At Everlearn we strive to create a foundation for learning based on the recognition that each child is unique and as such should be provided with the opportunity to explore and further develop their sense of self in regards to their family, their community and essentially their world.
We recognise that a happy child is more often than not a confident child and aim to create a sense of wellbeing and joy within their days at Everlearn.
Our daily rotating routine provides continual opportunities for the children to move throughout their spaces and navigate their paths. Group times provide fantastic opportunities for the children to grow in confidence in communicating in front of a larger group, and to feel heard and valued.
Our book corner/areas are displayed in accessible and creative ways with a variety of books that are relevant to the children’s diversity and changing interests; our home corners are set up to provide great imaginative links between home and care; posters and photos that represent our families and greater community are placed all around the centre to provide a great visual link and talking point throughout the day; activities, puzzles and games are available for the children to access as they please based on their interests throughout the day.
The children are encouraged to share news, bring in photos/objects from home and share their lives with their group. Throughout the day we have an emphasis on talking about our ‘feelings’ and providing a caring safe environment to speak openly and feel valued.
Educators recognise that intentional teaching is an experience that occurs throughout the day as the interests of children are recognised and extended on.
Empowering children to make their own decisions within their day, creating an environment that encourages children to work collaboratively and build connections and friendships with not only their peers but educators alike.
We then effectively work within the Early Years Learning Framework, its principles and practices, the National Quality Standards and the procurement of assessments/observations, evaluations and follow ups to create the basis of our program and daily activities.
Our areas are set up to encourage independent navigation and access by all, fostering a sense of empowerment and care for our environment both indoors and outdoors.
Our children are grouped according to age and each group is allocated an educator (i.e. a member of staff particularly focussed on that child’s needs). Within the six 3-5 year old groups we combine two groups to create three larger groups allowing opportunities for educators to “team teach” and collaborate. The children then rotate throughout the centre to explore all areas of development and build relationships with all our educators throughout the day. Each educator is responsible for an area of educational development which is their area of expertise.
In the year before school, children at Everlearn will engage in a program that prepares them for entering the school system. Parents and the preschool staff share a role in making children feel safe and secure as they move to a new educational setting.
Children will be provided with a variety of experiences such as pre-writing, pre-reading, mathematical and science concepts in their daily program that will help make the transition to school a positive experience.
We work alongside local schools to support a smooth transition which includes visits to the library, attendance of assemblies and Kindergarten class teachers visiting the preschool.