A National Framework for Early Learning
Natural Elements Early Learning Centre bases their programming on the new Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The framework focuses on your child’s learning based on your child’s interests and abilities. The early years learning framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
- Belonging – to my family, friends and the community
- Being – learning through play
- Becoming – a valued member of society; all that I can be
Through the framework’s five learning goals educators will assist your child to develop:
- A strong sense of their identity
- Connections with their world
- A strong sense of wellbeing
- Confidence & involvement in their learning; and
- Effective communication skills
Our programs are based on developing the optimum potential for each and every child taking into account their own unique interests and stage of development. Learning is based on play and using the child’s interests to expand their play into exploring, discovering, creating, learning social skills and learning all about themselves and the world they live in. Parents are the most important teachers for children at home. Every child is treated as an individual. They all have their own, unique personalities, and our experienced educators program to ensure every child is involved in activities.
Child initiated play and learning is a big part of our program, giving the children the choice developing and learning through their own interests. Routines allow times for individual play, small group play and large group sessions. Children’s language and literacy skills are further developed during these times, as children are involved in story telling, drama, poems and games. Music also plays a large part during these sessions, as children are able to experiment with dancing, singing and exercising their bodies.
Children have the opportunity for both indoor and outdoor play as part of each group‘s routine. The outdoor area is an essential part of the learning environment for children. All age groups utilise our specifically designed playgrounds to test their co-ordination, balance, skills and strength.
Outdoor play involves climbing on our many different play gyms, bikes, ball games, sand-pit play, water play, doll and prams, scooters, swings, balancing beams, growing plants and learning about all the natural elements.
Occasionally, we have people from the community come visit and conduct a talk and do activities with the children e.g. a nurse, dentist, animal farm, firefighters, police and people from different cultures backgrounds.
I hope this gives you a bit of a general view of our day at childcare. It’s lots of fun!
Natural Elements Early Learning Centre bases their programming on the new Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) in which they program daily in each of the rooms from the child’s interests and development. These program books are displayed in each rooms display board. We invite all parents for their input in the programming, any child’s interests or activities from the weekend are much appreciated to follow in your child’s learning.