Early childhood curriculum
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the National Quality Standards and the Code of Ethics underpin our curriculum and practice at Ana Kindergarten.
Our curriculum is based on children’s interests, skills, needs and our highly qualified educators support them through planned and spontaneous experiences, also incorporating family input.
The EYLF states that: “Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways. Learning is not always predictable and linear. Educators plan with each child and the outcomes in mind.” (Early Years Learning Framework, p.19). With this in mind, we encourage our educators to use this reference as a source of information rather than as a prescriptive checklist. Our understanding of developmental milestones supports us in effectively assessing children’s play and learning. Intentional teaching, planning and evaluation should be based on sound professional knowledge. It is our belief that when educators embed the practices and principles of the EYLF into their daily practice, the EYLF outcomes will follow, as will the capacity to meet the National Quality Standards. Reflections, observations and evaluation of our programs are available each day for families to read, and feedback.
Teletubbies Room (0 to 2.5 years program)
Children’s learning begins at birth. A calm, safe, caring and attentive environment is provided in the nursery. We provide opportunities for children to explore musical experiences, sensory experiences, pretend play, language and literacy and many more learning experiences to support individual child’s emotional wellbeing, social skills and independence.
Yellow Room (2.5 to 4 years program)
Our program supports each child in managing emotions, develop their autonomy, sense of agency, social and emotional, language, creativity, physical development, independence and playing cooperatively with peers. We introduce numeracy and literacy through play-based and
Blue room (Pre-school program)
Our educators aim to support each individual child to have self-help skills, self-expression, express their ideas through art, literacy, natural and processed resources; nurture their decision making, resilience, language and social skills, build relationships, play collaboratively with peers, and learn about safety. This is to support children in their transition to school and helping them to have a positive disposition towards learning that they will carry on in their life. Preschool children will experience preschool programs including the transition to school, PreLit program (a skilled based, early literacy preparation program for preschool children in the year before school) and PALS (Plan and Learning Tool Socialize). Skills children develop in Ana Kindergarten will become a foundation for lifelong learning.
Transition between rooms
Educators will observe, plan and support each child’s learning based on the EYLF Early Years Planning Cycle. As soon as a child is ready to move to Yellow or Blue, room leaders will discuss the orientation and transition process with parents/caregivers. This will happen before the child turns 2.5 years old or 4 years old –whenever the child is ready.
Outside of School Hours curriculum
Ana OOSH and Ana Vacation Care offer a range of supervised activities that encourage your children to expand on their interests, exploring nature and animals to encourage environmental sustainability, support their autonomy, sense of agency, develop a sense of becoming, being and belonging within groups.
Educators advocate children’s learning through meaningful interactions with peers and educators based on the ‘My Time Our Place’ Framework to achieve the children’s learning outcomes.
Some of the activities available are board games, visual arts, sport, drama, music, dance, story time, show and tell, group time, picnic, cooking experiences, animal projects, gardening and excursions.
We document each individual child’s learning in learning stories and