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Kindergarten

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The Program

The five areas of learning and development in the Australian Kindergarten Curriculum are based on the five outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. They are:

Identity

Children have a strong sense of identity when they:

  • Feel safe, secure, accepted and supported
  • Act with increasing autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Build knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  • Interact with others with care, empathy and respect

Connecting and Contributing

Children are connected with and contribute to their world when they:

  • Work with others to develop skills for communication and inquiry about themselves and their world
  • Explore diversity and respond with respect
  • Show respect for the environment

Wellbeing

Children have a strong sense of wellbeing when they:

  • Become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
  • Take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Learning and Thinking

Children are confident and involved when they:

  • Develop positive dispositions for learning
  • Develop a range of skills and processes for learning and thinking
  • Engage in creative and inventive ways of thinking and doing
  • Engage in and extend numeracy in personally meaningful ways

Communicating

Children are effective communicators when they:

  • Interact verbally and nonverbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Engage in and extend literacy practices in personally meaningful ways
  • Understand how symbol and pattern systems work
  • Express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  • Explore resources, tools and information communication technologies to represent ideas and their thinking

Play-based Learning

Learning activities include:

Indoors:

Language activities, stories, games and maths fun. Exploring the areas of painting, creating with waste materials, blocks, puzzles, drama play, computers and iPads, playdough, nature and science, social skills, songs, music and movement.

Outdoors:

Movement activities include running, climbing, riding, building, jumping, balancing, digging and experimenting. The children gain control over large and small muscles, while cooperating with others. They will develop their understanding of facts about the world around them and use their imagination and creative ability. Whilst developing these skills they will also learn to respect the rights of others, share, invite themselves into play and vocalise feelings.

To learn more, please phone Helen Noble on (03) 6435 6300 or [email protected].