Early Learning

What your child will learn the early years

With the advent of the national Early Years Learning Framework and the development of the Australian Curriculum it is timely to raise our expectations of what students can achieve in their first years at school.

While a cross-curriculum approach characterises teaching in the early years, it does not mean that programs are content free. On the contrary, from the beginning of Kindergarten, teachers will plan engaging, challenging and supportive learning programs that give children every opportunity to learn by building on children’s existing knowledge, skills and interests.

The Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum clarify what we expect students to achieve in the early years. When finalised, the Australian Curriculum will set the curriculum content and achievement standards for Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2.

For Kindergarten, content will be based on the general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, focusing on personal and social competence and preparatory literacy and numeracy capabilities. Practice is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.

Your child’s year at the Early Childhood Centre will be a step up from the home environment, where he/she will become part of a learning environment that encourages independence and a love for learning through a variety of formal and informal activities in a play based framework.

Essentially, these years are most important, as they progressively prepare your child for the transition into Year 1.  A carefully planned program encourages each child to develop cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally by participating in a wide variety of experiences and activities.  The program aims to allow the children to experience success and at the same time challenge and extend them.  Participating will help your child:

  • relate to other children and adults with confidence
  • establish necessary skills in academic areas
  • work independently and cooperatively
  • learn to follow direction accurately
  • establish the foundations for their adjustment to school

The Early Childhood Centre program covers all curriculum areas and is usually taught in an integrated way focusing on numerous themes and catering for individual development.

The curriculum areas in Early Childhood Centre are English (Literacy, Literature and Language), Mathematics, Science, History, Technology and Enterprise, Health, Physical Skills (gross motor and fine motor) and the Arts (Music, Visual Arts and Drama).

Your child’s social and emotional capabilities directly impact on their learning and well-being.  Our Early Childhood program encourages each child’s social and emotional development of confidence, persistence, organisation, social and emotional resilience.

At the Early Childhood Centre, indoor and outdoor play is viewed as being of equal importance in the learning process.  Through play and conversation, young children learn about themselves, other people and the world around them.  Children learn through “hands on”, concrete experiences using all their senses.  They learn best when they are actively involved and interested rather than just solely from instruction.  The doing, seeing, hearing, touching and speaking provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

In the Early Childhood Centre classrooms there are structured and unstructured times of the day.  There are activity tables, mat area, block corner, puzzle corner, computers, dramatic play area, book corner, writing table and outdoor play area.

First Weeks

The first few weeks at the Early Childhood Centre are an important time for a child.  It is a time when they will be:

  • entering a new environment
  • meeting and learning to trust new people
  • having to mix and share with other children
  • working in a group situation

During this time the activities set up will help the children learn:

  • how to use the equipment properly
  • where things belong
  • the activities that are carried out in each area
  • routines

The First Few Days

We realise that this may be the first time your child has been separated from you and that it can become an anxious time for both you and your child.

The following tips are included to hopefully make those first few days less stressful:

  • Always display a positive attitude towards your child going to our Early Childhood Centre. Young children are very good at picking up and reflecting the emotions of people important to them. If they sense that you are unsure about the situation then your child will, more often than not, feel the same way too.
  • Always say “Goodbye” to your child. Don’t break your child’s trust in you.  Be clear about what is happening… say things like “It’s your special time to play with other children/toys….  I will be back to get you at 3 o’clock.”
  • If your child becomes upset at leaving you, in most cases the best thing to do is give them a kiss and hug, say ‘goodbye’ and go. If your child is still distressed after time in our care, you will be contacted by phone.

Signing in to Kindergarten

Parents are asked to wait outside until the door is opened, then come to the door so that the child can enter and leave with the teacher’s knowledge. In the morning parents are required to bring their child into the classroom and the Kindergarten parent complete the sign in sheet. Parents can then help their child with their bag and drink bottle.   Please enjoy a puzzle or book with your child before leaving.  The class bell will be rung at approximately 9.00am to indicate to parents to say goodbye to their child.

NOTES: Written or verbal authority is required if a person other than the parent picks up the child. (See Custody section).

Clothing

The Pre Primary children are encouraged to wear the Mullaloo Beach Primary School T-Shirt. Kindergarten children are encouraged to wear clothing from home for playing in.  A spare set of clothes kept in your child’s bag is essential in case of any minor accidents.

School shorts and shirts are also available at Nell Gray Uniform Concept, 5/7 Delage Street, Joondalup WA 6027 Tel: 9270 4660.

Shoes

The children will be expected to climb any climbing equipment with either bare feet or sneakers.  Sandals, thongs and dress shoes are way too dangerous.  The children can put their shoes in their bags if they remove them.

Hats

Please include a school hat in your child’s bag.  It is a school policy that children are to wear a blue bucket hat (School Dress Code) whenever playing outside.  Hats are to be worn all year.  If your child does not have a hat they will be asked to stay on the veranda or in the sandpit where there is cover.  The uniform shop sells the School Council recommended school hat. “No Hat No Play in the sun”

Uniform – Pre Primary

BOYS: Wear royal blue shorts, lemon/royal polo shirt printed with school logo.

GIRLS: Wear royal blue Zina skirt or shorts with lemon/royal polo shirt printed with school logo.

WINTER: (boys & girls):

  • Royal blue track pants.
  • Royal blue long- sleeve polo shirt.
  • Zip royal blue jacket with school logo.

Bucket hat– royal blue (compulsory), reversible with faction colour

Uniform– Kindergarten

Not required.

Water Bottles

Each day your child is asked to bring a bottle of water, labelled with their name.  These are to be placed on the table near the door in the morning.

Fruit

Each child is asked to bring in their own piece of fruit to eat at fruit time.  In the mornings please make sure that this piece of fruit is cut up or peeled for your child if necessary and that it is stored in a separate container or if in a lunch box, your child knows what is for fruit time.  We promote healthy living and healthy eating and request that only fruit and vegetables be sent along.   NUT PRODUCTS NOT PERMITTED

Lunch

At lunchtime the children will be required to eat their sandwich or main item first.  Any extra food may be eaten after this.  We ask for a nutritious lunch with treats such as roll ups, chocolate bars and lollies remaining home treats.  Please be mindful of hot weather when choosing sandwich fillings.  We suggest a cooler bag with a frozen bottle to keep your child’s lunch cool and fresh.

Please advise the teacher if your child has any food allergies.

Canteen

Early Childhood students generally do not use the Canteen in first semester. This can be reviewed as the year progresses.

Parent Roster

Parent involvement is an important part of our program.

To allow each child time to settle into the Early Childhood environment and become familiar with their new peers and teachers, we will commence our Parent Roster in the middle of term one.  Until then it is important that we are also able to establish the rules and boundaries within the Pre Primary environment.

Label your child’s items

It is vital that you label all your child’s belongings, particularly jumpers to prevent loss or getting mixed up with the property of other children. **Stationery items DO NOT need to be labelled. There will be a Lost Property Box for items that have “no name”.