The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices, and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It is part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. Through implementing the EYLF into our daily programs, our educators are helping your child to develop:
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Within our transition to school program, there are specific experiences that the preschoolers can participate in, to assist them in preparing for school. These experiences will enable the children to extend on their current skills and abilities and provide opportunities to learn new developmental skills needed when starting school.
The overall aim of our transition to school program is to help and support children to:
For a child to function productively and learn constructively and happily at school, they need to be able to initiate, problem solve, communicate effectively, deal with conflict, form friendships, relate easily with teachers, adapt to different classrooms and teaching styles, take some responsibility for their own belongings, actions and behaviours.
We want every child to have this opportunity, to thrive, to enjoy, developing a sense of community, belonging and success. Sending a child to school before they possess the maturity at the emotional and social level often leads children to struggle and may find their first few years of school an unhappy experience.
Although our daily program itself provides opportunities throughout the whole year for encouraging the skills needed for starting school, we will offer a transition to school program to focus on these key learning areas.
Our 20-week program will focus on the following topics;
These topic areas will be delivered in various ways including large and small group experiences, table activities, outdoor play sessions and daily routine tasks. Each child will have their own profile where we will collect work samples and photographs to map their progress.
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