How We TeachEARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK
What is EYLF?
In December 2007, the council of Australian governments agreed to a partnership between all states to create a national approach to Early Childhood Education. They developed a National Quality Framework for Australia of which Belonging, Being, Becoming: Early Years Learning Framework for Australia is a key component. The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young childrens learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. All Western Australian Kindergartens begin the implementation of this new Curriculum as of 2012. At Kids College we have been working within the EYLF guidelines and are constantly improving our systems to embed the EYLF principles throughout our early childhood educational programmes.
What does Belonging, Being and becoming mean?
Belonging, Being and Becoming are integral parts of identity. Children learn about themselves and construct their own identity within the contexts of their family and communities. This includes their relationships with people, places and things and the actions and responses of others. Identity is shaped by experiences.
Children will experience a sense of belonging when they know where and with whom they belong. We work to create a Kids College family culture where everyone is valued and respected. Please see our community board for more information and examples as to how we achieve these goals.
Children experience a sense of being in the here and now in children?s lives. We value and celebrate their achievements with our Statement of achievement reports which are in the children?s individual portfolios.
Children will also experience a sense of becoming in the process of repaid change that occurs in the early years with growing up and working through the developmental levels. Children at Kids College are guided through development gently with respect to the phase they are in.
What will my child learn?
Your child will be involved in a learning programme based around the 5 principles of EYLF. Learning will be embedded within the programme through activities and learning environments. Some activities are child initiated and follow the interests of the children and some are teacher planned, engaging the children in explicit, planned learning experiences through intentional teaching.
At Kids College children will experience the five learning outcomes of the EYLF
- A strong sense of identity
- Connected with and contribute to the world
- Strong sense of well being
- Confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
We ask families, our staff and the children themselves what they are currently interested in. You would have seen these forms in your child?s classroom. We then take this valuable information and plan specific learning outcomes for your child to extend on their interests and scaffold their learning to new and interesting levels. You will see examples of these throughout the centre. This is one of the ways Kids College creates partnerships between us and your family and creates a relevant educational play experience for each child. We believe in learning through play based experiences, specifically designed interactions and experiences to enrich children?s learning and enjoyment.
- Quality area 1 Educational Program and practice
- Quality Area 2 Children?s health and safety
- Quality Area 3 Physical Environment
- Quality Area 4 Staffing arrangements
- Quality Area 5 Relationships with children
- Quality Area 6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
- Quality Area 7 Governance and leadership
We run a play based program to provide the best environment for learning and providing the most stimulus for brain development. We aim to enhance the children’s understanding of the world around them through a developmentally appropriate program of activities rich with opportunities and information to spark a child’s imagination and curiosity.
We combine the traditional values of play, love, respect, trust
Our unique Kids College curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework builds on each child’s current knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities
Families are included in the critical reflection on children’s learning and development and are part of our ongoing cycle of observation,
We have stringent hygiene, health, nutrition, maintenance, safety and protection standards. We take our duty of care very seriously and will safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our children at all times as a matter of utmost priority.
Resources used in QA 2 include:
- Get up and Grow. Produced by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. This resource covers Healthy eating and Physical Activity.
- SunSmart from the Cancer Council, covering sun safety information
- Munch and Move from the New South Wales government, covering essential fundamental movement skill development.
- I Move We Move, from
NewSouth Wales health department, covering physical activity and healthy practices.
- SIDS safe sleeping programme.
- Staying healthy. 5th Edition. Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services. Produced by the Australian Government National Health and medical research council. This resource covers hygiene and infection control. Concepts in infection control, monitoring illness in children, procedures and issues for employers, educators and other staff.
FoodsafeFood Handler Training Programme. Produced by Environmental Health Australia. This resource is used to train and implement food safety practices. FoodsafePlus Food safetyProgram. Produced by Australian Institute of Environmental Health. Food safe Plus incorporates the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.
- Our Kids College Food Safety Programme is externally audited and has achieved their highest rating consistently.
- Jennifer has done advanced food safety training
- We are subject to Joondalup council inspections every three months. At each
inspectionsince we opened we have achieved their highest indicator ranking of A, Low riskhazard.
- Child protection training through the Australian Government’s www.mandatoryreporting.wa.gov.au
- Eight members of our staff have Sleep management Training with Ngala
- Jennifer and Denise are qualified 1-2-3 magic and Emotion coaching practitioners
- Craig and Jennifer both have Advanced First Aid training.
- All staff have been trained by NGALA in Healthy Eating
- Jennifer has a Certificate in Post Natal Support for women
- Connections training in children’s mental health
- SDERA road safety training
- Fire safety training through Fire Safety, Jennifer also has advanced Fire Safety and Chief warden training.
- We also use Centre Support resources who have extensive professional development resources, training and info sheets.
- We go above expectations and instead of only having one person on site trained in First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma, all our carers to get qualified in each area.
We strive to provide an environment of excitement and challenge, to facilitate children?s learning in all the areas of a child?s development. We provide an educationally rich environment which promotes competence, independent exploration and learning through play. We have vibrant and flexible spaces indoors and outdoors that are responsive and inclusive of the interests and abilities of each child. We also embed sustainability and recycling at Kids College to support our place in our modern global climate of environmental responsibility.
We pride ourselves on our team of enthusiastic and dedicated early childhood educators who participate in a lively culture of professional inquiry and value being life long learners with ongoing professional development in order to build shared professional knowledge, understanding and skills. We have a positive workplace culture that values and supports our professionalism as early childhood educators. We believe in our team of enthusiastic educators who genuinely enjoy being part of children’s lives and enjoy creating warm responsive relationships with a foundation based in secure bonding and attachments.
We have exceptional respectful and equitable relationships with each and every child entrusted
“It takes a whole village to raise a child” and Kids College values our partnership with parents and takes pride in our position as our children’s home away from home, ensuring our families and children build a strong sense of belonging to the kids College family. We enjoy moments together, making memories and setting down the groundwork for a lifelong love and passion for learning. We view the context of family, culture
Kids College values our strong leadership that promotes our ongoing cycle of professional development with educational leadership to ensure continual improvement and a sustained commitment to excellent professional practices. We value our collaborative partnerships with professional, community and research organisations and enjoy playing an active role in shaping the future of early childhood education. We believe in advocating for the importance of early childhood education, researching and experimenting with new ideas to inspire and create better outcomes for all children. We are aiming for continuous improvement with comprehensive plans for sustaining our commitment to excellence moving with the changing needs of our families and the greater climate of early childhood education. .