A world of learning

we use a child’s natural curiosity to guide learning

A child's journey of self-discovery begins with parents, expanding through extended family and friends to preschool. It is the primary goal of our Centre to provide a secure, caring environment for your child's introduction to group play and learning, and to make his or her preschool years as interesting, broadening and enjoyable as possible.

We provide a stimulating play-based program that encourages children to explore based on their interests. Each child is treated as an individual, and a great deal of care is taken to meet individual needs, and individual needs within a group setting.

 
Our Early Learning Framework

■ Each child's learning will be based on their interests and strengths and guided by our educators.

■ Educators must work in collaboration with families to provide relevant learning experiences for each child, based on their interests and family experiences.

■ Every child will be equally valued and their achievements and learning celebrated.

■ Educators will observe and record the strengths and learning of each child.

■ Educators will work closely with children and families to generate ideas for the curriculum.

■ Learning Outcomes will be linked to the curriculum during and after each child's learning has occurred. The curriculum must not be pre-programmed to match specific Learning Outcomes.

■ The curriculum will be based on the children's interests, educators extending children's interests, spontaneous experiences and family input.

■ Where appropriate, the service will liaise with external agencies and support persons to best educate and care for children with additional needs.

■ Where appropriate, the curriculum (play and learning experiences) will build and develop each child's Learning Stories, Portfolio and Observations of each child's strengths and achievements.

■ The curriculum will be evaluated and reflected upon each week by educators.

Play and learning

■ Children are encouraged to express themselves creatively through a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

■ Children's fine and gross motor skills are strengthened and developed through a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities including manipulative play, block play, sensory play, dramatic play, drawing and other physical activities such as running and skipping.

■ Mathematics and science concepts along with exploration of natural aspects of our environment are encouraged through block play, building, cooking, water play, sensory play, collecting natural materials such as leaves and rocks and gardening.

■ Language development is encouraged through educators modelling language, show and tell, story time, games, poems and dramatic play experiences.

■ Social/emotional and independence skills are strengthened through activities such as role-play, dramatic play, group games and self-help tasks.

■ Music and movement activities encourage physical, social and creative areas of a child's development.

■ Road safety, hygiene, dental care and nutrition will all be built into the weekly program

These activities will be supervised and guided by educators to find out how child responds as an individual and also as part of a group.

Tailored learning

Educators will work in conjunction with families to provide learning experiences that are relevant to each child and tailored to their specific needs. A child's home language, culture and religious practices will be accepted and included in our centre's educational program.

From this, educators will assess the child's needs and plan ways to meet these needs. We evaluate this program every week in order to make sure we stay on target and help each child to reach their full potential. The weekly program will be displayed in the room it takes place in. We welcome any suggestions and are happy to answer questions from family members at any time.

The centre program for indoor and outdoor play are on display and parent input is welcomed via the suggestion box.

 
Quick links
 
What's on
  Friday 22nd December 2017
Christmas Holiday Period

Little Diggers Preschool will be closed for 2 weeks only at Christmas Time. we will re open on Monday 8th Jan 2018   ►   details...

 

  ongoing
A friendship is formed....Visitng our Grandfriends in the care homes

As a part of our weekly programme, we just love visiting the residents in the care homes, affectionately known as the 'Grandfriends'. It is so heart warming to see friendships form between the residents and the children at Little Diggers.   ►   details...

 

  Wednesday,18th January, 2017
Chinese Dragon Dancing

The classes will be having a visit from Dept of Education for a Chinese New Year Dance!   ►   details...

 

  Wednesday 19th April, 2017
RSL ANZAC Service

  ►   details...

 

What other's say

Congratulations! You guys are amazing - as if you didn't already have enough on your hands!! Love the name and think it's such a great idea!! Mel Reeves