We provide a balance of teacher-initiated activities and child-initiated learning to guide our curriculum, which focuses on expanding project based learning to include fairness, social justice, inclusion and equality, as well as cultivating social and emotional skills such as resourcefulness, critical thinking, curiosity, problem-solving, initiative, independence, and resilience. Children are encouraged to take on responsibilities within the room in a literacy-rich environment.
In addition, the children participate in countless art experiences, Science experiments, Mathematics, Language classes, Cooking experiences, Music and Movement, Yoga and Sports, Incursions, Our News Program, and Group Times where the children get to share their ideas and enhance their public speaking skills.
At KAELC, the literacy program we use is called “Letterland”, which was created to teach phonics using a story-based approach. This story-based approach engaged the children, leading to long term retention of the basic concepts. Letterland activates every channel through actions like Music, Movement, Song, Games, and roleplay.
The educators work with small and large groups of children between the ages of three and five. The educators have ample opportunities to follow the EYLF program cycle: Assessing, planning, documenting, and reflecting while practising our Preschool Program.
At KAELC, the preschool program’s goal is to help children gain independence, a positive sense of self, self-motivation, and a love of learning as they prepare for school.
We develop the curriculum around the relationships children have with their families and communities, collaborating with their parents to ensure that each child’s knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities, and interests are the foundation of our program.
Our educators will assist to ensure that our program reflects the principles and practices of the National Early Learning Framework, The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), with the following five learning outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
- Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
- Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators