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Emergent Curriculum & Child Development

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We believe teaching children to have respect and appreciation for our natural environment is an important part of early childhood education. So, we are embedding the environmental education and sustainable practices in our curriculum regularly.

Practicing sustainability empowers children to construct knowledge, explore values and develop an appreciation of the environment and its relationship to their worlds. This lays the foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood.

As the need for greater sustainability becomes more apparent globally, so does the importance of embedding sustainability in children’s programs. Through hands-on experiences and relevant educator pedagogies, children can explore and learn about their local contexts and environmental issues. They can develop the creativity and critical thinking skills necessary to make informed decisions for change, improving the quality of their lives, and those of future generations.

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Sustainability and Environmental Education

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The aim of the Emergent Educational Curriculum is the dynamic, holistic and harmonious development of the child, taking into account both his/her needs as a unique individual and as a social human being.

Our Curriculum is based on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. Our program is driven by children’s interests, strengths and needs and is a balance of intentional teaching by experienced staff and children’s emerging passions for learning. Our approach to learning combines a variety of experiences aimed at facilitating and stimulating all aspects of a child’s development including social, cognitive, physical, language, self-help and self-esteem.

We believe that parents and families are the first teachers of children so sharing the learning journey is vitally important to us. We encourage and support family and community involvement, making connections to nurture and develop every child’s sense of self.

The programs are designed to provide quality care and education to the children, to meet the needs of each individual child and to challenge them at their development level. Through the interaction of the child, the environment, the other children, and the adults in the Centres, the child develops physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually  

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Bush Kinder

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Bush Kinder program is regularly incorporated into our 4-year-old Kinder groups every year. Bush Kinder allows children the opportunity to take supported risks that will give them invaluable learning. During a Bush Kinder session child will be given the chance to engage in unstructured free play. This provides children the opportunity to explore the environment at their own pace and uncover the many wonders of the bush. Children are supported to learn, take risks, engage and explore, whatever the weather. Outdoor spaces with plants, trees, rocks, mud and water invite open ended interactions, spontaneity, risk taking and a connection with nature.

Bush Kinder Program benefits;

  • Increased social and imaginative play
  • The opportunity to construct their own learning is endless
  • Increased confidence
  • motivation and concentration
  • increased social, physical and language skills
  • deeper conceptual understandings and respect for the natural environment
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Yoga program and Sports

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Yoga and sports program are embedded in our curriculum regularly. We believe that the early years of a child’s life are extremely important and introducing yoga and sports at a young age can help to encourage a positive mindset, leaving children feeling focussed, aligned and happy.

Through yoga our children learn to control their emotions better and learn to regulate their emotions on their own. Some of the other benefits we like for our children are:

  • Develop body awareness
  • Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, calming their mind and healthy movement
  • Build concentration
  • Increase their confidence and positive self-image

The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports, but the list of values your child may learn and acquire through sports does not end here. Other positive aspects are numerous, which reveals the true beauty of sport. When children learn positive life lessons through sports, there is no doubt they will become honest, reliable adults who will try to help others in need at any moment.

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Incursions and Excursions

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At excellent Education and Care we organise regular incursion and Excursion throughout the year. Incursions allow hands-on teaching and learning – making learning interactive and fun while excursion expose a child to a range of different experiences and enable them to gain a sense of the world in which they find themselves.

We provide a variety of Incursions and excursions to help assist in your child’s learning of the world and the development of needed skills. These experiences are not only a different environment for your children to experience, but they also have some amazing learning benefits. Excursions are a key way to develop a child’s confidence as they are able to explore and begin to understand the real world. A child’s confidence is vital to their development because it shows they have developed the necessary skills to move into primary school.

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Healthy and balanced meal Plan

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Our menu has been assessed by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service and meets the Australian Menu planning guidelines for long day care.

Our child nutrition program includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Every lunch and snack are nutritionally balanced and meets requirements regarding food components and portion size. Food menus that are catered to their particular needs to special curriculum programs that will strive to enhance their development.

Our menus cater for the allergies and intolerances of children in our care and these requirements are discussed in detail with families before their children commence at the centre.

Good nutrition plays a very important role in children’s physical and mental development in their early childhood. Children have their own unique nutritional requirements. We aim to support this by having a wide variety of foods from the five food groups.

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Achievement program

Our service is participating in the Achievement program to provide the best healthy environment for the children. The Achievement Program is based on the World Health Organization’s model for health promoting early learning services and uses an internationally-recognised best practice approach for enhancing health, wellbeing, learning and development outcomes.  We identify one or more health priorities to focus on in the early stages that reflect the needs and interests of our service.

By embedding the Achievement Program in our service culture we will have happier and healthier children achieving better outcomes. This program allows us to broadly look at health and wellbeing within our early childhood education and care service and determine what policy, cultural and environmental changes are needed to improve the health of our children, staff and wider community. The Achievement Program closely aligns with the National Quality Standard.