The Kindergarten and Pre-primary classrooms are situated in a safe and securely fenced area. The Early Learning Centre grounds include vegetable garden beds, an interactive garden, water pump and splash creek, sand pits, bicycle tracks and play equipment.
Kindergarten classes attend the College for approximately 30+ hours each fortnight. Class times are 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The Early Years Learning Framework and the Western Australian Kindergarten Guidelines are used as the basis for planning the learning experiences for the students.
Students are taught by an experienced Early Childhood educator supported by Education Assistants to provide a stimulating learning environment where each child can develop a natural curiosity about their physical, social and technological world. Play is the way children learn about their world.
Learning programmes are created to continue each child’s development in their linguistic, social, emotional, aesthetic, spiritual, erective, physical and cognitive ways of knowing. A secure and respectful environment is developed, with the interests of individual students being included and valued.
Pre-primary students attend five full days from Week 3 of Term 1. Their days are filled with learning opportunities planned from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The Early Years Framework is the overarching framework 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.
Students develop a strong desire to:
- Make sense of their world. Represent and communicate their experiences and understandings through language and various arts 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. The classroom in the Early Childhood are equipped with interactive white boards with students having access to iPads and PC’s as the learning programme needs. Technology is important but we are very careful not to let technological devices take over a child centred, social, playful and creative education.