We know that from birth babies’ brains are ready to begin making connections for future learning. This doesn’t mean adults should cram children with knowledge in preparation for schooling, or to push down a more formal curriculum to hurry children through their childhood—rather, we need to encourage active and involved exploration, discovery, and interactions with others.
Our Curriculum, the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline, promotes that the children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life. It is based on five learning and development areas:
1. Children have a strong sense of identity
2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
4. Children are confident and involved learners
5. Children are effective communicators
This play-based curriculum allows for learning in a variety of ways including real-life situations, investigations, focused learning situations and problem solving.
We endeavour to develop each child’s independence by encouraging them to take responsibility for their own belongings, and for their actions and decisions. Muscular strength and control is given opportunity to develop through experiences such as working with manipulative equipment (blocks, clay, play dough), creative equipment (crayons, felt pens, scissors, paints, sticky tape, glue, staplers), playground equipment (balancing beams, ropes, ladders, swings, blocks, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows). Strength of concentration is developed through experiences aimed at encouraging the children to work towards completion of the chosen tasks, some of which include puzzles, musical experiences and collage. Creative problem solving strategies are explored through activities such as dramatic play, construction and puzzles. Social skills are developed and expanded in many ways, including “home corner” play, sandpit and playground play, co-operative and group activities in musical settings.