At Mother Kate’s Early Learning Centre, our Educators provide a curriculum which encompasses all the interactions, experiences, routines and events – planned and unplanned – that occur in our children’s lives. Developing a meaningful curriculum involves interactive and inclusive decision making by children, families, educators and the wider communities.
Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework. The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice, and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to primary school age, including their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
We base our Kindergarten curriculum on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline. The guideline is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and embraces the inclusive vision that ‘all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life’. The guidelines provide specific advice to support Kindergarten Teachers to strengthen children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming. At Mother Kate’s Early Learning Centre Kindergarten your child will participate in our school readiness program which will assist them to get the best start as they transition into Prep. Development is documented utilising Celebration of Achievement Charts.
Children who participate in an approved Kindergarten program are better prepared for school. A child’s participation in a quality childhood education program lays the foundation for their future success in learning and life. Mother Kate’s ELC has received great feedback each year from primary schools regarding the children who have graduated from our service.
Our aim is to ensure all children educated within our Early Learning Service become both successful learners and confident and creative individuals. Through our curriculums, children will be able to learn through three main concepts: Being, Becoming, and Belonging.
Each environment and learning program ensures children are able to thrive and get to know themselves and others. Children should be confident in learning new skills and meeting new challenges.
Throughout the year, children will become more confident as their skills and experiences change. Their understanding and acceptance will grow and evolved through programs designed to encourage active participation.
Programs are designed to ensure children form relationships and a sense of belonging to their family, care and education service and wider community.
Our curriculums consider all facets of a young child’s early years development
This is a special area for you to share with your child. A Family Area has been developed for every room and within this area the following is located
- Parent Communication Book – One of the communication channels that could be used to transfer information to educators relating to your child
- Input Forms – Blank forms are available to record and detail your culture, what has been happening within your child’s life or other comments/ideas to incorporate into our curriculum
- Family Folder – Documents your Family Input forms
- Curriculum – The daily curriculum is displayed for your reference. We display how this has been linked to the Learning Outcomes and who initiated the curriculum.
- Daily Learning Story – This is a visual summary of the curriculum, a special event or activity that took part during your child’s day. Past daily Learning Stories are kept on the desk below for a month for your reference.