Mittagong Early Learning Centre provides educationally appropriate and stimulating programs to assist in the development of the whole child which includes their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, creative and moral growth. We recognise the value of play on development. Research has found that children attain higher levels of achievement through engaging in play.
Our educational play-based programs assist each child to build and develop at their own individual pace with guidance and support.
Curriculum in the early childhood setting means ‘all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster Children’s learning and development’. [adapted from Te Whariki]
We have incorporated an inclusive program to support the needs and creativity of children. Our program aims to be the core of our curriculum and reflects the Early Years Learning Framework – EYLF.
Our curriculum for all rooms, 0-3 and 3-5 years is based on The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. This program is a national Early Learning Framework for children from birth to five years.
Using this framework, educators will observe each child’s learning so they can build on it and plan the next steps. They will do this by listening, watching and talking to your child, and will keep photos and a portfolio of your child’s work to show what they are learning, how they are developing and what particular learning interests them.
Each age group displays their routine and learning journey in the room and this is available for parents to read, and ask questions regarding it can be answered by the appropriate educator. We use Kinderloop, which allows families to receive instant notifications of their child’s day.
Educators will keep in touch with you regularly to discuss your child’s progress and if they feel there is an area of concern, they will inform you and advise where help may be sought, e.g. speech therapist. It is always your decision to follow this up. Educators are willing to discuss any aspect of development with parents.