After our journey with our Kids Club babies in the Rainforest Room, and with our toddlers in the Ocean Room, let’s get a glimpse at the curriculum for our Preschoolers in the Outback Room: Following our Education for Life program, your child will experience a wide range of learning opportunities. Play is a means for exploration of the world for a child, children use play to make meaning and connections. Our play-based and interest-based learning approach means that your child will learn and develop an array of skills at their own pace and through their own interests that goes beyond Academic skills. At Kids Club, we believe that children learn and develop most effectively through play and social interactions.
Going to Primary School is a milestone for your child and yourself. Together we make the transition to “Big School” easy and exciting. Our Outback Room program is play-based and child-led, following the Early Years Learning Framework Curriculum. We aim to get the children ready for the Australian Kindergarten Curriculum while having fun and playing.
This means the activities/experiences that the children engage in on a daily basis have an objective based on their interests, family input, observations, etc. The teachers are constantly involving the children in decision making throughout the day. We do this so that we can extend their interests which helps us scaffold relationships and get to know each child more. The children are encouraged to input into their day and make decisions during their group times. They choose which stories to read, which songs to sing…
Routine is a vital part of our day, that is not only used to help the children regather, it also helps them understand a concept of time, and “what comes next”.
7:30am: Opening of the Centre
Our first children arrive and meet with the younger ones. Breakfast is served!
At Kids Club, we believe School readiness doesn’t just start in the preschool room. We start preparing the children from the moment they pass the door when they say Good morning! We teach them basic skills every child needs to know before they start school. It starts in the babies’ room when they start to climb and develop their gross motor skills and their fine motor skills to get ready to hold a pencil.
8.30 – Free play while the educators talk to the parents and help new children settle.
All the tables are set up offering different activities and the children choose to play and engage with the interest of the day
9.15 – Registration We gather the children and they answer the roll call in a new and different way each morning. For example, instead of saying “here” you might like to say your favourite colour, and the children compare their views, and get to know a little about each other every time.
9.30 – Then Morning tea is rolled in for the hungry ones only!
10.30 – 11.00 – Intentional Teaching sessions
This time is dedicated to Preschool learning activities while the children’s attention is still fresh.
Intentional teaching activities are based on the emerging interests of the children, which have been observed through learning journeys. Any interest can be turned into a learning topic, from animals to play games and help building social skills.
Some days, the children only want to play and explore. Sometimes, they need to have a group time to regather, or transition, but the children’s voice is always heard.
Intentional teaching sessions can include: noticing similarities and differences, team work, extending attention spans, listening skills, communication skills, public speaking, getting to know each other…and so many more.
Last week the children loved the 3 little pig’s story, so we thought about how to extend learning on their interest. We organised a play with puppets, built their houses (2D or 3D depending on the ages), painted masks and engaged in socio-dramatic play! The children led the experience.
11.00-12.00 Free play, usually outside
This is the time to let out the steam!
We take the class to our beautiful outdoor environment where the rule is: “Have fun, go!” It is a great opportunity for the educators to observe the children and witness imaginative play:
Races, Princesses in the Fort, Monsters behind the water tray, Rocket blasting (the blue tunnel!), adventure in the wild (behind the plants), Treasure hunts in the sand etc.
12.00-12.30 – We are getting ready for lunch, the children go back inside and relax listening to a story.
At Kids Club Elizabeth Street, we usually organise a progressive lunch where we form two groups: one starts with School readiness activities while the younger ones get their lunch first in our Dining Room. They will then have a meditation session to get ready for a well needed nap.
Lunch time is always appreciated with our in-house cooks who bring the food and have a chat with the children. Nutrition is extremely important to us at Kids Club and can be reflected in our vast variety of foods in our Menu. Not only are we providing food to support everyday body functions but to educate the children’s palettes and ‘to try’. Eating high quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from stress and organ failures.
1.30-2.15 – School readiness: we have incorporated the objectives of the Australian Curriculum in our program. It includes for example literacy, numeracy and foundation skills such as managing our emotions, sitting down and listening, taking turns or sharing.
Until 3.00: Depending on the day, we offer fun activities such as Yoga for all the class or Cooking lessons with a small number of children, Fast Soccer…
3.30 – 4.30 – Afternoon tea
4.30-5.30 – Outdoor play
Environments at Kids Club are stimulating and aesthetically pleasing for children to feel confident to access. Our experienced educators are the support for your child to explore the spaces and the numerous ways in which you can use them. For example, a basket of balls outdoors might allow educators to open new ideas to children on the use of them. They may look at the size of the balls, leading to the exploration of size, mass and matter. Other contexts in which the balls can be used such as creative painting experiences or bringing them indoors. By looking down different avenues in which the balls can be used is arousing interest and may lead children to express emotions such as curiosity and enthusiasm.
At the end of the day, the children help to tidy up and prepare the tables for the next day. A late snack is proposed around 5.30
‘Play is not frivolous. It is not a luxury. It is not something to fit in after completing all the important stuff. Play is a drive, a need, a brain-building must-do.” Let Them Play by Jeff Johnson & Denita Dinger.
Each experience on our curriculum plan is intentional and has a learning outcome (objective) based on the EYLF, a reason why that particular experience is being provided and clearly states where the experience originated from.
Our Preschool teachers push this curriculum plan quite far and spend a lot of their time observing the children in their class and building personal learning plans for them.
For example, a child may express an interest in the life cycle of a chicken. A question will be created to explore the observed interest led by the child. By implementing resources into the environment, the child will be able to explore the topic at hand, accessing different developmental areas, these may be language, emotion and visual and the way in which the child uses these domains in their experiences will depend on their age and stage of development. From these encounters, questions may arise encourage the child to challenge their knowledge and thinking.
Each fortnight, the Outback Room teachers create a plan for Learning Opportunities. It includes each child’s planned experiences:
– The Intentional Learning Outcomes (What would we like to know) with the specific subjects/questions they are going to dig in that week
– How can they find the answer to each question (which activities/games will help answer these questions)
– Spontaneous Learning Opportunities
– Family-focused Learning Opportunities
– The Outdoor program
– Links to the Early Years Learning Framework
Activities and learning opportunities are sent to the parents to follow up the progress of their child.
Families will be able to follow their child’s progress thanks to our parent communication program (Daily journals sent by the Centre Manager to your email, Direct exchange with your child’s educator, Centre events you can attend, and newsletter).
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