"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Photos and stories of your child's time in care are uploaded to our 'KidsXap' online system, for you to easily access from your mobile phone or computer using your secure username and password. This makes sharing updates about your child's learning and progress with other family members simple and enjoyable. Each child also has their own individual learning portfolio located in their learning environments.
At Noarlunga Community Children’s Centres, we plan and develop rich play based curriculum's for each individual child, as well as planning experiences and developing visions of achievement for the group as a whole, which reflect the service's Quality Improvement Plan. The curriculum is developed in reference with the Early Years Learning Framework, which has a strong focus on play based learning and guides our Principles and Practices in our work with young children. Educators use information on the child gathered through on-going observations, Learning Stories, parent/carer information and their own knowledge on the child’s strengths, initiatives and interests to develop these curriculum's.
We provide a fortnightly Music program called 'Musical Muscles' for preschool children, delivered by local community member and qualified music teacher, Caleb. Children are actively engaged in these interactive hands-on learning sessions where they use musical instruments to explore rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, timbre and texture, and develop kinaesthetic awareness through the movement of their bodies. Music is a core subject of The Arts in the Australian Curriculum, and it is vital for children to develop their aural (listening) skills in their early years of learning to be able to successfully build onto more complex musical skills throughout their schooling.
Excursions and incursions are meaningfully planned for year round to develop children's connections with their community and link learning with real world experience, to help form conceptual understandings.
EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) has been developed by the Australian Government to provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning.
"The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has specific emphasis on play based learning and recognises the importance of communication language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. It has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s most influential educators" (EYLF 2009).
PRIMARY CARE GIVING
Noarlunga Community Children’s Centres believe that it is important for each child to feel safe and secure in their environment in order for them to be confident to explore, learn and develop to their full potential. For this reason, we use a Primary Caregiving model, which is based on the understanding that a secure attachment between caregivers and children are crucial in quality childcare for children to flourish and learn about the world and themselves. Each child is assigned a primary caregiver for the room that they are in, and this carer works towards building a trusting, warm, secure relationship with the child in partnership with the parents. Providing the child a “secure base” in their primary caregiver to return to for comfort and emotional support, they feel more confident to explore and develop further relationships in their environment with peers and other educators.
The ratios as set by the South Australian Education Standards Board are as follows:
Birth to Two Years 1:4
Two to Three Years 1:5
Three to Five Years 1:10
Generally, our Educator numbers exceed the minimum requirements set by the Board.