Wallaby Room Program
Our program is guided by our Centre’s philosophy and the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF 0-5 ) and the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework (VEYLF O-8) All our curriculum decisions are based on these.
The frameworks describe the principles, practices and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to 8 years of age, their transition to school and the early years at school. The frameworks have a strong emphasis on play based learning. They have been designed for use be early childhood professionals working in partnerships with families, children’s first and most influential educators.
Our goals are centered around these frameworks as we work towards children developing a strong sense of identity , well being, and community, good communications skills and positive dispositions
Our Wallaby Room curriculum is guided by the frameworks. The environment and learning areas are carefully planned and considered by nurturing, warm and passionate professionals who truly value high quality care and education. Our Wallaby Room children love to sing, dance, explore, play outside, read. We encourage them to have a sense of agency and be enthusiastic, engaged learners who develop confidence and independence.
Our program is very much based on their interests, strengths and abilities. . Imaginary play area, cubbies, blocks , sensory creative, music, drama, literacy, art, craft and learning are based on the children ‘s interests, strengths, and abilities. We have areas for children to work alone, in small groups and in large groups. Our group times are designed to encourage enthusiasm and enjoyment.
We offer an indoor/outdoor program where children have a choice of where they would like to be. Educators are there to , support, teach with intent and purpose and extend learning, We have vegetable gardens, chooks, rabbits, a worm farm and many different trees and plant. Children learn about living things, sustainability and explore the natural environment through water play, sandpits, mud, dirt, leaves and many nooks and crannies. Our learning area both indoors, and outdoors are always evolving with the children and encourage children to develop a sense of wonder and awe.
This is a stage of development in which children are active and want to try and learn new things. We provide learning areas that offer challenge and have a high expectation of children. Bikes, obstacle courses, climbing equipment are all part of the program to develop children’s sense of wellbeing and their gross and fine motor skills.
We have Fitness Fridays where we encourage children to be extra active-running, obstacle courses, dance, yoga, exercises are all completed on this day. Children are encouraged to dress up in the runners and sports gear every Friday and all educators come in their sports gear and both encourage and join in Fitness Fridays to develop a strong sense of wellbeing.
We use the portfolio method of documentation which is available in the foyer. The programs are on display in the foyer also. Copies are also emailed and put in individual children’s portfolios.
Families are welcomed and encouraged to contribute to planning, through our family input sheets, emails or adding documentation to children's portfolios– comments, photos.,