Kickstart to Kinder

 
Fully Funded 3 Year Old Kinder

Step into Prep

 
Fully Funded 4 Year Old Kinder

Nursery Hub

The first 2 years of life are a time for rapid growth and development, where children build a foundation for future learning. Our Nursery Hubs provide a nurturing environment, where babies feel safe to explore and discover.

To make your child’s transition into our community an easy and comfortable one, we follow your family’s routines. This familiarity supports your child to feel safe and secure in their new environment.

Throughout your baby’s learning journey, we work collaboratively with you to set learning goals. These goals form the base of our program, which includes daily activities that follow your babies’ interests and support the achievement of key milestones.

In the beginning, babies explore life through their first set of tools, their senses. A child’s eyes, ears, nose, hands, and mouths enable them to discover the world around them and spark curiosity for learning.

Babies are born ready to learn, and their brains develop through use. Providing a stimulating environment with lots of different ways to play and learn will set their foundation for a lifetime of learning.

 

Let’s take a look at how your baby will learn through play at Aspire.

 

“Aspire Educator, Kylie, is playing with 5-month-old Charlie, who loves the rattle music maker. “Let’s watch it fly,” Kylie suggests. She moves the rattle through the air so Charlie can see it, he smiles and kicks his arms and legs! When Kylie hands the toy to Charlie, he grabs it and begins to chew. He then shakes the rattle and laughs at the tinkling noise.

Soon, Charlie gets tired and turns his head away. Kylie takes the rattle and continues to shake, he closes his eyes and begins to wail. “Okay, time for a break”, says Kylie. She picks up Charlie and begins to rock him.”

 

Charlie is learning so much during this playtime with his educator, including:

  • Sounds of words and rhythm of language as Kylie talks to him
  • Communication as he and Kylie engage in back-and-forth “conversation”
  • His own self-worth as he sees the pleasure his caregiver gets from playing with him
  • Imitation when he shakes the rattle like Kylie does
  • Hand-eye coordination as he reaches and grasps the rattle
  • A connection to his senses when he hears the rattle’s sounds, sees its colours, feels its texture, and even smells and tastes it.
  • Cause and effect when he shakes the rattle and hears the noise

Our Nursery Hubs focus on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your baby to commence their learning journey and support emotional and social development in this phase of life.

 

Daily activities work towards developmental milestones and support sensory and holistic development. Routine is the backbone of our programming and we follow the family routine each day. Each child’s routine is as unique as the child that it comes with, so reflecting the home routine in care supports positive learning outcomes.

 

Relationships are central to creating a home away from home environment for babies. To create a safe space for your baby to learn and grow, we have an open-door policy. This helps to support your family through the common anxieties associated with leaving your baby in care for the first time.

 

Each Aspire Nursery Hub is thoughtfully designed, featuring homely textures and elements. Our spaces enhance and challenge various levels of physical development, from tummy time to crawling and walking. We provide rich and aesthetic learning environments to empower your child’s sense of curiosity and wonder.

Your child’s learning journey is a collaborative journey. Together we can encourage learning by:

  • Displaying delight and encouragement for their achievements
  • Making and playing sounds together
  • Getting into a routine – eat, sleep, play, repeat
  • Making positive eye contact as often as possible
  • Playing simple games like peek-a-boo
  • Looking at books together, naming and pointing at the picture
  • Talking to your baby in simple language
  • Singing nursery rhymes with actions

Toddler Hub

Suddenly, your baby is a decision-making young person with a big personality who loves to run, take risks, and challenge themselves! Toddlerhood is an incredible time of exploration and discovery, where children gain an increasing sense of self.

Our play-based learning approach in our Toddler Hubs engages young active minds in a safe and stimulating environment. The toddlerhood curriculum supports children across a wide domain of developmental milestones.

In the Toddler Hub, we continue to work collaboratively with you to set learning goals. These goals form the base of our program, which includes daily activities that follow your child’s interests and support achieving key milestones.

As children develop and grow, they become eager for playmates. When approaching three years old, they begin to play more with their peers. These interactions help children learn more about other people’s feelings.

Toddlers also begin using their imaginations in play. A broom is seen as a dance partner, or a block might be a racing car. Learning through play supports children to experiment and find out why things happen. Imaginative scenarios also help them work through difficult experiences, like saying good-bye to a parent at childcare.

 

Let’s take a look at how your toddler learns through play at Aspire.

 

“Jacob is leading a learning experience with almost 3-year-olds, Emilia, and Josh. They are pretending to be kittens and Jacob has helped them create ears and a tail, their tails are made from a pair of old stockings.

Emilia and Josh crawl around on all fours and “meow”. Jacob sets a shoebox “bowl” of imaginary milk on the floor. “You’ll have to take turns having a drink,” he says to them.

Emilia notices that Josh’s tail is longer than hers. “I want the big tail!” she shouts and grabs it. Jacob steps in “Emilia, you can’t take Josh’s tail” and redirects them by suggesting they make new tails out of paper that they can decorate. They happily get to work, using child-safe scissors to cut out new tails and pencils to colour them in.”

 

Emilia and Josh are learning so much through this playtime together, including:

  • Sharing and self-control as they take turns “drinking” their milk
  • Creativity as they decorate their cat tails
  • Language skills as they talk together while they play
  • Problem-solving skills as Jacob helps them work through the tail crisis
  • Fine motor skills as they cut out their tails
  • Understanding symbols using the shoe box as a bowl – supports future symbolic thinking skills (e.g. reading)
  • Sense of well-being as they learn to regulate their emotions

We provide a rich curriculum that empowers curiosity, enthusiasm, and excitement. Our stimulating environments support not only physical development but social and cognitive, this fosters a strong sense of identity in all learners.

 

Our educators are well equipped with the knowledge to create holistic and responsive learning environments based on respectful reciprocal relationships with children and their families.

 

At Aspire, your toddler will be immersed in an indoor/outdoor curriculum, where they can engage with their peers in their natural environment to gather and share knowledge. These rich and expressive learning environments give children have the freedom to express their thoughts, views, and emotions through a wide range of mediums, including; painting, moulding, creating, singing, and dancing.

 

All children are competent and capable learners and when they reach toddlerhood it is time for “I do myself”.  Our toddler programs support the development of self-discovery and self-help skills and provide ample time in your child’s daily routine to practice these skills.

Your child’s learning journey is a shared experience, together we can encourage learning by:

  • Giving your toddler more experiences in different places, like the park, beach, shops
  • Singing songs and listening to music and dancing together
  • Describing things they can see and hear in their environment, like hot, cold, loud, green
  • Asking them to solve everyday problems, like “it’s raining, what do we need to take when we go outside?”
  • Introducing toilet training as children show interest and readiness
  • Giving them boxes and blocks for building things, like pretend houses and bridges
  • Develop motor skills and understand concepts such as ‘under’ and ‘over’ by creating obstacle courses
  • Encouraging them to develop the muscles in their hands by using crayons, paints, or chalk

Kickstart to Kinder

Our 3-Year-Old Kindergarten program, Kickstart to Kinder, is planned and delivered by qualified early childhood teachers. Each collaborative Kinder team of qualified 3 & 4-Year-Old Kindergarten and local primary school teachers work together to design the program. This collaborative approach ensures your child will develop the much-needed social and emotional skills they need to not only transition to their 4-Year-Old Kinder year but into their first year of primary school and beyond.

Kickstart to Kinder provides your child with opportunities to learn through play in a safe and supportive environment. The structured and unstructured learning experiences support children to discover their own interests, abilities, and limitations; they imagine, investigate and explore.

Kickstart to Kinder focuses on building a foundation for a love of learning and supports children in becoming confident learners and effective communicators.

Educators learn about and incorporate your child’s interest in engaging learning opportunities that support development in the focus areas for that term. The program design helps to build on your child’s learning each term, helping children to become more autonomous, independent, and self-sufficient.

Let’s have a look at the areas of focus for each term in the Kickstart to Kinder program.

Term One

As your child settles into their first term of Kickstart to Kinder, educators focus on communication skills and creating a sense of belonging in their Kindergarten class. Learning experiences support children to feel safe and secure, and confident to ask for what they need and build relationships with their new peers.

Learning is centred around developing a sense of agency, belonging, and security to foster the positive self-identity, esteem, confidence, and control that is linked with growth in cognitive function. This supports an increase in children’s communication competency for their social development needs.

Term Two

By Term Two, your child will be confident in communicating with their educators and peers. As they settle into the program, educators continue building communication skills through hands-on activities and focus on developing children’s curiosity and concentration.

In this term, children will also be supported with their basic literacy and numeracy skill development, while exploring nature and their outer world.

Term Three

In Term Three, children are introduced to the nature that surrounds them. Through learning about and experiencing their senses, children further their understanding of the world around them and to be mindful when exploring nature and the outer world.

Educators bring STEM education into the classroom to support this learning and focus on developing active learning skills. Educators foster children’s curiosity, encouraging them to ask questions, make predictions, experiment, and reflect on what happened and why.

Term Four

When children reach their final term in Kickstart to Kinder, educators focus on bringing together all the skills children have learned throughout the year to prepare children for their transition into the Step into Prep program.

The overarching focus in this term is to achieve a comfortable competency level where children are able to be more autonomous, independent, self-sufficient, and confident in their social and learning interactions.

Each Aspire centre is unique, just as each child is unique with their own set of interests and needs. Our Kickstart to Kinder programs are designed with that in mind and are tailored to your child’s class and individual needs.

As educators empower your child to develop key skills, they will incorporate additional learning opportunities, including excursions, incursions, and special programs, to further enhance learning and follow their interests.

Below you can explore some examples of programs that may form part of your Kickstart to Kinder program:

Harry Helpers

An incursion-based program focusing on health, first aid, safety, and wellbeing. This program supports children’s learning for a safe and healthy lifestyle, keep learning about Harry Helper’s here.

BaleGrow

This sustainability program is delivered as an interactive presentation about sustainable gardening methods and supports children’s learning in environmental sustainability awareness. Want to know more?

Calming Minds

Mindfulness and yoga-based program to decrease anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children. The program gives children the skills, practice, and support to utilise coping strategies to deal with the day to day stresses that life brings

Little Helper Program

Fosters a sense of leadership and accomplishment as Kinder children assist younger children to complete learning experiences and daily tasks

 

That is a small snapshot of the additional programs in Kickstart to Kinder, but the list continues to grow! Check out some more below:

  • ELSA (Early Learning STEM Australia)
  • Room Pet Program
  • Road & Car Safety
  • Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
  • Buddy System
  • My Five Senses
  • Step into Prep Orientation Program
  • And more!

 

Talk to your local Aspire team to find out the centre specific programs they are currently running and how they fit in with your child’s learning journey.

Maintaining an ongoing connection with you and your family is key to collaborative learning success.

In addition to the daily updates you receive about your child’s learning, we have planned the following communication opportunities for you to connect with your child’s educators, peers, and the wider Aspire team to learn more about your child’s educational journey.

 

  • Term One – Kindergarten Information Evening
  • Term Two – Parent/Teacher Meeting
  • Term Three – Kindergarten Information Evening
  • Term Four – Parent/Teacher Meeting

 

Your local Aspire team also organise a calendar of community events. These events give you the opportunity to connect with your child and the wider community to further develop their sense of belonging. Check out all our upcoming Aspire community events here.

Your child’s learning journey is a shared experience, together we can encourage learning together by:

  • Supporting your child to be able to say goodbye to you or the person bringing them to kinder
  • Encouraging positive interaction with others to find a sense of belonging within a group
  • Assisting your child to be able to follow a routine and instructions
  • Encouraging language and confidence to interact with peers and teachers
  • Encouraging concentration for short periods of time in activities of interest
  • Showing independence with self-help and toileting skills

Step into Prep

In our fully-funded 4-Year-Old Kindergarten program, Step into Prep, educators continue to support the development of your child’s social and emotional intelligence in a safe and secure environment.

The transition to school is the biggest that your child will encounter in their life thus far. Being ready for school is not just about knowing the alphabet or being able to write their name, but they also need to have the fine motor skills to open their sandwich at lunch, the confidence to ask for help, and the problem-solving skills to find their belongings if they can’t find them.

The social and emotional skills your child will learn throughout their Step into Prep year continue to build on the foundation they have formed through their Aspire journey for a successful transition to primary school and beyond.

Step into Prep focuses on building children’s social and emotional intelligence to strengthen their self-regulation and resilience in their learning.

Educators continue to follow your child’s interests to provide learning opportunities in a fun, play-based environment to engage young, active minds.

Check out the areas of focus for each term in Step into Prep below!

Term One

The first term of Step into Prep is all about settling in and developing a sense of agency and belonging in the classroom. Educators focus on getting to know the children in their class and forming relationships with your child and between peers.

Children also learn about what it means to be a family member and a friend. This promotes cooperation and sharing within the classroom, and improves children’s understanding of the importance of respect for themselves and others. Learning and experiences also provide the opportunity for children to understand how these concepts integrate into becoming a member of the larger community as well.

Term Two

Once children have settled into the Step into Prep program, educators will introduce activities that support the development of literacy and numeracy skills. Children are encouraged to problem-solve, pay attention to details, and set individual goals. Building on these skills boosts children’s self-confidence and equips them with the independence and communication skills required for a successful transition into the school environment.

Term Three

In this term, children will focus on developing STEM qualities and learning basic life skills. As children move through life they will encounter problems and their ability to critically think, problem-solve, and be innovative will contribute to their success in overcoming issues. STEM experiences allow children to experiment and practice these skills so they are better prepared to draw on them in real life.

Term Four

As children rapidly move towards their transition to their first year of school, this term they focus on bringing together all of the skills they have learned across the year and preparing children for school readiness. Children are encouraged to explore their interests and develop their personalities to boost their self-confidence before commencing school. Educators also support the emotional development children need to identify their feelings and emotions and help them understand how these connect to their bodies and healthy eating habits.

Each Aspire centre is unique, just as each child is unique with their own set of interests and needs. Our Step into Prep programs are designed with that in mind and are tailored to your child’s class and individual needs.

As educators empower your child to develop key skills, they will incorporate additional learning opportunities, including excursions, incursions, and special programs, to further enhance learning and follow their interests.

Below you can explore some examples of programs that may form part of your Step into Prep program:

ELLA Program

The Early Learning Languages Australia program introduces children to new languages to build their confidence with verbal language skills. ELLA develops children’s social, thinking, and digital skills, by supporting their literacy, memory, and concentration. Check out all the benefits of the ELLA program here.

Reading Eggs

ABC Reading Eggs was developed by experienced Australian teachers, to help children learn to read. Children grow their confidence and literacy skills as they follow the guided reading lessons that are matched to their ability. Learning to read is made fun through games, animations, and songs. Want to know more about Reading Eggs, see here!

Body Safety Australia

A 3-part program delivered to children, families, and educators. Aims to give children a deeper understanding of the human body, and their own body awareness. The program is designed to empower children in understanding children’s rights. Explore more about the BodySafety program here.

Bush Kinder

Children visit their local gardens to connect and grow their relationship with nature. These sessions provide opportunities to play and learn outdoors and without toys, children must use what nature provides and their imaginations to explore. Bush Kinder allows children to engage in a variety of activities that aren’t available in the four walls of a classroom, increasing their confidence and empathy towards the natural world.

 

That is a small snapshot of the additional programs in Step into Prep, but the list continues to grow! Check out some more below:

  • Therapy Dog
  • Risky Kids Program
  • Mathematic Seeds
  • Lunch Box Program
  • The Human Body Workshops
  • Buddy System & Time Capsule
  • School Visit for Prep Orientation
  • And more!

 

Talk to your local Aspire team to find out the centre specific programs they are currently running and how they fit in with your child’s learning journey.

Maintaining an ongoing connection with you and your family is key to collaborative learning success.

In addition to the daily updates you receive about your child’s learning, we have planned the following communication opportunities for you to connect with your child’s educators, peers, and the wider Aspire team to learn more about your child’s educational journey.

 

  • Term One – Kindergarten Information Evening
  • Term Two – Parent/Teacher Meeting
  • Term Three – Kindergarten Information Evening
  • Term Four – Parent/Teacher Meeting

 

Your local Aspire team also organise a calendar of community events. These events give you the opportunity to connect with your child and the wider community to further develop their sense of belonging. Check out all our upcoming Aspire community events here.

Your child’s learning journey is a shared experience, together we can encourage learning together by:

  • Discussing feelings with your child to help them to be aware and understand their emotions
  • Modelling positive thinking in difficult situations
  • Encouraging your child to work out problems and make decisions on their own
  • When you child masters a skill encourage them to practice it
  • Reminding your child that everyone makes mistakes and this helps us to learn
  • Discuss strategies with your child to

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