The grounds include vegetable garden beds, fruit trees, an interactive garden, water pump and splash creek, sand pits, bicycle tracks and play equipment.
Each classroom in the Early Learning Centre is equipped with interactive white boards and students have access to iPads and desktop computers as the learning programme requires. Technology is important but we are very careful not to let technological devices take over a child-centred, social, playful and creative education.
Kindergarten classes attend the College for approximately 30+
hours each fortnight. Class times are 8:25am to
3:05pm. The Early Years Learning Framework and Western Australian
Kindergarten Guidelines are used as the basis for planning learning experiences
Our experienced Early Childhood educators, supported by Education Assistants provide a stimulating learning environment where each child can develop a natural curiosity about their physical, social and technological world.
Children, while to us they may seem as simply playing, are actually working very hard at learning about their world, how things work and their special place in it!
It is with this in mind that a secure and respectful environment is developed, with the interests of individual students being included, nurtured and valued.
Pre-primary students attend five full days from Week 3 of Term 1. Their days are filled with learning opportunities planned from 8:25am to 3:05 pm. The Early Years Framework is the overarching statement of each Pre-primary class with the Western Australian Curriculum being taught within a playful and investigative pedagogy.
Learning opportunities are purposeful and appropriate to the child’s current thinking, interests and ways of learning.
Activities encourage children’s autonomy, intellectual risk taking, responsibility and control of learning. Teachers use strategies, including explicit approaches with whole-class, small-group and individual encounters.
At Pre-primary age, students develop a strong desire to:
- Make sense of their world. Represent and communicate their experiences and understandings through language and various art forms.
- Construct and review their understandings through interaction with others. Display increasing sophistication and control over their learning.
- Learn through play and experimentation, observation, manipulation and exploration of objects, materials and technologies, physical movement and other phenomena.
- Discuss, describe, label, classify, communicate and represent their observations and experiences in ways which are meaningful to them.
Each class is taught by an experienced Early Childhood educator and is supported by an Education Assistant. There is a central focus of developing social ease in the early years of schooling.