What are the children learning? In Australia the early childhood education sector strives to provide ‘Universal Access’ to all 4 year olds. It aims to give them access to a university qualified teacher-led kindergarten program in the year before transitioning to formal schooling. We follow a national framework called the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the QLD implementation of this framework is called the QLD Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG). Our experienced and qualified educators implement these frameworks into the educational program at Coolum Kindy. This curriculum includes all of the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events that are planned and unplanned that occur in our environment designed to foster children's learning and development.
The curriculum is based on the EYLF (Early Years Learning Framework) : Being, Belonging, Becoming
Being is about enjoying and exploring the present and being accepted for who you are and supported to meet challenges.
Belonging means feeling secure in their relationships and is the basis for living a fulfilling life. "Children feel that they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place."
Becoming is about how children change, grow and learn to participate fully and actively in society. "Children start to form their identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become."
Coolum Beach Community Kindergarten is consistently rated as “exceeding” the National Quality Standard by the Queensland Government.
We assess and document children's learning through a process of gathering and analysing information as evidence of how children may feel, what they know, can do and understand. In order to know children well, we take observations, photos and videos of each child on a regular basis and along with our understanding of child development we plan and assess each child. Information is then presented in each child's individual portfolio folder and is added to by children, educators and families throughout the year.