Our Centre plans and runs exciting educational programs to encourage a child’s development. The program provides a balance between indoor and outdoor play, as well as times for relaxation. The national curriculum that is followed is called the Early Years Learning Framework. It was established to ensure that all children in an early childhood setting receive a high quality education program.
Central to this framework is the idea that childhood can be described as a time of Belonging, Being and Becoming
- Belonging - is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationship they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- Being - is about living in the here and now. Childhood is a very special time of life that ends far too quickly. Children need the opportunity to just 'be' - time to play, explore and have fun.
- Becoming - is about the learning and development that take place during this time.
How are the principles of the Framework achieved at Top Ryde Early Learning?
While our Educational Leader, Lorna, oversees all of our program and learning development, it is our educators that guide and establish our program on a daily basis. All of our educators contribute to our program, ensuring that it is enriched with lots of meaningful, diverse and child-lead experiences. Our parents, families and children also have the opportunity to contribute.
Each day our educators document the children's learning in the Learning Stories - these documents are the stories of your child's development through an experience, what did they do? What did they say? What did they learn? What role did the educator play? Was it an individual experience or a group experience? This information is documented, along with photographs, in the body of the learning story.
Educators will then reflect further upon what the children have actually learnt, analyse their learning and link it to the Early Years Learning Framework.
The final section of the story is what they plan to do next and why - how are educators going to extend on this experience for further learning and what do they want to achieve.
These stories will build up throughout the week and are available for parents to view each day on the laptop in each room, or at the end of the week when the Learning Stories are loaded onto our secure parent section of our website. Educators can then take this documentation and add it to similar documentation from previous weeks to create project documentation that is available in the room for parents and families to view. These projects build over time - some last a couple of days, some weeks and others can go on for months. As these interests grow, parents can read the project book and see the development as it is happening.
The projects that your child has been involved in will be sent home via cd or usb at mid year and the end of year.
Other specialised programs at Top Ryde early Learning:
Munch and Move Program
Munch and Move is an initiative from the NSW Health Department and encourages the healthy development of young children through fun and play-based experiences. The six key messages that form the basis of Munch and Move are:
- Encourage and support breastfeeding
- Choose water as a drink
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
- Choose healthier snacks
- Get active each day
- Turn off the TV and computer and get active
The principles are incorporated into our daily routine as well as specialised activities, such as sports games at the oval at Ryde Primary School and our monthly sports days.
Creative Arts Program
Learning and having opportunities to be creative and expressive is an essential part of our program at Top Ryde Early Learning. We believe that child initiated activities provide children space for 'being' creative and learning to express themselves in creative ways. Our Specialist Art Teacher, Kumi has a degree in Architecture and Design and specialises in Sculpture. She has a genuine passion for children's art and supports open ended as well as planned creative experiences. Art allows children to develop cognitive, language, social and emotional and physical skills and all our educators go on regular in-services so they can support each other in artistic and creative endeavours.
Please feel free to call the centre for further information, or better still, come down (book a tour online) and have a look around yourself.