Pre-school Program

This time of the children’s development is a very exciting time. The natural curiosity of the world around them we believe helps motivate them to learn. The staff help the children discover the world around them by allowing them to explore activities through their own interests in all areas of Social, Emotional, Cognitive, language, Gross and Fine Motor development.

The Preschool program is based on the children’s interests and needs and our staff work with them to try and tailor the activities to maximise their interest. Our program is planned through daily observations of the children at work and play. Learning opportunities that support children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development are provided daily. The learning opportunities are extended outside the classroom during outdoor play and neighbourhood walks.

FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE

To foster independence, staff work with children on developing self-help skills in activities of daily living.

  • The children serve their own meals and feed themselves during mealtimes.
  • Staff work with children on dressing and undressing for indoor and outdoor play.
  • Staff encourage children to use the washroom independently.

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” -Loris Malaguizzi

To help encourage the natural curiosity of children we provide a programme that is based on the ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today) document, and an emergent style of learning.

 

ELECT-Early Learning for Every Child Today

The ELECT document is a tool used in our program to support staff in identifying skill development across all developmental domains. The ELECT document is used to support our daily observations of the children and in planning experiences to support skill development.  Observations are recorded in each child’s portfolio along with photographs and artwork. Please feel free to view your child’s portfolio at anytime throughout the year to see their progress.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Dramatic Play
  • Sensory Exploration
  • Blocks & Building
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Creative Arts
  • Music
  • Science
  • Language & Literacy

 

Following requirements of the Quality Assurance Assessment Criteria, plans are developed based on the children’s interests, rather than all teacher directed learning. Staff are required to document at least one observation per week and reference with the ELECT document, Programme plans are then developed based on these observations. Parents are welcome to view these observations at any time. This is done in all areas of learning. Staff have noticed that with the implementation of this type of program the children have been much more interested and involved in what they’re doing, since it reflects their interests.

Within the “Emergent” style of learning the teachers continue to help the children in all areas by:

  • Helping to guide their development of independence through play and self-help skills.
  • Encouraging and assisting in the development of their listening skills, along with sharing and taking turns with their peers. Currently this has been included in circle time, as well as during the children’s programme play.
  • Continuing their development of language and social skills.
  • Encouraging and enhancing the children’s cognitive and social development through their interests, and knowledge. The children have been interested in dramatic Play, sensory exploration (playdoh, waterplay etc.), and painting activities.

Currently the children’s “Big Play Ideas” are building with lego blocks, train tracks with trains, and using a variety of vehicles on road mats. We enjoy being a part of your child’s development and in the end we strive for each child to feel unique, special, and to have a feeling of acceptance within themselves.