The Educational Program
At Alstonville Community Preschool, our educational program is child centred and play based.
Experienced Early Childhood Teachers and educators develop and deliver the educational programs of learning using a collaborative planning approach and utilising the varied skills, talents and interests of each educator.
Child interest and knowledge are central to the planning of the program, and educators observe, support and document moments along each child’s learning journey, along with information from home and the family, to optimise each child's further learning.
Various intentional teaching strategies and programs are utilised throughout the year to further extend children’s learning. Some of these include the Munch and Move program, Brain Gym, PALS Social Skills program, Fill my Bucket, and Kids and Traffic road safety program.
The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia: BELONGING, BEING, BECOMING, is the framework that guides everything we do with children every day and ensures that all children experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.
The five Learning Outcomes of the Framework are used to ensure the development of all children across these areas. The outcomes are:
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
Learn more about the Early Years Learning Framework - Belonging, Being, Becoming
The process of learning and children’s thoughts and ideas of their learning is recorded in Floorbooks, a type of collaborative project book, that are created with the children as they share their ideas and contribute their understandings at their own level.
Our educators are skilled in supporting children in this type of learning and developing confidence in themselves in this way. Through their actions and use of language educators scaffold and support independence and self reliance for children as they are ready.
Our Goals for Learning
1. For children to begin to acquire the skills and knowledge for them to become:
successful lifelong learners
confident and creative individuals
active and informed citizens
2. To ensure, through play based experiences and quality teaching practices, all children have the opportunity to be engaged in an early childhood program that prioritises interactions and relationship building, with positive learning experiences, both planned and unplanned, to enhance their early childhood experience, and contribute to their success as they learn
3. To work in partnership with families, other educators and the community using the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework to guide planning for children’s learning.
4. To make curriculum decisions that uphold children’s rights to have their culture, identity, ability and strengths acknowledged, valued and responded to.
ACP Reconciliation Action Plan
Since 2018 our educators have worked on improving their own knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
This has involved taking part in Professional Development and committing as a team to be on a journey of continuous improvement ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, local culture and knowledge are central to our program.
In 2020, we published our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which now guides our progress towards embedding and acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the preschool and within the educational program.
The RAP is reviewed and updated each year to reflect current achievements and required actions.
To view our RAP click