Each day relevant learning opportunities are provided based on the children’s current interests and needs. These include: art and craft, puzzles, construction, play dough, imaginative and dramatic play, books and stories, sensory play, gardening, music and movement and more. Excursions, visitors and informal outings are also planned throughout the year to extend the children’s learning beyond the preschool classroom.
The educational school readiness program offered by Elanora Heights Community Preschool is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF): Belonging, Being and Becoming, the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNICEF,1989) and the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which focuses on the relationships that children share with their environment, family, peers and educators.
The Framework conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transitions to school. It communicates these expectations through the following five Learning Outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
Working in partnership with families, our preschool educators use the Learning Outcomes to guide their planning for children’s learning.