OUR LEARNING PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM
Bains Road preschool uses an inquiry approach where children’s questions drive the learning design. Our intention is to encourage children to ask questions to further their learning and their understanding of how their world works. The ability to ask questions is a powerful tool that allows children to gather the information they need to further their learning and understanding. Questions build on children’s natural curiosity and encourages problem solving and higher order thinking. The inquiry approach reflects the core principles of the National Early Years Learning Framework. It provides many opportunities for children to use literacy, numeracy, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in ways that are meaningful to children and promote their dispositions to be lifelong learners.
Children can build on their existing knowledge by asking questions to learn new things. Bains Road Preschool is a stand-alone site with an integrated service approach that includes a preschool program, an inclusive preschool program and occasional care. We strongly believe ALL children are capable STEM learners.
We have developed a whole site understanding of the importance of intentional teaching. Staff are deliberate, and thoughtful when they plan for children’s learning and recognise the need to support and extend child initiated learning through open ended activities and questions. Intentional teachers model curiosity, wonder and establish planned learning environments to build on children’s natural curiosity while developing their capacity as problem solvers and thinkers. We see children’s learning as dynamic, complex and holistic. We believe young children learn through active concrete hands on experiences, play, observing, creating, making,
Experimenting, discussing, problem solving, researching and communicating.
We recognise that children learn best in a safe, nurturing environment where the wellbeing for everyone is considered through a consistent, positive approach to behaviour support. We use a program called ‘You Can Do It’ to support and teach children to identify feelings and behaviours.
We aim for children to develop considerate behaviour, which includes:
Getting along with others
Developing Persistence and Resilience
Empathy for others
Identifying and Managing feelings
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Through ‘You Can Do It’ we use puppets, stories and songs to develop children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Information about ‘You Can Do It ‘is shared with interested parents in workshops and articles in our newsletters.
We encourage children to talk through situations, the choices they could make and the possible results of their actions.
Each term we explore an area of Inquiry such as – ‘Movement and Motion’, ‘Flying Feathers’, Mini Beasts’, ‘What is Art’, ‘Where does Music Come From’, ‘Homes’, ‘Change’, ‘Growing Healthy’ and ‘Our Clever Body.
Children’s learning and development is captured in a variety of ways. These include:
• observations and teacher comments
• displays and a Learning Journey
• samples of children’s work, interviews and stories.
At the end of each term we have a ‘Learning Journey’ for the children and their
families. The aim of the event is for the children to share with their families what they have learnt during the term. It provides opportunity for parents to see firsthand what the children have been learning. Parents are asked to fill out a feedback sheet which staff will use for future planning.
All of the children’s work is collated and put into a portfolio which we present to the children at the end of their preschool year along with a summative report for parents and school. These portfolios 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.
Parents are welcome to talk with a staff member at any time.
Additional support and Specialist Services
If your child has any special needs or you have any concerns about their development
please don’t hesitate to speak with of the director. If staff have any concerns about your child’s development we will discuss our concerns with you. The director is able to
refer your child to support services for extra preschool support.
In order to best support the learning and development of all children we will spend time
getting to know the children and learning about their individual skills, knowledge and interests. Specialists available through DECD are Speech Pathologists, Special Educators, Psychologists and Social Workers.
Children, who have been identified with additional needs in their learning or development through other agencies, may also be referred for additional assistance through the Preschool Support Program.
Staff work with many other agencies to support children’s learning as we believe Early Intervention is Essential.
Children and Youth Health Preschool Screenings
Each term CYH nurses conduct developmental screenings of 4 year old children at the preschool. This screening checks vision, hearing and general development as well as offering a chance to chat with the nurse about your child and their development.
Please ask about when the next screening is to be held so that we can ensure your child
Newsletters are published regularly by staff. We ask that you read them carefully as
important term dates, happenings of the preschool are mentioned regularly and
Please check the noticeboard and your child’s pocket regularly
You are always welcome to have a quick informal chat with a staff member but if you
need to discuss something in detail please make an appointment and let the staff
member know what it is you wish to discuss so that we can ensure that we have all
relevant information and can spend time with you.
Drop-off and pick-up procedures
Parents are asked to sign their child / children in on arrival at the centre using the sheets provided at the sign in table. Please sign out again at the end of the session.
Parent diary – located inside by the parent noticeboard. If someone else is collecting your child at the end of the session please write their name in the parent diary with a contact phone number and sign.
It is essential that parents supervise their own children in the play area prior to and at the end of sessions so that everyone is safe.
Greeting and farewelling children
The staff will open the doors at the beginning of the session and parents are asked to bring their
child into the building to be greeted by staff. If your child needs support separating in the morning please speak with a staff member so we can support you and your child.
At the end of the session a child will open the door and invite you in. A staff member will farewell your child from the mat. If you need to collect your child early please come in and speak with a staff member.
Continuity is very important to your child’s social development as it builds confidence and
strengthens friendships. It also sets up lifetime habits and a good routine for school. Staffing in
preschool is based on the number of children enrolled, and we encourage regular attendance.
Please notify the centre if your child will be absent for any reason