Platypus Room Planning and Programming
Millville’s four year old program will provide an inclusive, educational program that will challenge, enrich and extend their learning and not only prepare them for school but for life long learning.
Our program is guided by our Centre’s philosophy and the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF v2.0). All our curriculum decisions are based on these.. The frameworks describe the principles, practices and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to 8 years of age, their transition to school and the early years at school.
We introduced Bush Kinder in response to research that shows outdoor activities in a natural environment are extremely beneficial to children’s health, wellbeing and development. This has been implemented into the Kindergarten program with great success. We access a site nearby via bus and the with the outdoor learning being incredibly varied, ranging from free play, climbing and experimenting to guided walks and more structured sessions.
Incursions and Excursions are an important part of our program. Excursions to the park, local shopping Centre to learn more about the community in which they live, music and drama performances are all part of our program.
We use the an online app "Educa" to communicate with families and the children have an online portfolio. The programs are on display in the room and also on Educa. Families are welcomed and encouraged to contribute to planning, through our family input sheets, emails or adding to their online portfolio.
The frameworks have a strong emphasis on play based learning. They have been designed for use be early childhood professionals working in partnerships with families, children’s ﬁrst and most inﬂuential educators.