program is based on the Australian curriculum of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), Early Childhood Theorists and Aboriginal Pedagogy and focuses on the holistic approaches to teaching and learning including children’s Social, Emotional, Physical, Cognitive and Language development. The EYLF is Australia’s first national curriculum for early childhood and is characterised by the children’s sense of Belonging, Being and Becoming. Our program encourages and supports the 5 Learning Outcomes of the EYLF which are:
The Learning Outcomes are taught through science activities, mathematics, language experiences, stories and poetry, music, creative expression, building and construction, dramatic play and sensory activities in a fun, play-like and creative way. At Uniting Kids Care we support the importance of play for children in their learning journey alongside the EYLF and Early Childhood theorists who share that play helps children to make sense of their social environments as well to shape the architecture of the brain in unique ways linking children’s social, creative and cognitive skills. Learning through play is an important aspect for children’s development and to help them develop a love of learning to carry them throughout their lives.
The planning for the program is guided by individual and group observations of each child and their individual interests, strengths and needs. Observations are written with reflection on the EYLF, Early Childhood Theorists and Aboriginal Pedagogy and guided by our Educational Leader. An individual Portfolio is created for each child using the observations which is compiled by their focus teacher, these can be accessed by families at anytime throughout the year and sent home for families to keep in December of each year.
In the 3-6 years room (Rainforest Room) there is also a strong emphasis on transition to school. This is focused on throughout the year with numeracy, literacy and routines playing a big part in our everyday interactions and experiences. In term 4 of every year we also include a transition to school program everyday, where children work together alongside educators to focus on continuing to build their social and emotional skills, cognitive abilities including attention span and explore the possibilities and environments of primary schools to help prepare children for their next journey life. We also have a long standing professional link to Faulconbridge Public School and visit them annually as a part of transition to school program.
We believe that social and emotional competency are important aspects when preparing for the transition to school. With this in mind, from your child’s first day at UKC whether they be 2 to 6 years years old, we work towards building foundations for lifelong learning which has a strong emphasis on preparing children to be strong and competent within themselves which will in turn allow them to explore and learn about the world around them.