At Bains Road Preschool children’s learning and development is captured in a variety of ways. These include:
- Observations and teacher comments
- Displays and a Learning Journey each term for children and families
- Samples of children's work, interviews, and stories.
The children’s work is collected and collated in individual profile books. These books are an integral part of the preschool’s assessment and reporting procedure. The evidence of learning gathered in the profile book supports the preparation of a report on completion of each child’s time at preschool.
Each term we have a Learning Journey where the children are encouraged to share their learning with their families.
At the end of the child’s year at preschool the profile book is presented to the child. A Summative Report is given to the child’s family and a copy is also sent to your child’s intended school.
An Inquiry Curriculum Example
Inquiry Topic – Mini Creatures (caring for our environment).
- For children to develop a sense of curiosity, wonder and discovery
- For children to ask questions to further their learning.
- For children to understand how they learn.
- For children to develop their observation and noticing skills.
- For children to articulate their learning.
- For children to develop their problem solving, literacy and numeracy skills
Early Year Learning Framework Outcomes
- Children to have a strong sense of identity, children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- Children are effective communicators
We began the term by asking the children what they knew about insects and spiders and then asked the children what they wanted to learn more about.
The children’s question included: Why do butterflies change? Where do bees live? How do spiders bite? How do ants make a nest? How do snails go up walls? Why are their bees in my garden? How do butterflies have pretty colours?
To answer the children’s questions we use books both fiction and non-fiction; excursions, visitors, the internet, music and movement, experiments and set up play experiences for children to discover, share and learn.
Once we have answered all of the children’s questions we have a learning journey.
What is a Learning Journey?
At the end of the unit of work families are invited to the kindergarten for a learning journey. The kindergarten children are the teachers for a night and are responsible for taking their parents around a series of stations and activities which represent the term’s learning.
Policies and Information
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What to bring to Preschool
Your child needs to bring:
A bag to keep belongings
A legionnaire or a broad brimmed hat
One piece of fruit for morning tea
A healthy lunch in an insulated container with an icepack.
A change of clothes
A drink bottle filled with water ONLY
Children staying at preschool all day are required to bring sunscreen
All the above items are a must for your child and are to be named.
Settling your child into Preschool
Some children need a lot of reassurance to settle into preschool while others throw themselves wholeheartedly into activities straight away. There are many individual differences. Whilst families know their child best, the teachers understand general patterns of behaviour and an individual process for managing separation can be arranged.
Families are always welcome to stay at school until they feel that their child is ready to be without them. However, please be assured that the staff are very experienced at sensitively handling any stress that children may experience when separating from a family member.
In the 'settling in' stage it is a good idea to leave a phone number where you can be reached. We would always ring you if your child does not settle. You are always welcome to phone the preschool and check how your child has settled.