Our Curriculum

The Power of Play

At Kids ELC we believe play and learning occur simultaneously. Children’s learning is dynamic, complex and holistic. Physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects of learning are all intricately interwoven and interrelated through play.

Play is a context for learning that:

  • allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness
  • enhances dispositions such as curiosity and creativity
  • enables children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning
  • assists children to develop relationships and conceptsstimulates a sense of wellbeing

The educational theories and practices that are important to us and form the basis of our curriculum delivery include:

Risky Play– Physically challenging children’s abilities, risky play in early childhood can help develop a child’s self-confidence, resilience, executive functioning abilities and even riskmanagement skills.

Schematic Play-Children’s natural curiosity for exploring their world. Schemas an important part in every child’s development. They are the building blocks for the brain, repeated behaviour that in turn establishes connections in the brain patterns of unfolding, learning and growth.

STEM – Increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics capacity. Using a playbased pedagogy, children are given the opportunity to investigate, manipulate and experiment with a wide range of resources and materials that develop the concepts, skills and dispositions that are important for STEM.

Loose Parts Play– Supporting invention, divergent thinking and problem solving. Loose parts create richer environments for children to play, giving them resources,they will need to extend their play with limitless possibilities.

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson

Wellbeing and Connection

A strong sense of wellbeing is demonstrated when children are strong in self and culture; active and healthy; happy and resilient; capable and connected; learning and exploring; and have a sense of agency.

At Kids ELC we nurture responsive relationships. Educators are responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests. They value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning.

Educators respond to children’s expertise, cultural traditions and ways of knowing, the multiple languages spoken by some children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and the strategies used by children with additional needs to negotiate their everyday lives.

Responsive learning relationships are strengthened as educators and children learn together and share decisions, respect and trust. Responsiveness enables educators to respectfully enter children’s play and ongoing projects, stimulate their thinking and enrich their learning. (EYLF, 2019)

The educational theories and practices that are important to us and form the basis of our curriculum delivery include:

Circle of Security- “Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person’s life revolves. From these intimate attachments a person draws strength and enjoyment of life and, through what he contributes, gives strength and enjoyment to others” (Bowlby, J. 1980)

Respectful Practices RIE Approach-through this approach educators build trusting relationships; implement peaceful observation; respect for children at the forefront of practices; and incorporate freedom of movement in all areas of program and practice.

Phoenix Cups Theory- There are 5 cups to describe the needs of humans and how these needs can be met. By discovering what Cups need to be kept full and how they influence behaviours educators can support children meet their needs.

“Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent, and most of all connected to adults and other children.”- Loris Malaguzzi

Sustainable Futures

At Kid ELC we are dedicated to ensuring children learn the importance of treading lightly on our earth. Through embedded sustainability practicesled by our Sustainability Leaders, the children are actively involved in taking responsibility for the environment. We nurture empathy and curiosity in the natural world, viewing children as global citizens with rights.

The time children spend engaging in outdoor environments is valued for empowering a sense of responsibility about their world. Through participating in our sustainability practice and experiences, the children learn respect and appreciation of the natural world around them.

All our centres are involved in the Small Green Steps Enviro Programs which are designed for Early Childhood Education centres, supporting with embedding sustainable direction and a love of nature.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Creating Communities that Inspire

At Kids ELC we build authentic and respectful community connections to create communities that inspire. We recognise and embrace the value each family brings to the rich tapestry of culture in our centre communities.

We recognise and respects the unique place of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as this nation’s First Peoples. We believe that through listening to each other and engaging in dialogue, we can ensure voices are heard, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and language is sustained for future generations.

Following your Child’s Learning Journey

Families are the primary source of knowledge, so together with children and educators we believe a holistic journey of learning can be accomplished.

  • You can follow your child’s journey at Kids ELC through Storypark, conversations, sharing stories, studio projects, learning journal viewing evenings, summative assessments and viewing the displays of learning in their studio environment.

Kindergarten Program

At Kids ELC our play-based Queensland Kindergarten Programs are designed and delivered by qualified Early Childhood Teachers, to support your child with developing skills for a successful transition to school.

As a Reggio Emilia inspired service, we pride ourselves on creating learning environments and playscapes to invite curiosity, wonder and a lifelong love of learning. Early literacy and numeracy skills are meaningfully woven into our child-initiated projects to provide rich foundations for learning.

We believe children learn best in a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop confidence, independence, and a strong sense of emotional and physical wellbeing.

Our Kindergarten Program is informed by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG). The EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, while the QKLG aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten year. The QKLG describes a set of five learning and development areas.

During your child’s Kindergarten year teachers will be supporting your child to:

  • take part in play-based learning
  • expand their physical abilities
  • build their confidence
  • enhance their social skills

Our centres offer the Australian Government Ella Program or language immersion in everyday contexts. ELLA is a proven method of language discovery for Kindergarten children. ELLA develops children’s social, thinking, and digital skills. It supports their literacy and can improve memory and concentration. Teachers incorporate language and technology into their curriculum.

We look forward to welcoming your family to our Kindergarten Program and supporting a successful transition to school for your child

Following your Child’s Kindergarten Learning Journey

Families are the primary source of knowledge, so together with children and educators we believe a holistic journey of learning can be accomplished.

You can follow your child’s journey at Kids ELC through Storypark, conversations, sharing stories, studio projects, learning journal viewing evenings, summative assessments and viewing the displays of learning in their studio environment.

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  • At the end of the Kindergarten year, we celebrate your child’s learning journey and transition to school with our Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony.
  • We plan visits for your child to our local schools, to support with developing confidence and ensuring a smooth transition into their first year of school.
  • Teachers complete a Transition Statement at the end of the year about your child’s achievements and progress to share with your child’s school.
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