St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten, St Marys, NSW
A Community Service of St Paul's Lutheran Church
rated at
“Exceeding National Quality Standards”
under the NSW Department of Education and Communities.
Programs and Curriculum








Family Grouping
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:
  • Language development occurs very well in mixed age groups where children act as role models for others with fewer language skills. In family groups, younger child are surrounded with language interactions of various levels and complexity, and as a result, may often develop language skills more rapidly than their peers in age group care.
  • New children settle more easily and feel secure with help from siblings, and older children. The settled children help guide children who are new to the setting to learn what happens during the day, and in the process develop their own self-esteem and self-confidence. They model sharing and turn-taking for new or younger children.
  • Fewer behavioural problems are a common feature of family grouping. Children of varying ages do not have to compete for the same play equipment as their play interests are often very different, and they tend to interact in more positive social ways. There is less aggression and more nurturing of others. In family grouping, children learn more positive behaviours from a wider age range of children.
  • Physical and intellectual development is also well provided for in a family grouped setting, since each child is able to play and learn at their own pace. Children learn to accept and respect others' abilities and can themselves attempt any experience without embarrassment or a sense of failure. Older children are able to model appropriate play and problem solving to younger children while mastering and extending their own development.
  • Play is often more complex as older children extends younger children's ideas or younger children follow the ideas and suggestions and contribute to the play.
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:
  • Begins to print a few letters from the alphabet
  • Can recognise own name
  • Can write own name
  • Can recognise letters from the alphabet
  • Begins to print letters from the alphabet
  • Begins to recognise and print a few numbers
  • Draws pictures with detail
  • Sorts objects according to category
  • Demonstrates the concept of opposites
  • Hold writing implements using correct grip
  • Uses scissors with safety and control
  • Recognises shapes and colours
  • Recognises shapes and colours
  • Recognises shapes and colours
  • Can finish a task and tidy up afterwards
  • Participates in imaginative play
  • Understands sequence of events
  • Is aware of road safety and stranger danger
  • Packing their own bag
  • Following through on instructions without constant supervision
  • Eating out of a lunch box (unwrapping food, eating whole pieces of fruit etc)
  • Forming letters on a line going from left to right
  • Putting shoes and socks on without help
  • Health, Hygiene and Safety, including road safety, car safety, stranger danger, sun-protective behaviours, dental and oral hygiene, etc.
  • Interacting positively and politely with adults
  • Working in small and large group situations


As well as high quality education and care, St Paul's Lutheran Kindergarten also offers-
  • Visiting Dental Service
  • Visiting eye screening service
  • A Pre School program run by a qualified Early Education Teacher
  • A curriculum that is overseen by our Educational Leader
  • Monthly newsletters - keeping all families abreast with the latest news and happenings at the centre
  • Children's Information Technology systems for research, communication and learning
  • Ella Language Program
  • Children's Portfolios on each individual child, as well as group learning stories and visual diaries, which give you an insight into the fun, learning, interests and play that takes place at the Centre
  • Parent / Educator meetings
  • Information Evenings
  • Spacious playgrounds, offering a variety of equipment, environments, resources and activities in open and sun-sheltered areas, which can be used by children of all ages
  • Regular visits from Pastor David, sharing stories and singing songs with the children
  • Off street parking for staff, parents and visitors to the Centre
  • Many fun, interest and education based incursions throughout the year to further support children's learning
  • Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate registered Centre for fee reductions (where families are eligible)
  • Automated Payment Facility (EZIDEBIT) - every Monday your account is charged to your nominated account
  • Books- a range of children's books to borrow and take home from our library
  • Caring and supportive staff and management team for parent advice, educator support, enquiries, payments etc.
  • Children's Services Advice- external children's services advisors available for families of children with disabilities, learning and behaviour difficulties
  • Community events
  • And coming soon - Belly Dancing for Preschoolers


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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