Education, Curriculum & Learning

emotional & social development are inextricably linked to cognitive development

Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families, who are children’s first and most influential educators. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.

Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community.

Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasizes learning to participate fully and actively in society.

 
Addressing the developmental stages of a child’s life

We follow the Early Years Learning Framework. Our Educational Leader is Jessica Watton. The role of the educational leader is to work with educators to provide curriculum direction and to ensure children achieve the outcomes of the approved learning framework.

All Educators at our Service are trained and experienced in areas of early education and care. Due to our high standard and commitment of our Educators, we are able to provide developmental and educational programs for each group of children.

The Educators will develop a daily program, observe the children in their care and plan their programs around the needs and interests of the children in child free time.

If your child’s Educator feels there is an area of concern, they will inform you and advise where help may be sought, e.g. speech therapist. It is always your decision to follow this up. Educators are willing to discuss any aspect of development with parents.

Observations of all children enrolled in our service will be documented and kept for future reference and reflection, through use of portfolios. Children’s portfolios will be available for a child’s family members to look at but remains the property of the Service for the duration of the child’s enrollment. Portfolios will be added to regularly by educators, families and children and reflected upon by educators to ensure programming for each child remains relevant to their interests and developmental stage.

 
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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

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What other's say

Your email last night about your new centre was very exciting. I work as a Case Worker in Disability and Aged Care, and I have told some of my colleagues about your new centre this morning and all have had such a positive and excited response. We deal with some much social isolation and loneliness in our clients, and I think your new centre will greatly benefit both the aged care and younger people! Nice work! Great news! Lotte's Mum