OUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION

What are The Children Learning?

The curriculum is all interactions, experiences, activities, routines, events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment
designed to foster children’s development.

In Australia we have Universal Access – the aim of which is to have every 4 year old able to access a kindergarten program led by a university trained teacher, like we have at Ashgrove Memorial. There is a national framework called the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Queensland implementation of this for kindergarten-aged children called the Qld Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. Our very experienced staff have implemented this into
the program at Ashgrove Memorial.

WHAT THE CURRICULUM IS BASED ON

The Early Years Learning Framework

Belonging

Having a secure sense of belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. “Children feel that they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.”

Being

Is about enjoying and exploring the present and being accepted for who you are and supported to meet challenges. A 3 year old is not half a 6 year old.

Becoming

Is about how children change and grow and learn to participate fully and actively in society. “Children start to form their identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.”

Curriculum Information for Families
https://www.acecqa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-02/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning_framework_for_australia.pdf

https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/kindergarten/qklg

KEY PILLARS

Principles Underpinning Effective Practice

Secure, consistent, respectful and reciprocal relationships between children, staff and families.

High expectations for all children’s learning.

Communication with families, who are involved in decision-making about their child’s learning. “We are the experts on learning, you are the experts on your children.”

Learning experiences that are relevant & contextual.

TRACKING YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

Assessment

Is the process of gathering and analysing information as evidence of how children feel, what they know, can do and understand. Knowing each child well is vital, so an excellent understanding of child development is used for planning and assessment purposes.

An example:

At kindy, spilling the paint is not an interruption to the program but an important part of it. How the staff respond to this incident can empower the child and instill in them self-confidence, purposeful, assertiveness and a sense of themselves as a competent and capable individual.