Our program is flexible yet predictable, co-constructed by the educators and the children with input from our families always considered. We use Educate (via HubHello) for Daily Journals and Children's Observations as well as some of our planning. Each room plans for the children on a regular basis and we incorporate their current interests into exciting experiences to assist in all areas of their development.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) underpin our planning process. The Early Years Learning Framework's vision for children's learning is;
Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children's lives as characterised by;
Knowing where and with whom you belong
Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world, recognising the significance of the here and now.
The process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow, emphasising learning to participate fully and actively in society.
We have a general "rhythm" to each day, which is a guide to our routine but is flexible to accommodate the weather and the needs and interests of the children.
We do not include a formal rest/sleep period, as provision is made to support the children's need for rest and relaxation during the day.
The children have access to a huge playground with trees, natural grass, a wide range of surfaces, gardens to explore, a sandpit, a digging patch, multiple areas for equipment and more. We have appropriate toilets and hand washing facilities and a space for each child's belongings each day.
Children bring all of their own food (morning tea, lunch, and optional afternoon tea). Lunch boxes are stored in the fridge to ensure safe food handling processes. Children also bring a water bottle which is always available to them and is filled with filtered water as required.
As children arrive, they are signed in electronically. Children make their way through to the locker area where they are supported by an educator to unpack and put things where they belong. Children put sunscreen on if required and wash their hands before moving to their playroom to start the day.
Depending on the season/weather, we will play outside or inside. There is a large verandah to play on if the weather is not pleasant. A wide range of experiences are set up for the children to accommodate many interests. We may have a group time around 10am, or even small group time.
Morning tea time
Children are encouraged to wash their hands and collect their morning tea containers from lockers. We sometimes eat inside and sometimes eat outside - it all depends on what feels right on the day!
11.00am -12.30 pm
Once morning tea is finished, children will resume their play. Again, we adjust where we are playing to accommodate the children's interests and the weather (although, even a bit of rain won't always keep us inside).
12.30pm - 1.00 pm
We spend some time calming bodies and minds with gentle music, yoga, or breathing exercises. We might also have a story, some songs or discussions about life, the universe and everything.
Children and educators eat lunch together. Again, sometimes we sit at tables inside and other times we picnic on mats under the trees. Children are encouraged to "Swish and Swallow" after eating to promote dental hygiene and we compost our lunch scraps if possible.
More play time, Afternoon tea time and Home time
We continue our playtime after lunch. Again, where we are and what happens is flexible so we can move with the needs of little bodies and minds. We might do some "Munch and Move", have a small group story or dig for treasure in the sandpit - it all depends ...........
Families start arriving for pick up around 2.45pm. As children are signed out on the iPad, they are washing their hands and collecting their backpack from the locker room. Children will come to the playroom door with their belongings ready to tell you all about their day.
At about 3.00pm, we let the children who wish to have another snack have afternoon tea. This is not eaten by all children, so you can pack it if your child is here a bit later or seems to get hungry. This is usually eaten at a table inside whilst other children go about their play.
This program gives a general guide to the daily routine but will be altered to accommodate the needs/interests of the children.