The curriculum at Felton Street Community Preschool is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. The learning environment provided is based on:
- Educators knowledge of child development, growth & theory
- Children's interests
At the same time our environment is flexible to include input from our local community, families, children and educators.
We recognise children are capable and competent individuals and acknowledge they learn best through play and interactive experiences that engage the children in meaningful, engaging and practical learning.
Within the curriculum provisions, we aim to have a balance of free play, guided small group experiences and more formal large group experiences that allow the children freedom to follow and develop their own interests, while helping them to develop the social skills needed to be part of a community. We acknowledge there are some important topics and areas of learning that may not arise naturally from children's interests and ideas. Educators will introduce these topics such as:
• Caring for ourselves & others
• Environmental sustainability
The learning environment is carefully planned and prepared to ensure the provision of a range of open-ended materials and experiences that stimulate children's interests and ideas, as well as allowing freedom to experiment and explore.
Experiences and materials are set up in learning areas that are always available to the children, so that they may develop and master their skills over time, for example, literacy and numeracy. Learning areas established within our environment cover the indoor play space, outdoor play space or are available in both play spaces. Our core learning areas include:
Projects are also part of our education program. The on-going nature of the project allow children time to:
- Dramatic play
- Literacy (reading books, listening to stories, writing & drawing)
- Manipulative play (small blocks/threading/pegging and posting/cutting)
- Construction (large blocks/wood work/collage)
- Small world investigation (mini-worlds/dollhouses)
- Science & nature (investigation, gardening)
- Art studio (painting, craft, and drawing)
- Sensory play (play dough/ clay, sand, water, dirt)
- gardening (growing vegetables & plants, composting and worm farming, environmental sustainability)
- Physically active play (running, skipping, hoops, balls)
- Gross motor climbing
- Relaxation space
- Increase concentration
- Develop ideas that can change & grow
- Cooperate with others & work as a team
Your child's learning is documented through writing samples, photos, learning stories, jottings, art and craft, developmental checklists and mini-movies.
Our program is scheduled across the whole day as part of our preschool's daily routine and varies slightly to cater for the different developmental needs of the children.