Evidence shows children learn best through play based learning. Our program provides children with many opportunities to play – to explore, inquire, solve problems, build relationship skills, imagine, create and extend their learning in all curriculum areas including language, literacy and numeracy.
We are guided by two key curriculum frameworks – ‘Listening and Learning Together: The C&K Curriculum Approach’ and the National ‘Early Years Learning Framework’.
- ‘Listening and Learning Together: The C&K Curriculum Approach’ At C&K we see children from birth as thinkers and theorisers rich in ideas and knowledge, as powerful learners and active citizens. We carefully work with an anti-bias curriculum to promote fairness, empowerment and respect, and role-model equity and inclusion. We honour every child’s right to play, build on their existing learning from home, and provide foundations to be a life-long learner.
- ‘Early Years Learning Framework – Belonging, Being and Becoming’ is the national framework for children 0-5 years. It has a vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success in life”,
In the kindergarten program all parts of the day offer opportunities for learning – play, routines, transitions, focused learning and teaching, interactions with others – all foster children’s learning and development.
Programs in our Kindergarten include:
- Nature play – having time to play freely outdoors, connect with nature and use natural materials is a vital part of childhood.
- Risky play – How can I keep myself safe? Can this branch take my weight? These are some the questions and situations children may explore, safely with our expert educators. What does Risky play look like at kindy?
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are weaved into inquiry-based experiences. Children may be encouraged to use design thinking, investigative and scientific processes to explore and learn about the world around them and how things work. Watch our video – What does Science look like at kindy?
- Literacy and language – taking time to talk and read, to have conversations, to draw and play with open-ended materials are some of the ways your educators may incorporate this curriculum area into your child’s learning journey.
- The arts – your child will be able to explore their creativity through visual arts, drama, music, movement and a range of materials, as part of their daily play.
- First Nations Peoples’ histories, perspectives and continuing connections to land, sea and sky in all our programs deepens everyone’s learning.