“Education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Children do their most important learning before the age of five, which is why quality education is of the utmost importance in children’s early years. We consider the latest educational research, our own experiences and knowledge base, and also the national Early Years Learning Framework when developing our programs. Our Program is delivered in partnership with families, children's first and most influential educators, to develop learning opportunities that are responsive to children's ideas, interests, strengths and abilities.
Learning outcomes and individual observations of your child are documented in a wide variety of ways, which assists our educators to ensure they are taking a holistic approach to your child’s development and are extending their skills and abilities in meaningful ways. Educators will also draw on you for information and feedback regarding your child’s interests and needs as well as your aspirations regarding your child’s learning.
Each child has their learning and creative work recorded in their own portfolio. The portfolios include observations, events, art work and samples of work.
At The Hills Pre School, we implement a phonics-based, pre-reading program known as Ants in the Apple. The children explore the individual letters and the sounds they represent in written words. We encourage the children to think of words that begin with the weekly sound and bring in objects starting with that letter.
The Ants in the Apple program is adapted to suit the age and developmental level of all the children at the centre. This program allows children to extend their literacy skills and explore concepts that will be necessary for their schooling.
Early childhood programs are structured by a national framework known as the Early Learning Years Framework (ELYF). The foundation of ELYF is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. The EYLF is designed to make the most of a child’s learning from birth to five years and ease the transition into a formal schooling environment. It describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
The EYLF covers practices, learning outcomes and principles that seek to encourage children to expand their horizons and grow up to be confident, caring, intelligent and relational people. Understanding the EYLF will give you peace of mind about your child’s education.