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 developing each child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical skills.
Guided by the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), our program is focused on helping your child to:
- develop a strong sense of identity
- become connected with and contribute to their world
- develop a strong sense of well-being
- be confident and involved learners
- become effective communicators
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. Our extensive early learning and development philosophy can be viewed when you visit our kindergarten.