At Cooinda Children’s Early Learning Centre, our programs are clearly linked to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and support the vital messages of Belonging, Being and Becoming.
Our daily curriculum is child focused and directed by our children, families, the community and educators with the main objective to enhance and extend upon children’s learning at every opportunity.
By viewing children as active participants and decision makers and families as the children’s first and most influential teachers helps to ensure the cycle of documenting, planning and evaluating children’s learning is clear and concise.
Our centres have a wide variety of strategies and methods to gather information such as questionnaires, weekend sheets and book, email communication and daily conversations to learn about children’s and family’s interests. This information is the first vital step to learn about the children and assists us to create a program that builds upon their learning.
We have found that by consistently giving children choices we are allowing them to drive the curriculum and take control over their own learning.
The staff at our centres highly value the thoughts and ideas of our families in regard to our curriculum and are always encouraging families to be active participants in their child’s learning by providing us with ideas, possible learning topics and bringing resources from home to the setting as well as providing us feedback both verbally and written about our curriculum.
From the moment a family enrols and throughout their time at the centre, we constantly provide parents with information about the program and our documentation policies and procedures. We do this on a daily basis through our daybook and curriculum plans as well as within our portfolios, which are sent home officially to families twice throughout the year or at any time they wish to access this information.
As Educators we aim to see each opportunity as a possible learning experience for the children and incorporate learning into everyday routines such as our learning day board, hand washing, eating and toilet training.
We are constantly evaluating and reflecting upon the children’s learning through observations, our daybook, learning stories and our weekly curriculum evaluation and reflection sheets.
Our Possum Room caters for children aged from 6 weeks of age through to 2 years old and with a large indoor and outdoor environment to explore, we can perfectly support and cater for each child’s individual needs and level of development.
In our room, we offer a wide range of experiences that cater to each child’s individual interests and support your child’s growing development especially with crawling, walking and talking.
We help to lay the foundations for your child’s love of learning through our loving and nurturing teaching methods, where we build and establish a strong and trusting relationship with the children in our care and our families as well.
Our daily curriculum allows us to take cues from the children and offer experiences that maximise your child’s learning in a warm and caring environment.
Our Koala Room caters for children aged 2 years through to 3.5 years and with our warm and caring environment, we continue to build on the foundation laid by the Possum Room. We work closely with each child to support and guide their emerging development and skills.
We promote a language rich environment that helps to build confident and eager learners and we love catering for each child’s interests through our daily learning experiences.
We teach and guide children with their learning journey relating to colours, numbers and shapes as well as assisting children to establish confident self-help skills with toileting and feeding themselves.
The Kookaburra Room caters for children aged 3.5 to 5 years of age.
We have access to a large indoor and outdoor learning environment, which helps us to provide the perfect setting for your child’s learning.
Our room is focused on creating confident and competent children with an extensive love and thirst for learning. We offer a year – long school readiness-based program that will support your child in building their knowledge and learning the necessary skills in preparation for big school.
We thrive on allowing the children to drive the curriculum whilst also having an equal balance of structured learning opportunities. We tackle each day and learning topic with a fun, enthusiastic and energetic approach, ensuring all children are active participants in their learning as well as having an active voice within the room.
Our activities are always open ending, allowing numerous opportunities for children to take their play wherever they choose as well as helping them to build on their social and language skills.