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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.

Our state of the art Learning Environment promotes a sense of curiosity, inquiry and wonder from even the youngest of children. Every corner of every space in our Childcare Centre has been designed with a purpose and provides children with rich and meaningful learning experiences. Through play, inquiry, exploration, discussion and investigation, children develop their authentic selves and strengthen their thinking, communication and social skills.

Our Kindergarten Program taught by Bachelor Qualified Early Childhood Teachers offers children the opportunity to express their individuality through their natural learning style. Singing, movement, music, dramatic play, painting, creating, designing and building are just some of the ways children at our centre will learn and grow.

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Explore our Natural World

At Knox Early Learning Centre, we believe the education environment plays an integral role in a child’s learning. Our beautiful and unique learning hubs have been designed with children and the future in mind. Our Early Learning Facility uses only high-quality and sustainable materials throughout the indoor learning and outdoor play environments.

Natural environments evoke a young child’s five senses and promote wonder, curiosity and an intrinsic desire to protect our world. The use of natural materials and neutral colours promotes a sense of calm and allows for open-ended creativity.

As children actively participate in caring for their beautiful environment whether it be tending to the vegetable garden, watering the plants or simply observing their natural surrounds, a love of nature and the environment is cultivated.

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Embracing Technology

As a futures-orientated Early Learning Centre with a focus on providing high-quality education, we embrace and integrate technology into our curriculum. Appropriate and safe use of technology such as Early Years Math, Literacy and Science Programs, delivered through Interactive Smart Board Technology and classroom iPads, aims to expand, enrich, extend and differentiate the early learning curriculum.

For parents, digital kiosks are located at the entrance of the facility, making the process of signing your children in and out of the Centre each day quick and easy.

A Day in the Life

 

At Knox Early Learning Centre, we believe that each child is on their own unique journey and understand that all children will develop and learn at their own pace. We also understand the importance of having a daily rhythm and the sense of security this provides children. Our daily rhythm offers babies, toddlers and children the safety of predictability while being flexible to individual needs. In our Early Learning Centre, we know that children love to learn from and imitate the adults in their life, and this is why we have embedded life skills into the curriculum. As our educators joyfully perform routine daily tasks such as caring for our environment or setting up for morning tea, children are gently encouraged to participate.

Welcome Each child is warmly greeted, and we begin our morning together. We share a special book and sing welcoming songs to help the children transition from home to the Centre. Parents can take the time to enjoy a barista made coffee and ease into their day in our beautifully designed parent lounge.

Explore, imagine & play Beautiful learning spaces encourage the children to explore and investigate freely. Their natural curiosities and skills are cultivated as the children build, create, imitate, imagine, design and dream all while practising invaluable communication and social skills.

Nutrition Wholesome, nutritious food baked in-house by our very own Qualified Chef delights the children’s senses and provides them with the nourishment needed for play and learning. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks are lovingly prepared and provided throughout the day.

Music & movement Uplifting music and children's instruments are used by our enthusiastic educators to invite the children to get moving with creative dance and movement exercises. Children develop their perceptual motor skills and burn energy before it’s time to rest and rejuvenate.

Crafts & creative Children have the option to participate in an organised activity. This may take the form of a craft activity, a social game or a language activity inspired by a wonderful story.

Rest time Gentle music signals to the children that it's rest time. For some, this will mean a well-needed nap. For others, this is a time for quiet independent activity such as reading or completing a puzzle.

Free play Children engage in free play as they choose from a wide range of purposeful age-appropriate play spaces. Limited only by their imaginations, children may choose to create a piece of art, swing and climb on the play equipment or host a tea party with some treasured toys.

Farewell As children continue to engage in their free play, exercising their imagination and creativity, we begin to farewell until tomorrow. Each child leaves the centre feeling valued and eager to return.