Further to this and inline with legislative requirements:
A minimum of 2 days attendance ensures children access the Kindergarten program for 15 hours each week; this operates in conjunction with wrap around child care from 7am to 6pm.
The Kindergarten Program is accessed in line with the teacher's weekly roster (displayed at the centre).
The Kindergarten Program is available 48 weeks of the year.
Two sit down parent / teacher catch-ups are scheduled across the year, while a 'Transition Statement' will be provided for children moving onto Prep.
Please refer to the attachment below, "Funded Kindergarten Program Statement of Fees", for further information.
The program and practices of the Approved Kindergarten Program are guided by the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines.
This is an exciting educational program, engaging children naturally in our well resourced environment. Our teacher aims to lay firm foundations for successful life long learning. As in all our rooms, active participation is encouraged and supported. The physical size of this room is much larger than the prescribe regulation requirement.
We are really proud of the program run by our Kindergarten Teacher. She and her assistant educators work hard each day at individually planning for your child. She observes them as they engage naturally in our environment, facilitating their interests, needs and strengths, and then works to these to prepare your child for ongoing learning. Our teacher knows where your child is going on their education journey. She has been a teacher in schools, so knows and understands the skills essential to meet the next step.
Our teacher believes in developing the whole child, emotionally, socially, academically, creatively and physically in an environment where children feel safe, secure and supported. She believes that children learn, remember, understand and perform in many different ways. With this in mind she believes it is imperative to ensure children are provided with different opportunities to learn in a variety of ways to ensure all children’s learning styles are catered for.
Through engagement within the kindergarten program we aim to challenge children’s thinking to manipulate ideas in ways that transform their meaning and understanding. This allows children to activate their higher-order thinking and encourages children to further question and construct knowledge on a higher level and understanding. We encourage children to be involved learners within the classroom and provide input about their interests to create a child initiated and therefore engaging program.
As all children are different, the program is designed to cater for each child’s individual needs. Daily we gather individual and group observations. From these, goals and activities are developed, based on developmental needs and personal interests. These goals and activities are implemented into the daily curriculum. Play or discovery based programs offer children the opportunity to explore and discover at their own pace. Our role as educators is to offer engaging and varied opportunities for discovery and to extend children’s knowledge as they learn new things.
When developing the program for the Red Room, our early childhood teacher considers many factors. These include:
The individual needs of each child
The observed interests of the group
The needs of children as they move into formal schooling
The guidelines of the National Framework – The Early Years Learning Framework.
The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines
The Continua of Learning and Development (QLD Kindergarten learning guideline companion)
Our classroom is calming and inviting, where each individual contributes to the harmonious atmosphere. A place where educators work collaboratively; children have the opportunity to develop in familiar surroundings; learning is personally meaningful and fun and laughter is always encouraged.
Puneet joined CHCCD in 2018 with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) that she completed in 2014 at Southern Cross University and a Diploma of Children’s which she finished in 2008. Puneet holds full registration with the Queensland College of Teachers and has a firm understanding of the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework.Puneet has over 9 years of experience working in early childhood education and care having taught in a variety of children’s learning environments; including family day care, long day care, Preschool and School practicums in Primary School settings (Kindergarten to Year 6) in both NSW and QLD. In her classroom, the emphasis is placed in building strong, supportive relationships with all the children and their respective families and encouraging meaningful interactions as this approach is renowned for promoting positive learning and development outcomes. Puneet supports the children to achieve personal developmental goals across communication, social, emotional, physical and intellectual domains by providing learning experiences based on the children’s emerging needs, interests and talents and by implementing flexible teaching strategies that excite and motivate the children to learn. She understands the importance of having respect and sensitivity to diverse religious and cultural backgrounds and the significance of integrating these into learning experiences. Puneet has a clear focus on encouraging children’s literacy and numeracy development, but above all she is passionate about life-long learning and strives to be a positive role model for the children in this way. She welcomes open communication and the opportunity to learn and grow from the diverse knowledge, understandings and skills provided by each child, their families, professional colleagues and peers within the community.
Oliverjoined the CHCCD team in 2017 as a relief educator, although his interest and study of Early Years Education commenced long before, in 2012. Oliver has experience working across all age groups from babies to the kindergarten year and he was thrilled to accept the opportunity to join the kindergarten room in 2018 as support educator. Oliver shares a similar approach to Early Years Education as Puneet regarding the importance of building supportive, secure relationships with children. Oliver also has a particular interest in supporting children’s physical development and skills and has a keen interest in nature and sustainability. He offers a positive male influence and presence as a young, outgoing Early Childhood educator and he looks forward to making meaningful connections with the kindergarten children and co-creating stimulating learning experiences.
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