At kinder we aim to provide an environment to maximise learning and development via play. Your child will be given opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively all while having fun! We guide a child through these processes of learning, planning our program upon individual observations of children, assessing their needs and strengths and then formulating appropriate individual goals and strategies linked to learning outcomes.
These individual goals are coupled together with the group’s long-term goals to produce a program that meets both the whole group’s needs as well as the individuals within it. Program plans and reflections are displayed for your information each week and forwarded to families via email so that information relating to the preschool program can be share
We foster INDEPENDENCE by helping children to take responsibility for their own learning. This promotes their self-esteem and a sense of control. The level of independence encouraged will depend on the child’s age and stage of development. However, all children will be challenged and stimulated to do many things themselves. Examples of this include helping with packing away, encouragement to think through and complete tasks independently, and using trial and error and problem-solving skills to work through any problems they may come across when completing their tasks.
We highly value COMMUNICATION. This is a vital skill to develop in early childhood for successful social engagement and later literacy success. We encourage children to talk to us and to each other. We do this by presenting ourselves as role models, greeting each child as they arrive, talking to the children about what they are doing and holding conversations in which the child is the leader of the conversation, yet also an active listener. Our aim is that children will feel comfortable and secure in communicating their concerns and worries to us. We present a caring, accepting environment where the child can naturally express their emotions verbally while at the same time respecting the rights of others.
We also encourage children to communicate with each other. We support the children in learning how to express their needs to their peers. This increases the child’s independence and develops confidence in their own communication skil
We believe PLAYis a vital component of effective learning. Children explore and experiment using materials and their new ideas through open ended as well as group activities. Play enhances social interactions and the development of social skills – learning how to share, interact with others and take turns. It promotes physical development and body coordination and develops fine and gross motor skills. Children try lots of different behaviours in their play, and these behaviours can later be useful in solving problems. Play aids in a child’s creativity. Children use objects in their play in a non-standard way.
The children are invited to select an activity and work at their own pace, with help from staff if they need it. Indoor activities may include painting, pasting, clay/dough, puzzles, blocks, and construction, books, sensory activities and dramatic play area. In our lovely large playground, the children can play in our sandpit, digging patch, climbing equipment, water play in various forms, swings, zoom slide, carpentry and props for dramatic play.
Bush kinder is a part of the Funded program (4 to 5-year old) throughout terms 2 and 3. Children are taken into the local South Surrey Parklands to: discover and explore free of commercial toys; learn respect for our environment; and gain knowledge of our country’s Indigenous heritage. Children can get up close to fauna and flora that may not be possible within the preschool playground. Each Wednesday session the Blue group go to bush kinder and each Thursday the Red group attend bush kinder. Please refer to our Bush Kinder policies located on the policies page for further insight into this program.
We take great pride in our Special Music Program for all groups. For both the three and four-year-old this takes the form of a specialist music teacher joining us in third term for weekly music sessions. The children are divided into two smaller groups to provide more meaningful and appropriate lessons. Our kindergarten places a large emphasis on music as part of the everyday program; listening skills are developed through music, and concepts such as pitch, tempo, and beat are taught. Singing is not just at music time. We regularly sing to children and use singing during transition times which supports smooth and more purposeful methods of moving the children from one part of the day to another
Art has a major role in the development of children. Art activities provide opportunities in developing and refining gross and fine motor skills. Art also aids the child’s social development. As children are egocentric, they need opportunities to share, take turns and listen to each other, all which art provides. A child can make a personal statement through art and it can also help them non-verbally express their emotions and feelings. For those that find communicating verbally challenging, art can provide that expressive side of them without the need to verbally communicate.