Our educational learning program and curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework developed by the Council of Australian Governments.
“The framework aims to ensure that all children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves, and for the nation.”
Fundamental to the framework is the view that children are connected to their family, the community, culture and place. Belonging, Being and Becoming characterise this, and are key focus points for our centre programming.
Within the framework are five outcomes that through daily programming and observation children will be provided with a quality learning experience that encourages a holistic developmental curriculum.
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators
At Holy Family Children’s Centre we understand a child’s learning progresses in different stages and have established developmental appropriate curriculums and programs for each age group. Our centre curriculums are broken into three stages: birth to 2 years, 2 – 3 years and 3-5 years and our two room focus on different learning outcomes to assist with individual and age appropriate development.
The Cubs Room is specifically designed to cater for children from six weeks old to two years of age.
At Holy Family Children’s Centre we focus on encouraging a child’s inquisitive nature through a program based on play based interactive learning experiences. We believe the most effective way children learn is through interaction with their peers and educators in a play-based environment, through activities such as:
Creative arts, pre-writing and cognitive skills
Drawing, painting, shade and colour recognition and name identification
Meal time etiquette and toilet training
Social and emotional development
Interacting effectively with peers, learn to take turns and share, develop expressive and receptive skills
Listening to stories, singing songs, interacting with music and movement experiences
We also believe in providing a home-like environment, encouraging the development of strong loving bonds between our educators and children.
The room provides children with a strong foundation to enter the next stage of their development and preparing them for the transition to the preschool room.
The Lions Room was established as the preschool room designed for children from three to five years of age.
At Holy Family Children’s Centre we have based our educational program on the ‘The Early Years Learning Framework’ which was developed by the Council of Australian Governments.
The framework provides a great foundation to our play-based learning approach which is incorporated in all of the following preschool and school readiness programs:
Language and literacy
Letter recognition, phonics, pre-writing skills, awareness of calender, months of the year, days of the week, group time interactions that include stories, learning experiences and show and tell
Number recognition, counting, concepts, puzzles, measuring, shape and colour recognition
Experiments, predicting, conclusions, problem-solving, classifying and computer access
Fine motor skills
Pencil grip, writing name and scissor skills
Toileting, caring for own property, putting on shoes, socks and jumpers, washing hands and meal time etiquette
Social and emotional development
Effectively expressing own feelings, manners, interacting effectively with peers, awareness of right and wrong, confidence and humour
Strong muscle development, balance, coordination, ball skills and hand-eye coordination
Dance, movement, role play, use of range of mediums to create art, enjoyment and exposure to a range of mediums
Composting, worm farm, recycling, vegetable garden, being an active participant, developing foundational life-long values and strategies for responble living
Worry Woo's and Safe Series Program
The Worry Woo's program is offered to all children throughout the year and provide a variety of interactive storybooks and character that focus on different feelings. The Worry Woo's program focuses on developing young children's social and emotional wellbeing.
In addition, the Safe Series program established by Office of the Children's Guardian is delivered through a set of four books which send key protective behaviors messages for children 2-6 years old.
Both of the programs provides children with a strong foundation for building meaningful and respectful relationships and learning life skills that will provide a positive social platform at school.
Our Long Day Care centre boasts modern facilities and includes daily interactive experiences, such as:
Natural outdoor environment
Vegetable and herb gardens, compost and worm farms, fairy garden, sensory gardens and both a sandpit and dirt pit
Engaging with technology with access to internet and printing, iPads, calculators, lightboxes and cameras