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3 to 5 Years Room

The kinder room caters for 24 children, aged 3-5 per day with two full time educators caring for and educating the group.  We then have two age related groups within the room consisting of a 3-4 year old group with 12 children and a 4-5 group with 12 children.

Reflections of Learning

Children are encouraged to be independent and are provided with many opportunities to practice their emerging self help skills. A lot of choice is offered within the room, through open shelving and children are also able to ask educators to implement additional activities if they are not currently included in the program. The main goal is for children to develop a love of learning, investigative curiosity, and experiment with theories and ideas through attempting problem solving before asking for assistance.

The beauty of being in a 3-5 room is the amount of modelling that occurs between the age groups.

The Program

The kinder room runs an emergent curriculum, which is derived from observations of individuals and of the group as a whole, as well as there current interests. Therefore, some activities may be out for a short time and others will be extended for longer periods. The activities are mostly open ended which allows for each child to develop at their own pace. Each child's learning is documented through individual and group learning stories. The Educaotrs use activity mapping to demonstrate the children's interests and activities within the room as well as providing Educator Initiated experiences to further develop their learning and interests. Resources are used to promote and facilitate play, it may be through simply visiting the library to find a story about a particular subject or as complex as inviting an external agency to become involved in the program, the internet is also considered a vital research tool. The program is reflected on continually to ensure that the program is both challenging and child dirested.

The following permanent learning centres are available every day:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Block Play
  • Dramatic Play
  • Creative/Art Play
  • Library
  • Outdoors
  • Toys and Games
  • Music and Movement

Through Permanent Learning Centres we provide a dynamic and engaging environment for the children to learn, discover and flourish in.

The Kinder room has bi-fold doors opening onto an enclosed deck area which enables educators to run a concurrent indoor/outdoor program, providing children with additional choice during their play.

A 4 year old kinder information session is held in June each year, for families with children who are eligible for 4 year old funded Kindergarten the following year. This session is delivered by the qualified kindergarten teacher and provides parents with information on all aspects of the Centre's Kindergarten Program.

Incursions and Excursions

Incursions and excursions are an important component of the program and are offered at no additional cost to families. To allow greater opportunities for everyone to become involved, incursions are organised for varying days during the course of the year, so children only attending one day are still able to experience that part of the program.

Parent participation is highly valued, with an open invitation given to all families to come and participate in the program through sharing a special skill or simply reading a story at group time.