“Belonging, Being and Becoming”
At Evolve we follow the Early Years Learning Framework. 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). 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.
Children’s portfolio can be accessed via our online portal. Children’s portfolios are individual documentation on his or hers learning and development, they reflect on a child’s progression towards their current goal.
We encourage parents to contribute to their child’s learning and development to provide a link to the home and service environment by encouraging parent to share and contribute information about the child’s and families learning and experiences.
School Readiness Program:
At Evolve we have a focus on social and emotional skills, we encourage the children to solve their own problems. We facilitate children’s learning by empowering them with the knowledge to find their own solutions. We also regularly discuss different emotions and encourage the children develop methods to understand their emotions and self-regulate.
We have a large focus on life skills:
- The children are regularly invited to prepare their own morning tea and afternoon tea and we undertake weekly cooking experiences.
- The children also regularly wash up their own bowls after lunch.
- The children can choose a job each day.
Other things we do:
Building the children’s confidence skills and providing children with a form of public speaking such as looking at the audience and speaking loud enough so their peers and educators can hear them.
During this time, we also practise guidelines regarding presentation format for example stating their name, saying “good morning” and “thank you for listening”. The audience will also follow the routine of welcoming the speaker with a group “Hello” and encouraged to ask questions. This positive interaction can boost a child’s self-esteem and can foster a sense of confidence while understanding of what is expected. As NEWS is also a social experience it helps teach children appropriate social skills such as being patient while waiting for their turn, listening to their peers, using kind words and avoiding using put-downs. NEWS also provides children with the opportunity to make new friends as once a child has presented other children may want to talk to them about it or can provide a connection and opportunity to talk about a similar interest.
This is an opportunity for children to explore the local community and can experience the natural environment outside of their immediate world inside the centre. During excursions children can respond to diversities with the people they see and the different environment they are experiencing. This is also a time for children to understand practising road safety skills, becoming familiar with road safety signs and keeping safe such as stranger danger and pet safety.
Ready Set School!
During term 3 and 4 the children that come on Mondays will be invited to go to Bligh Park for the Ready Set School Program. This will give the children opportunities to visit the school canteen, have morning tea with their kindy teachers, visit the gender identified bathroom and meet some of their year five buddies. We will also have additional opportunities to visit Bligh Park Primary school throughout the year for various occasions and events such as Easter Parades and Playground visits.
Experiences developing children’s language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
At Evolve Early Learning Centre, we also value play.
“Play is often talked about as if it is relief from serious learning. But, for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood”
– Fred Rogers