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As a member of REAIE (Reggio Emilia Australia), our school learning program is specially designed using the Australian Early Year Learning Framework and Reggio Emilia Approach.
Play is the primary context within which young children learn. We understand that children are active learners, and through the natural process of play children will explore and use their imagination as well as engage in decision making and problem solving in order to make sense of their world.
We respond to this understanding by providing learning environments that are inclusive and inviting: nature-based learning, hands-on, open-ended and meaningful experiences which have made our learning program so unique.
Each day in our school, children will have the opportunity to take part in all the learning activities such as: active programs, quiet spaces and areas for messy, wet and creative play, visual arts, singing, dancing, musical play, dramatic play and a whole range of indoor and outdoor real-life experiences – all within a safe, nurturing environment.
Our real-life engagements may include: caring for pets, planting and nurturing our vegetable gardens, cooking experiences, adopting sustainable practices to help care for our environment and engaging our local community through regular excursions.
We focus on 5 key learning outcomes and 6 developmental areas which are designed to capture the integrated and complex learning and development of all children across five age ranges.
Children having a strong sense of identity.
Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
Children have a vivid sense of wellbeing.
Children are confident and involved learners.
Children are effective communicators.
1. Physical Development (independence – self help skills – risk taking)
Learn to take responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
To combine gross and fine motor movements and balance.
2. Cognitive Development (thinking skills, including numeracy)
Enhance their curiosity.
Use the processes of play, reflection and investigation to solve problems.
Use thinking skills and transfer knowledge from one setting to another.
3. Social / Emotional Development
Learn to interact with others with care, empathy and respect.
Use effective routines during the day.
Begin to initiate negotiating and sharing behaviors.
4. Language and Communication Development
Explore ideas and concepts, and clarify and challenge their thinking through interaction with others.
Play and respond positively to others, and to reach out for company and friendship.
To respond verbally and non-verbally to what they see, hear, touch, feel and taste.
5. Creative Development (art – music – movement – pretend play)
Explore ideas and theories using imagination and creativity to make
meaning through a range of media.
Be open to new challenges and make discoveries (learning new skills).
6. Environment (sustain and explore natural environment)
Show growing appreciation and care for the natural and constructed environment.
Explore relationships with other living and non-living things, observe, notice and respond to changes.
Develop an awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment and the interdependence of living things.