At Community Kids Education and Care Services’ our curriculum is guided by the National Quality Framework which includes the Early Years Learning Framework document Belonging, Being, Becoming. The three guiding elements, described below, form the base for all experiences in the service and educators work actively with the children and their families, every day, to ensure that they are meeting their individual needs.
• Belonging, is knowing where you belong and who you belong with. Children belong to a family, a culture, a neighborhood and the wider community. Relationships are formed within these groups and those relationships help the child to develop into who they can become.
• Being is the here and now in a child’s life. Childhood is a time to make meaning of the world. It is about the child knowing themselves, getting to know others, living and enjoying life and meeting challenges every day. Happy early years helps children in the present and prepares them for the future.
• Becoming, is changes the children experience as they grow, learn and develop. Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, skills, and relationships change through childhood. We want children to participate fully and be active in society.
The experiences planned by our educators here at Community Kids, allows your child to develop naturally and have the opportunity to guide their own learning. Both the indoor and outdoor environments are available to the children with an emphasis on learning through the exploration of well thought out and beautifully presented environments and materials.
Here at Community Kids we place a strong emphasis on sustainability and our curriculum incorporates sustainable practices that all children actively participate in on a daily basis. The maintenance of worm farms, collecting of rain water to water the plants, making compost with their lunch scraps, being a light or a water monitor and encouraging their peers to turn off lights and taps to assist conserve our planet and the recycling of every day materials to make creative art, helps your child gain an understanding of the importance of sustainability and how they can make a meaningful contribution to the world in which we live.
Technology also plays a large part in the education of young children and here at Community Kids we incorporate the use of Information Technology through-out our curriculum in order to enrich your child’s learning. The use of interactive white boards, computers and iPads provide infinite opportunities for your child to extend on their interests, learn new skills and connect with the wider world.
Community Kids provides opportunities for children to participate in extra curricula activities made available at the education and care service. These extra curricula activities support our busy families by providing a venue that is safe, convenient and cost effective. It also supports each child’s interests in a wide variety of activities that may include dance, tennis, soccer, computers, cooking experiences and many more.
Learning outcomes and individual observations of your child are documented in a wide variety of ways, which assists our educators ensure they are taking a holistic approach to your child’s development and are extending their skills and abilities in meaningful ways. Educators will also draw on you for information and feedback regarding your child’s interests and needs as well as your aspirations regarding your child’s learning.
At Community Kids we understand that starting school is a significant period of change not only for the children but for their families as well. It is an exciting and challenging time that requires children to adjust to new routines, expectations, people, friends and environments and we want to ensure that the children that attend Community Kids are prepared to meet this new challenge with confidence.
To ensure that your child is ready to make this important step we provide a comprehensive program of experiences that are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and focus on the following key learning outcomes.
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
Written information about your child’s learning and development is then prepared in collaboration with all stakeholders including early childhood educators (in many instances a Bachelor trained Early Childhood Teacher), families and your child which is then passed on to your child’s Prep Teacher.
Our school readiness programs are also supported with the latest technology giving your child an important introduction to the tools that they will be using throughout their school lives. Technology tools such as interactive white boards, iPads and computers are a part of your child’s daily learning experiences and this familiarity will assist with their transition into their new school environment.
This information provides an opportunity for educators, families and children to talk and engage in meaningful conversations about transition needs/expectations which in turn assist your child’s new teacher to better support your child’s transition.
Every child who attends Community Kids participates in the creation of a developmental portfolio. This portfolio celebrates your child’s achievements, abilities and progress throughout the year and is unique to them.
Your Child’s Portfolio may include:
- authentic examples of your child’s learning stories,
- self-reflections through photographs, aural and visual recordings and anecdotal notes.
At Community Kids you and your child are the most important part of the Portfolio creation. It is a collaborative process and contributions are welcomed. Your child’s portfolio is available for you to look at any time and we encourage you to provide feedback regarding your child’s learning and make suggestions about what you would like to see included in the future. This adds to the educators understanding of your child’s learning in family and community context.
Developmentally appropriate services
At Community Kids our learning environments have been developed using guidance from the Early Years Learning Framework and other leading early childhood experts, to ensure that it is developmentally appropriate for all of the children in our care.
The physical environments are designed to provide opportunities for small and large group interactions as well as space for children to spend alone time. The experiences are presented in ways that invite children to explore and allows independent access to the equipment and materials. This empowers children to make choices and become independent learners… skills that are essential when they transition to formal Schooling.
The Early Years Learning Framework does not distinguish between the indoor and outdoor environments when it comes to learning opportunities for young children. At Community Kids we encourage indoor/outdoor play where children can move freely between the environments. This assists us to ensure your child’s individual temperament, needs and interests are being met.
The environments are also:
- planned for inclusion to meet the needs of all participating
- enriched with natural resources of varying textures to provide children with a connection to nature and ability to experiment with nature
- flexible and versatile so children can make decisions about their play environment.
Each environment is carefully planned to provide your child with opportunities to explore, experiment and manipulate materials in their world so while they play, your child will be an active participant in the learning process.
Early Childhood professionals
At Community Kids our dedicated team of qualified educators are handpicked for their enthusiasm and passion for early childhood education and are committed to providing the highest quality care possible to you and your family.
As Early Childhood professionals our educators;
- Are fully qualified, working towards their qualifications and have a working knowledge of child development and a good understanding of the best practice principles of working with and educating young children
- Work hard to establish a warm and inviting environment for the children and their families to foster a sense of belonging to the service
- Provide developmentally appropriate programs that take into consideration each child’s unique needs, interests and temperaments. This comes from really getting to know each child and understanding the importance of extending on children’s home-life experiences.
- Use the National Quality Framework to guide them regarding the safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders of the education and care service. This assists each child to feel confident and safe in the environment.
Community Kids employ bachelor Qualified Early Childhood Teachers to ensure that each child is fully prepared for their transition to formal schooling.
At Community Kids Education and Care Services we follow all relevant standards, regulations and laws so you can be confident that your child is receiving the highest quality care and Education possible.
Parent teacher communication
Here at Community Kids we believe parent teacher communication is important to progress the development of your child whilst in our care. Details of sleeping habits, toilet practices and health and safety issues are discussed with families upon collection of your child or on the phone throughout the day if found necessary.
Parent teacher interviews are conducted throughout the year, which offers a formal opportunity to discuss achievements, concerns and general topics.
Some matters that we like to discuss include:
- All areas of development of the child
- How the teacher evaluates your child progress
- Preparing a joint development plan to help overcome any problems, clarify any expectations and continue working together to encourage your child.