The Kindergarten Program at Kenmore Hills Early Learning follows the Kindergarten Guidelines which align with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Both are part of The National Quality Framework under which all approved early learning programs operate. Our Kindergarten Program is taught every day by a degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher (ECT).
The Kindergarten Program aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the year preceding Prep. Throughout the kindergarten year children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.
You’ll often see our Kindergarten children out and about, exploring on one of our Bush Kindy walks. Not only are Bush Kindy walks a lot of fun, but they provide the opportunity to learn, question and understand the world around us.
As we are a long day care service, children can attend the Kindergarten Program for a minimum of two days up to five days a week.
“School readiness” is a term used frequently in the Kindergarten setting. It means that a child is ready to enter a social and educationally based environment. The role of our Kindergarten Program is to foster learning in a fun setting. We focus on play as a vehicle for learning and work to prepare children to take on the challenges of more formal schooling.
Kenmore Hills Early Learning recognises that children’s readiness for school is much more than a completed checklist of skills that the child can perform, such as putting on shoes, recognising colours or numbers, or being able to write their name.
Readiness is about the child making connections between what is familiar and what is new and also involves the child being able to:
- Effectively develop relationships with other children and significant adults.
- Feel confidence in themselves
- Adapt to different learning contexts.
- Learn essential life skills
The following elements provide a useful summary of the skills and competencies that can assist children to become capable learners and transition smoothly to school.
- Completing tasks
- Group participation
- Problem solving
- Able to initiate own play
- Listening to and following direction
- Literacy and numeracy
- Physical gross motor skills
- Social/emotional skill