Play Based Learning Programs
Our learning programs are play based, appropriate to different age groups, fun, challenging and educational. It allows all children to explore, discover, take risks, create meaning and solve problems – all the important foundations for developing literacy, numeracy, self-help and social skills. A strong focus on play as an important component of the day means children enjoy numerous opportunities to be both creative and active.
The Early Years Learning Framework EYLF
Our main objective for children learning relates to each child’s “Belonging, Being and Becoming”, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia. This is the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework (NQF) for early childhood education and care which is designed to encourage continuous improvement of education and care services across Australia. The EYLF defines the principles, practices and outcomes essential to every early learning program and is designed to ensure all children, from birth to five years of age, receive high quality learning experiences.
The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning and aims to achieve five overall Learning Outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity.
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- Children are confident and involved learners.
- Children are effective communicators.
You can find more information about the National Quality Framework at http://acecqa.gov.au
You can click here to download the Early Years Learning Framework Families Guide.
Or click here for downloading Early Years Learning Framework Families Guide in more than 20 different languages.
Accredited and Funded Kindergarten Program
At Wonderland, a state-funded and accredited kindergarten program is available for all children reaching the age of 5 by Apr 30 the following year. It is mainly planned for all children transitioning to grade prep in the primary school. It will commence from late January till early December in each calendar year.
Our Kindergarten Program is planned and implemented by our Qualified Kindergarten Teachers.
Kindergarten Programs are designed to improve our child’s development in the following key areas:
- social skills, like how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
- self-awareness and respect for others
- emotional skills, for example, understanding others and their own feelings
- language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
- a joy for learning and group activities, such as talking, drawing and making things together with other children
- ability to make new friends
- exposure to new ideas and concepts
Our Kindergarten Program also provides families with access to support and assistance for children with special needs for children with diabaility, developmental delay, or complex medical needs, via the Inclusion and Professional Support Program.
You can click here for more information for families to choose a right kindergarten for their children.
Our State funded language program, ELLA program, is also available to all kidner children to learn Chinese in a fun way. It is delivered everyday by our educator Yan Chang, who migrated originally from Beijing, China and is very enthusiatic in guuding our children to experience Chinese languages, customs and cultures in a very fun and interactive manner.
External Learning Experiences
In addition to the individualised learning programs planned from our educators, external learning programs are also provided to enrich children learning experiences.
Every Wednesday mornings —- Hey Dee Ho Music. It is a 30-minute fun time session of combining music, movement and learning for all children in each room. A pre-planned weekly learning program is implemented by the regular Hey Dee Ho presenter.
Every Thursday afternoons — Sports 4 Kinders S4K. It is a 30-minute active session for all toddlers and kinders to participate in both individual or group sports activities.
Incursion and Excursion Programs
It is our mission to provide each child in Wonderland a stimulating and fun environment to foster creativity and curiosity for all children in our care. Regular incursion and excursion programs are offered to different age groups. Some examples of our previous educational programs include: