Blayney Preschool aims to provide a program that follows the Early Years Learning Framework. Our program has a specific emphasis on providing a play-based learning environment for children that is safe, nurturing and interesting. We recognise the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy), social and emotional development.
Our program is tailored to meet the interests of the children as a whole, as well as each child’s individual needs. Our activities are diverse and include language experiences (stories, puppets, and group discussions), music, movement and drama, dramatic play, creative activities, construction activities, fine motor experiences, science and nature, and gross motor experiences. Our goal is to extend and enrich children’s learning and maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning.
Documentation is kept for each child and experiences are planned within the program to extend their abilities and interests. Documentation contains observations of the child’s development and interests, mind maps of their learning, and any photos of creative artwork. This is available for parents to view upon request, and we value input from parents, including any feedback about interests, special skills, holidays and family.
Each day at Blayney Preschool is organised into a routine of indoor and outdoor time, which children soon become familiar with. Experiences are planned to stimulate and extend children, and time is allowed for free play. Children are encouraged to make choices and direct their own learning (with adult support and interaction). They are also encouraged to make positive use of materials and to source their own learning by connecting with people, places, technologies and natural and processed materials. Although we have programs and plans, we are always flexible enough to allow spontaneous, child-initiated activities to occur.
All children are seen as an important part of the group and are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and ideas. They will be provided opportunities to develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, persistence and imagination. Staff always model and encourage sharing, cooperation, appropriate communication and other pro-social behaviours.
Routine and stability are important as well, as this is often the first time children have been away from family. Educators work to establish close relationships with the children and encourage them to develop self-confidence and social relationships with other children.
The five learning outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework that guide the curriculum for children’s learning are:
- 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