We are proud to offer a Government Accredited Kindergarten Program at all of our services with degree qualified Early Childhood Teachers for our 4 year-old children.
Our services offer composite kindergarten rooms where the 3 and 4 year old programs effectively operate together. A composite kindergarten program offers diverse opportunities for all the children. The most obvious advantage is that children have an opportunity to learn from each other in a way not available to single age groups. However the advantages are more diverse than that; within this structure the older children have the opportunity to take on leadership roles where they can support their own learning and skill development by ‘teaching’ their peers through example and sharing their own knowledge and experiences. Children have the opportunity to engage with a diverse age group and in this way learn about diversity, inclusion, developing self-confidence and resilience.
The 4 year old program continues to be a play based program with an emergent curriculum that also focuses on school readiness skills in preparation for entering school and is developed and delivered by an Early Childhood Teacher approved by the Department of Education.
The school readiness component of the Kindergarten program offers valuable learning opportunities to support children in their transition to school. In summary, the program incorporates the following:
- Social emotional development: Self-awareness and regulation; social emotional understanding; empathy and caring; initiative in learning.
- Language and Literacy/English language development: Language use; vocabulary and grammar; concepts about print; phonological awareness; word and letter recognition; comprehension and analysis of age appropriate text; literacy interest and response; writing. Categories of English language development include listening, speaking; reading and writing.
- Science: Science fosters a joy in discovery and a positive approach to learning. Children become confident learners by hypothesising, identifying solutions and problem solving. Through persistent hands on experimentation children become critical thinkers, a skill that remains with them for a lifetime. The skills in kindergarten consist of language of science/scientific inquiry; knowledge of physical sciences, life sciences and earth sciences.
- Mathematics: Children explore mathematics by interacting with their everyday environment. Throughout their daily routine there is counting, sorting, shapes, building, measuring and estimating; number sense; algebra and functions (classification and patterning); measurement; geometry and mathematical reasoning.
- Visual and Performing arts: This comes naturally to children as they begin with scribbles, then drawing, pretending, humming, and swaying to music. All these activities lay the foundation and help prepare children for successful learning.