Our Pre-Kindergarten program is run by Early Childhood Teacher Lucy, Diploma Qualified Educator Anita, and our Centre Director and owner Conor, who is also an experienced Early Childhood Teacher. Children in our Pre-kindergarten program are divided into two groups, the Possums, and the Wombats.
The Possums’ group is designed for children 2+ to 3 years of age and the Wombat’s group comprises children that are 3 to 5 years of age. The two groups share the same outdoor play area and rest spaces; however, they have their own separate rooms for mat sessions and activity time.
Our daily practice and program are guided by the principles and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and aims to support children to develop their cognitive, social, emotional, fine motor, gross motor and communication skills. Our pre-kindergarten program aims to be a holistic program that includes a combination of intentional teaching time, play based learning and engaging sensory and art activities. The learning activities are carefully chosen to scaffold young children's development of important pre-numeracy skills such as counting, number recognition and knowledge of shapes, colours and patterns as well as pre-literacy skills such as listening carefully to others, book handling skills, concepts of print, and phonological awareness skills including rhyme, alliteration and syllables.
An example of a typical day in our pre-kindergarten program is as follows; 7:00am Free play inside 8:15am Mat session with book and songs 8:30am Morning tea 8:50am Outside play time 10:00am Inside Mat session – This is where we sing our good morning song, have intentional teaching time, and discuss our interests and plans for the day 10:15am Learning stations - Fine motor, art and craft activities based on children's interests and current projects 11:00am Lunch 11:30am Rest time -Inside play, stories and puzzles for children who do not sleep 1:00pm Learning stations –with numeracy and literacy focus 2:00pm Letters and Sounds –evidence based phonic program from the UK 2:10pm Music and Movement – dancing, music, songs and games 2:30pm Afternoon tea 3:00pm Outside free play time and gross motor activities 4:45pm Late afternoon snack