Our St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres offer an educational program for children from birth to six (6) years. All programs are displayed on the Notice Boards in the child's room.
The program will include activities such as:
- Art, crafts, cutting
- Music and movement
- Puzzles and matching games
- Dramatic play
- Construction blocks
- Pre-writing, language and literacy
- Self-help skills
- Social interactions
- Messy play
- Environmental awareness
- Science and mathematics
- Spatial awareness
- Fine motor and gross motor skills
The first step to programming is for the centre to develop a PHILOSOPHY. A philosophy is the critical study of fundamental beliefs aimed at incorporating our viewpoint, thinking, values, attitudes and ideas to offer the best possible learning environment. It provides the foundation that supports everything that happens within the centre.
The main focus of the program is the CHILDREN. As Early Childhood professionals, we look at the whole child to consider whether the play is individual or as a group. We also consider the surrounding environment, the resources being used and the experiences. All of these practices influence the observation. We record the observations by:
- Writing what we see
- Taking photos
- Collecting finished products from the children, and
- Talking to parents and children
From the observation we plan the individual or group experience, taking into account the diversity (range) of the children within the group.
Educators evaluate the experience and the influences that may have affected the outcome - for example, the environment, the routine, staff interactions.
Evaluation is ongoing and is an important part of the process to ensure children's learning, development, interests and well-being are supported. Staff members consider the outcomes of the evaluation for further planning.