The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school it also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development. . The Framework also has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development.
A strong sense of identity
Connections with their world
A strong sense of wellbeing
Confidence and involvement in their learning
Effective communication skills
Avenues Group Centres have Government funded Kindergarten programs run by fully Qualified, Registered Kindergarten Teachers across all of our centres.
The curriculum is based on the Kindergarten Learning Guidelines which are derived from the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) and embraces the inclusive vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”.
While the EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines are unique in that they aim to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten year. In Queensland, the kindergarten year is the year before the preparatory year of schooling. Throughout the Kindergarten year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and both emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.
At Avenues we believe that we need to offer the children every opportunity to success and therefore in 2011 we introduced our Literacy Program into the Kindergarten curriculum. We have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills that engage and challenge the children with many successful outcomes.
Reggio Emilia Approach
The Reggio Emilia approach of teaching and learning was founded by Sir Loris Malaguzzi, who was a teacher from the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy after world war II. The destruction from the war lead to a movement by the parents of the city to educate their children based on the teaching philosophy of Loris Malaguzzi. He believed that children from a young age should be taught or encouraged through learning experiences, principles of respect, and becoming responsible citizens of the community.
In this approach, the teaching program is derived from the children’s interest, teachers are seen as facilitators of learning. Their role is to plan, prepare and extend children’s learning through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment. We aim to foster in our children independence, inquisitiveness, persistence and resilience through their daily learning experiences.
This approach of teaching and learning also places a great emphasis on the appreciation for the arts, fostering creativity and respecting that children are able to express themselves through ‘one hundred languages’; this includes drawing, singing, dancing, drama and playing. We believe there is no limit to their expressiveness! This approach contrasts dramatically to the traditional chalk and talk, regimented, teacher- centred method of teaching and learning.