Small group experiences that cover a range of learning areas are provided for children and educators move between areas to facilitate play. Children in this room are able to play for short periods without an adult by their side at all times and the equipment is designed for autonomy. The children can access a variety of resources and return/keep them where they belong as we see more self-help skills.
Our routine times are held in small groups to encourage conversation, smooth transitions and an unhurried atmosphere because the educators understand the valuable teachable moments that occur during meals, rest and toileting.
Each observation taken is referenced to the Australian Early Childhood Curriculum – the Early Years Learning Framework.
The curriculum framework consists of five learning outcomes:
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.
It is the intent of your child’s focus teacher to ensure your child is growing and developing in all areas of the curriculum.
The individual observation, planning and implementation process that occurs for each child is formal evidence of their learning journey through the framework and their time in Junior Preschool.
There are several ways to track your child’s learning journey, including:
Your child’s learning journey will be documented in an individual portfolio, which you are free you view at all times.
While it is primarily a record of their time at Carabella, we also encourage you to take it home and contribute any special news, occasions or interests from home as well.
Your contributions can serve as a catalyst for new projects and interests within the Carabella environment and add an additional dimension to the Junior Preschool program.
You can expect to see art work, photos and anecdotal evidence of your child’s learning in their portfolio.
Each day a brief evaluation of experiences will be completed by each Educator for their focus group, outlining experiences from the day and the children’s interest.
These reflections will be referenced back to the Early Years Learning Framework.
Reflection sheets will be displayed for families to read each afternoon along with a slideshow of photos from the day which will be displayed near the front entrance of the room.
Group planning will be carried out in a table located near the sign in/out sheet consisting of spontaneous and planned experiences.
The table is completed on a weekly basis indicated by the date in the top right hand corner and experiences can carry over from week to the next.
These times are a guide only and are always flexible in response to the changing needs, individual routines and developmental needs of the children within the junior pre school room.
7:00am Carabella opens
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast is served
8:15 – 8:45 Group One: Outside Group Two: Carpet area Group Three: Tiled area
8:45 – 9:15 Indoor Learning Experiences
9:15 – 10:55 Indoor / Outdoor play
9:45 – 10:15 Morning Tea
10:55 Pack away time
11:45 Make beds for rest time
12.00 Group Time / Music and movement
12:30pm Lunch Time
1:30 – 2:30 Rest Time
3:00 – 3:45 Afternoon Tea
3:45 – 6:00 Outdoor Play
We offer a Centre tour about once a month, with more frequent visits towards the end of the year when we offer places for the following year. Simply click the register button to find out more.