Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Our Centre is committed to providing all our young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and to develop a foundation for future success in learning. Our Program aligns with the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) & is influenced by an Emergent Curriculum model. As a result our program places a strong emphasis on play-based learning and the child’s rights to be an active & empowered participant in their learning. All programs balance indoor and outdoor activities, active and quiet play and individual and group experiences.

Daily Curriculum

The Daily Curriculum is developed through a collaboration of family, child and Educator input. It is created with the childs individual interests and skills in mind. Each room completes a Daily Journal. The learning stories recorded in this journal, form the basis of plans and provisions for future experiences. This program is a clear reflection of the interests and needs of the children each day and is available for viewing in the centre foyer and via this website.

Parent Input

Parent Feedback & Input, no matter how big or small, is sought & can be shared via the website, conversing with Educators or recording on Feedback forms available in your child’s room. CityWest Childcare encourages you to record feedback and suggestions as often as possible. CityWest recognise that you are your child’s first and most influential educator and we aim to work in partnership with you to support your child’s learning and achievement. We welcome and encourage your feedback & participation at all times.

Individual Programs

Our Educators observe all children’s learning and achievments throughout the year and document this journey in your child’s individual portfolio. This information combined with your feedback is used to develop your child’s individual program. You can view your child’s Room Curriculum & Individual Portfolio at any time using your family’s unique log in code via this website.

Centre Goals

CityWest Centre goals allow Educators a framework to work within-

Learning Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity:

To promote a strong sense of identity we will:

Provide children with opportunities to foster a strong sense of self and consideration of others.

Develop trusting relationships between children, Educators and their families.

Ensure children’s individual strengths, interests, experience, culture and background are provided and planned for.

This will be supported by:

Providing children with a nurturing environment where they feel respected and valued.

Establishing communication with families and sharing an ongoing dialogue.

Maintaining consistent routines for children, preparing children for change and offering primary caregivers in times of need.

Providing the children with empowering experiences that support individual and group achievements and learning.

Encouraging the children’s participation in group-based experiences that promote collaboration and cooperation.

Creating play spaces that cater to small to medium groups encouraging the children’s social interaction.

Encouraging children to persist through challenging tasks.

Promoting positive friendships and inclusive practices with guidance and modelling.

 

Learning Outcome 2:Children are connected with and contribute to their world:

To promote a sense of connection and contribution to their world we will:

Foster an understanding of “belonging” to diverse communities.

Promote children’s active contribution to their communities and demonstrate the effects of participation within the community.

This will be supported by:

Promoting the communities the children belong to: these being, family, culture, CityWest Childcare Centre, Room Group, Locality etc. This will be done within our program and planning and will include excursions, incursions and Parent Participation.

Establishing links between these communities and demonstrating these links by participation from the children. Via family knowledge sharing, including cultural events in planning, entering the local community.

Encouraging ‘idea sharing’ and promoting ‘understanding’ during children’s everyday experiences. Promoting the notion that everyone has a voice and should be heard.

Modelling inclusive practices with children everyday & exploring the ways people can be included or excluded.

Building an appreciation of diversity and a positive attitude to similarities and differences.

Presenting children with non stereotypical resources.

Ensuring conflict resolution and everyday interactions are conducted fairly.

Exploring the interdependent nature of relationships between people, their environment and the community.

Demonstrate and foster care and respect for the natural environment.

 

Learning Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing:

To promote a strong sense of wellbeing we will:

Support the children’s growing responsibility for their physical and emotional health.

This will be supported by:

Providing opportunities for children to take calculated risk and recognise individual achievement.

Modelling strategies for positive emotional dispositions (resilience, perseverance etc)

Offering guidance for children as they recognise emotions, in both themselves and others.

Promote their ability to positively communicate their feelings.

Reinforcing hygienic practices ie handwashing, toileting during routine etc. Offering a variety of experiences that cater to the children’s differing fine and gross motor competencies.

Presenting children with positive activities that reinforce a healthy lifestyle.

Fostering children’s confidence during participation in the outdoor environment.

 

Learning Outcome 4: Children are confidant and involved learners:

To promote children’s confidence and involvement in their learning we will:

Support children’s active participation and confidence in the learning environment.

Build on children’s at home experiences and family background.

This will be supported by:

Modeling positive attitudes towards learning and achievement.

Promoting cooperation between peers to support shared understandings and collaborative problem solving.

Encourage creativity as children initiate their own ideas.

Offering children strategies for persistence through challenging tasks.

Setting up the learning environment and routine, with flexibility to extend periods of time for investigation and allow opportunities to revisit tasks.

Providing learning environments which insight children’s curiosity and willingness to explore independently, based upon observation and information from parents and families.

Intentionally scaffolding children’s understandings to promote inquiry, experimentation and developing the ability to transfer gained knowledge from one context to another.

Support perseverance through challenging tasks and model multiple ways to solve a problem.

Providing open ended, natural materials for exploration that support children’s natural desire to experiment, investigate, and develop hypothesis.

 

Learning Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators:

To promote the children’s ability to communicate effectively we will:

Respectfully respond to children’s verbal and non-verbal initiations.

Promote active listening and support children’s growing literacy and numeracy understandings.

Encourage children to express their ideas and make meaning.

This will be supported by:

Engaging with children in meaningful verbal and non-verbal interactions.

Working with parents and families to incorporate children’s home languages into the learning environment.

Modeling language as an appropriate form of expression, through singing, reading and during conflict resolution.

Encouraging children to actively contribute to group discussion.

Building on children’s skills to use language to describe, explain, negotiate and discuss.

Support children’s explorations of literacy and numeracy through hands on, playful experiences.

Offer experiences that promote interpretation and recognition of symbols and patterns.

Presenting children with opportunities to engage with technology as a form of expression, representation and resource of information.

 

Volunteering, Music & Dance Classes

CityWest recognizes that Parents time is valuable and as such aspects of our program include volunteering with our local Landcare group and in our Centre Garden. The Centre also offers classes during the week from close partners Livelyhood Dance & Aria Music.