“Belonging, Being and Becoming”
At Evolve we follow the Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place. The concept of: “Belonging, Being and Becoming” communicates the five learning outcomes.
- Children have a strong sense of identity.
- Children are connected and contribute to their world.
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- Children are confident and involved learners.
- Children are effective communicators.
Our practices continually evolve to support quality outcomes for children through critical reflection and continuous improvement.
Our educational program is meaningful to each child and reflects their individual interests, skills and abilities. Our programs are based on an ongoing cycle of planning for each child, with links to the children’s cultures and home life. The educational program follows the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and My Time Our Place (MYTOP). Staff implement learning through play using intentional teaching strategies.
Our daily curriculum plan is based on various components; observations of individuals and group, child’s interests, intentional teaching, community engagement, curriculum reflections and family input. The curriculum reflection is a detailed reflection on the daily events of the children’s interests, spontaneous events, family input and community engagement which are linked to EYLF Outcomes. The daily plan and reflection are displayed within the room each day.
Throughout the day learning experiences take place that are age appropriate and based on these components. These experiences are about the process not the product. During these experiences the educators engage in play at the children’s level to support and extend their understanding and interests. During these learning experiences educators observe the children’s interests and all components that contribute to the experience and meeting the EYLF outcomes.
These observations are documented to assist in communicating with families about the development of their child.
Every child at Evolve has an individual portfolio that documents his or her learning and development. Throughout the year we collect things like work samples, observations and photographs, so you can see how far they’ve grown.
We encourage families to contribute to their child’s portfolio, providing a link between the home and centre environment by sharing information about the child and family’s experiences; whether it be something you did on the weekend, a special occasion or a milestone achieved at home.
That final year before school!
Starting school can be an exciting, though often anxious, experience for young children and their families. When children move from a familiar child care environment, with established relationships and routines, a larger more structured school setting can be overwhelming – even for very confident children. Child care services play an important role in preparing children and families for school and easing their transition from child care to the school setting.
Evolve educators have a goal to assist families in preparing their child for the transition to school. After doing some research and gaining feedback from families of what they would like their child to achieve to be ‘school ready’ and communicating with schools as to what the requisites are for kindergarten. We will facilitate this by helping your child achieve the following:
- Social skills
- Learning number recognition/Counting
- Pencil grip
- Colours and colour groupings
- Sounds of letters
- Letters of the alphabet
- Name recognition
- Turning pages of a book
- Identifying patterns
- Follow simple and complex instructions
- Sequence of a story-beginning, middle, end
- Scientific/mathematical thinking skills
- Cutting and pasting
Throughout the year the children will be encouraged to use their self help skills and gain responsibility; to put their own bag away, put out and pack away own sheets, apply own hat and sunscreen, take off and put on own shoes, be able to go the toilet independently, dress themselves.
We will introduce a children’s sign in sheet and do a roll call each day to prepare the children for this at school.
Later in the year we will implement a news roster to encourage the children’s social skills, confidence skills and ownership. Each child will be given a nominated day to bring an item of interest in to share with their peers and educators during group times in front of the group.
Lunchboxes will be introduced where the children bring in their own lunchboxes and drink bottles and the centre will provide the lunch in the lunchbox.
Organised visits to Bligh Park School will take place to familiarise the children with what a classroom looks like, a library, and to identify the difference in which toilet to use.