Being, Belonging, Becoming
St Augustine’s Anglican Kindergarten provides programs for children from approximately three years to five years of age. Children develop dramatically during these years. Even within a given age group it is normal for children’s development to vary enormously from one child to another. Our staff take a flexible approach to planning experiences for the children, given the differences between individual and group needs.
Our kindergarten program is based on an understanding of the progressive and cumulative changes that occur as a child grows. The pre-school years are a time of peak-learning that forms the basis of future educational achievements. Skills, knowledge and attitudes are fostered individually, but within a group setting, educational objectives are formed to develop each child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical skills.
We plan experiences based on the children’s interests
This helps children learn through things they enjoy doing and encourages them to develop and express their own ideas.
We provide sensory and ‘open-ended’ experiences
Pasting, painting, water, sand, clay, dough, dress ups, blocks etc. all provide experiences for which there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ solution. Children are able to manipulate and freely explore their surroundings and learn in non-threatening and positive ways.
We involve parents
By being involved, parents and staff gain the chance to share their perceptions, concerns and ideas and can join in with children’s play without everyday household distractions. The increased adult-child ratio allows for more interaction on a one-to-one basis. Parents can observe what happens in the kindergarten and their presence helps develop trust and confidence between adults and children, promoting a feeling of community.
We use language sensitively
It is important to attend to language skills, thereby:
- allowing children to develop an understanding of the concepts held in language;
- encouraging children in language use;
- promoting individual decision-making; and
- giving positive feedback when children exhibit skill development in any field.
We constantly assess children’s development
The program is adapted, when necessary, in order to take account of each child’s development, skills mastered, strengths and weaknesses identified, attitudes displayed and the group dynamics which operate in the group as a whole.
Our main objectives throughout the year are to encourage the active involvement and independent thinking of each child. Through child-initiated spontaneous play, we constantly emphasise the importance of the process and children’s own ideas in the development of their imagination and thought.
The program is focused on helping your child in the following areas:
- developing life skills;
- developing greater independence and confidence;
- developing skilful control of the body; and
- expressing her/himself in many ways through language, art, movement; and drama, construction and music.