At Bowral Street Childcare we believe in interest based learning. Our centre programs are developmentally appropriate and play orientated. Experiences cater to the current interests and abilities of all children. This assists in empowering children to view themselves as successful, capable and competent learners. We also adopt some home-based principles from the Reggio Emilia approach, to support children to understand and contribute to their daily routines at home.
Educators use the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes to guide their planning and offer excellent educational programs for all children. Educators identify children’s strengths and interests, choose teaching and learning strategies and design appropriate learning environments. Our school readiness program is also based on the EYLF and includes the practice of a range of skills that children commonly learn in Kindergarten, with the intention of easing them into their transition to school. Many teachers have praised our program!
I really like the inclusion of teaching the children a language other than English, visits to the garden, yoga and our visitors eg. Aboriginal liaison, drumming man, and karate lessons have all been great activities! ~ Parent
We offer children a wide range of enjoyable activities and experiences. In addition to the children’s play and intentional teaching, we have quite a few special guests who visit our centre to support our educational program. These include the Matilda Farmyard Nursery, Reptile Man, a magician, a puppet show, community members who visit us for ‘People who help us’ week, a soccer coach, karate instructor, etc. We currently teach the children Japanese and have previously taught Spanish; thanks to the skills of our wonderful Educators!
Working in collaboration with children and families contributes to our rich learning environment, and families are encouraged to contribute to our program regularly through our Educators’ program and daily records, through spontaneous experiences and guest visits, and by offering ideas and suggestions for activities.
At Bowral Street Childcare children are engaged in a variety of experiences, which include opportunities to explore and discover their environment, work together, problem solve, engage in sensory play, engage on their own or with educators, and participate in quiet or vigorous experiences. Children’s learning is documented on our KidsXap Digital Learning Portfolio and information about the program is readily available to all parents from the KidsXap app and web portal and also in our monthly newsletters.