St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten, St Marys, NSW
A Community Service of St Paul's Lutheran Church
“Exceeding National Quality Standards”
under the NSW Department of Education and Communities.
|Programs and Curriculum|
Family grouping is the name given in an education and care setting to groups of children of mixed ages, and is so named as its closely resembles that of a family.|
Here at St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten we endeavour to provide an environment that is responsive to the interests and abilities of each child, and caters for different learning capacities, most effectively supports the way children learn and develop. Therefore we believe that the Family Grouping structure provides the most appropriate setting to foster all areas of a child's early learning and development.
The benefits to the children are:
Programming and Curriculums ||
The Centre operates in a family grouped setting, along with a separate dinning and rest area. Our educators aim to build a trusting and secure environment for both the children and parents. Our play-based learning curriculum is based around children's interests, a range of activities and experiences are offered for each child, which are designed to foster the development of the "whole child" throughout all stages of their development.|
The children's curriculums are informed by the Early Years Learning Framework. Each child's current knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests underpins the curriculum for each group.
The children's curriculums provide a balance of indoor and outdoor learning environments that are flexible and cater to diverse interests, needs and learning capacities. Children are able to choose their own resources, materials and environment, which helps to contribute to each child's sense of belonging and challenges them to explore new possibilities.
Documentation and Displays ||
Documentation and displays are integral to our program. These displays inform families that we value the processes involved in the children's learning. Each child's learning and development is assessed as part of an ongoing cycle that includes planning, documenting and evaluating children's learning. |
The children's portfolios document each child's learning journey, and are available from each of the children's rooms for children, parents, guardians and family members to have a read of their own child's portfolio at any time.
Visual Diaries are available in each of the rooms, which document learning stories A visual diary is on display in the foyer. The visual diary gives you an insight into the fun, learning, interests and play that takes place in your child's day. Please take the time to look and read this diary to share in your child's time at the Centre.
Preschool and School Readiness Program ||
Commencing 'big school' is a major event for a child and their family. As your child approaches school we ensure they are ready for this important transition by integrating a school readiness program as part of their daily experiences. |
Our educators have developed an extensive school readiness program that ensures that the transition to your child's school of choice will be a smooth and happy one.
Our program encourages independent learning. We provide experiences and activities that are driven by the interests of our children, focusing on their skills and development and assisting them to achieve realistic goals.
By using the National Early Years Learning Framework it provides us a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children's learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy and social and emotional development). We aim to give the children the necessary skills to work towards achieving these outcomes, within a stimulating and fun environment where learning opportunities are planned using a play based approach.
The School Readiness program incorporates pre-writing and reading skills using the latest technological resources as well science experiments and maths concepts where children can learn about the world around them as well as exploring and learning key life skills.
Our School Readiness Program commences at the time your child is enrolled at our centre, regardless of their age, and represents a systematic and continuous approach to preparing each child for primary school. Specific school-related goals and objectives which are emphasized in the 6-12 month period prior to commencing school, include:
As well as high quality education and care, St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten also offers-
St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten welcomes your suggestions and feedback on any services that you feel may add value to your stay at the Centre.
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