Our Learning Program
At Knox Early Learning Centre, we embrace the Early Years Learning Framework and subscribe to the philosophy that 'play is child's work'. Our highly trained educators understand that play is instrumental in shaping the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child.
The significance of the early years in relation to future learning as well as physical, behavioural and social development is recognised, and our curriculum is designed with this in mind. In our Early Learning Centre, our approach is child-centred, where children learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment which fosters positive relationships and a strong sense of belonging.
At Knox Early Learning Centre we are proud to offer a funded Kindergarten program for our 4 and 5 year old children the year before they go to school. This program is supported by government funding for resources, excursions and incursions throughout the year. Families can elect to claim their funded Kindergarten year here with us a Knox Early Learning Centre and those families who choose to claim their funding here are given priority access to our Kinder room and our trained Early Childhood Teacher.
This program focuses on building a strong foundation ready for school and encompasses many school readiness programs within each day. Children are exposed to literacy, numeracy and science and technology experiences through intentional teaching. We also hold a big importance on following children’s interests to encourage a love for lifelong learning and incorporate these interests into the program each and every day.
Our environments are set up to allow children opportunities to challenge themselves and their peers with a variety of experiences. These environments are well thought out with each child’s needs in mind. Children are able to develop their autonomy with access to a variety of materials at all times allowing for more child directed learning where our Early Childhood Teacher can support and extend on their knowledge and challenge children’s thinking.
Our Kindergarten teacher writes a term planner which underpins the learning that will be taking place throughout the term with scope for flexibility and change to meet the children’s interests and needs. Our program is done on a fortnightly cycle which allows for extended learning opportunities to reach teaching and learning goals.
Children receive learning stories each month that delve deeper into the learning that they are doing to give families an insight into their child’s learning journey. Each child receives a summative assessment at the end of each term which focuses on a strength based approach to learning and setting goals for the child’s learning in consultation with families. As part of the funded program these children also receive their transition to school statement written by the Early Childhood Teacher to support a smooth transition into primary school.