Understanding Our Curriculum - Highfields Child Care Centre

Our Curriculum

Our Educational Programs and Curriculum

Our curriculum is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG), and My Time Our Place (MTOP). We use a holistic approach to incorporate all areas of learning and development. This has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication, language, numeracy, social and emotional development.

It is our belief that all children bring their perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills to their learning experience. Our programs are child focused and inspired by children’s curiosity and imagination, which are designed to nurture the development and growth of each child. Programming is based on observing children on a regular basis, evaluating their strengths and interests and planning future experiences and opportunities from these observations.

Each of our Educators are fully trained and experienced and share our deep passion for Early Childhood Education. They plan and provide a detailed developmental pathway for all children in our care. Our curriculum, educational programs, goals and philosophy are evaluated on a regular basis and all educators are trained and personally consulted with any new developments we implement. Each fortnightly program is displayed in the room for you to view as well as on our online platform.

Children thrive when families and educators work together to support young children’s learning. Opportunities will be made available to parents throughout the year to learn more about our educational programs and also our additional programs that support children’s creative interests.

THE EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK(EYLF) LEARNING OUTCOMES ARE:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

EDUCATORS DOCUMENT CHILDREN’S LEARNING THROUGH A VARIETY OF METHODS INCLUDING:

  • Recording observations of the child individually as well as in group environments
  • Recording children’s learning with photographs
  • Collecting children’s writing, drawing and artwork
  • Feedback and information from families
  • Conduct mid year and end of year summative assessments of children learning
  • Extend children’s learning through monthly individual assessments

Families are encouraged to discuss and contribute to children’s learning as partners in the early education process. Families can contribute through sharing information about their child and events happening in their world, evaluating programs and experiences, viewing and contributing to children’s individual portfolios and by participating at the service.

GOVERNMENT APPROVED KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Our service is dedicated to providing the very best start to children’s education and offers an Approved Kindergarten Program for children in the year prior to staring school.

The QKLG provides a framework aligned to the EYLF and is designed to support teachers to plan and implement quality teaching and learning. Resources that support quality teaching and learning in a kindergarten program can be accessed on the QCAA website.

THE QUEENSLAND KINDERGARTEN LEARNING GUIDELINES PERSPECTIVES:

The QKLG reflects the view that learning occurs as part of, and is shaped by, the social and cultural interactions between children, teachers, colleagues, families, community members and professional partners. It adopts a holistic perspective on teaching and learning that:

  • Promotes social, emotional, physical and cognitive development and wellbeing
  • Views children as diverse learners, who are competent and creative meaning-makers
  • Encourages children to investigate and explore materials and ideas through play and purposeful interactions

STEAM

A large part of our learning programs are based around STEAM, which is a curriculum based on education in five specific areas – Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.This coupled with development through children’s interests and needs, and reflective practices delivers a program that is inspiring for each child and their family.

STORYPARK

Communication with children and families is a huge part of our Philosophy, one we understand is paramount to delivering effective learning.

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