Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is split into a number of discrete and broadly overlapping sections that relate to the different age brackets children fall into. These sections are (click each for more information):

Nursery

Toddlers

3 Year Old Kindergarten

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Transition into Prep Program

Planned Communication Opportunities

Nursery Hub

Our nurseries provide a nurturing environment, where children feel safe to explore and discover.  The first 2 years of life, is a time for rapid growth and development, where children are building the foundation for their future learning.

Children benefit when their routines and experiences at home are reflected in their early education and care environment.

To ensure that your child’s transition to our community, is an easy and comfortable one, we follow your family’s routines, supporting your child to feel safe and secure in their environment.

Our Nursery team are highly qualified, with up to date knowledge of early childhood development, specialising in infant care.

At Aspire we offer environments to support infant development, setting the foundation for enduring curiosity, lasting self-confidence and life-long learning.

Together we can encourage your child’s learning by

  • Displaying delight, encouragement and enthusiasm for their achievements
  • Make and play with sounds together
  • Getting into a routine – eat, sleep, play, repeat
  • Making positive eye contact as often as possible
  • Playing simple games e.g. peek-a-boo
  • Smiling back when he or she smiles at you
  • Mimicking their sounds and actions e.g. clapping, waving
  • Encouraging their motor skills e.g. placing a toy out of reach and urge them to crawl towards it
  • Playing games e.g. peek-a-boo, splash time in the bath, go to the mirror and swinging their reflection
  • Playing together on the floor to encouraging your baby to stretch, wriggle and roll
  • Encouraging them when they try to explore e.g. trying to crawl to get something
  • Looking at books together, naming and pointing to the pictures
  • Talking to your baby in simple language
  • Taking turns in playing simple games e.g. clapping, blowing bubbles or finger and toe songs and games
  • Singing nursery rhymes with actions e.g. round and round the garden
  • Giving them finger foods, using different tastes and textures
  • Giving them space to crawl and pull themselves up on furniture
  • Always let them know you or another family member is there with them

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Toddler Hub

Toddlerhood is an incredible time of exploration and discovery.  During this time children are asserting their independence and gaining an increasing sense of self.  Our fun play-based learning approach engages these young and active minds within a safe and stimulating environment provided by our passionate, qualified and caring team of educators.

Our toddlerhood curriculum supports children to gain skills across a wide domain of developmental milestones as they continue to grow

Together we can encourage your child’s learning by

  • Giving them more experiences by going to different places e.g. park, beach, public swimming pool, shops
  • Singing songs, listening to music and dancing together
  • Describing things, they can see and hear in their environment e.g. hot, cold, big, loud, green
  • Asking them to solve everyday problems e.g. It’s raining, what do we need to take when we go outside?
  • Introducing toilet training as children show an interest and readiness
  • Giving them boxes and blocks for building things e.g. pretend houses and bridges
  • Helping them develop their motor skills and understand concepts such as ‘under’ and ‘over’ by creating obstacle courses in the home e.g. going ‘over’ pillows, ‘through’ the tunnel, ‘under’ the chair
  • Encouraging your child to use their imagination and develop the muscles in their hands by using crayons, paints or chalk

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3 Year Old Kindergarten Hub

Our 3-year-old Kindergarten program is planned and delivered by Qualified early childhood teachers. Both our 3 and 4-year-old Kinder Teachers work collaboratively to provide an all-inclusive program that supports all children in the transition from 3-year-old Kindergarten into the Government funded Kinder Year. Children are provided with age and developmentally appropriate learning experiences aimed to support and strengthen the development of their social skills (turn taking, developing positive friendships, conflict resolution, etc.), self-regulation, independence and language and communication skills.

We believe children will gain the most out of their kindergarten years and subsequent school years if they are socially mature and ready to cope with the expectations, learning environment and challenges that will be placed upon them.

Kindergarten Readiness Program

Harry Helpers

The Harry Helper program runs for 4 sessions. It is a learning education program delivering incursions for 3-5 years old in health, first aid, safety and wellbeing. The program supports children’s learning and development for a safe and healthy lifestyle through the opportunity to engage in play-based, experiential and interactive experiences to foster their health and wellbeing, building on their mental, physical and social foundations. Our 3-year-old Kindergarten takes part in 2 of these programs throughout the year.

BaleGrow Program

This sustainability program is delivered as an interactive presentation about sustainable gardening methods. It will support children’s learning in environmental sustainability awareness.

Planned Communication opportunities

TERM ONE – Kindergarten information evening

TERM TWO – Parent/teacher meeting.

TERM THREE – Kindergarten information evening

TERM FOUR- Parent/Teacher Meeting,

Together we can encourage your child’s learning by

  • Supporting your child to be able to say goodbye to you or the person bringing them to kinder and separate without a great deal of distress
  • Encouraging positive interaction with others and find a sense of belonging within a group
  • Assisting your child to be able to follow a routine and instructions?
  • Encouraging language and/or confidence to interact with both peers and teachers?
  • Encouraging concentration for short periods of time at activities of interest and can they work towards completing small/simple tasks?
  • Showing independence with self-help and toileting skill

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4 Year Old Kindergarten Hub

Our Kindergarten program aims for children to develop lifelong skills and the confidence to take the next step into their individual learning journey. Children may attend four-year-old Kinder provided they will be four years of age as at 30 April in the year of their attendance.

Kindergarten is crucial to children’s successful transition into school. We offer dedicated 3 and 4-year-old programs that are designed to be inclusive to all children’s stage of development and work closely with families to ensure children meet their full potential.

We offer a comprehensive curriculum that is delivered in a safe and stimulating environment by qualified teachers and educators.

Kindergarten is focused on social and emotional intelligence as children learn to develop self-regulation and resilience in their learning. The programs are delivered in a fun, play based environment that engages active young minds.

Some of our key focuses are:

  • communication skills – using the right words for the situation, smiling, using eye contact and listening
  • literacy skills, the ability to speak, listen, understand, watch and draw.
  • entry skills – knowing how to join a group
  • skills for sharing, taking turns, following rules, cooperating, managing conflict, helping others

skills for being a good friend – thinking about how others might feel, and being kind, helpful and affectionate.

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Transition into Prep Program

Our Government Funded Kindergarten provides children with the tools, confidence, and autonomy of their learning as they progress to prep.

Our programs are supported through a range of incursion and excursion programs that take place throughout the year

To support our Kindergarten children through the “transition into prep program” we implement the following

ELLA Program

The Ella program is a Australian Government initiative to inspire children by driving a genuine interest in a new language and culture. Ella is a digital, play based learning program for preschool children.  Research shows that children who have learnt a second language at a young age demonstrate cognitive advantages, such as increased problem-solving skills and creativity. Children also develop an interest in and curiosity about different cultures and ideas when they have a foundation in other languages. This makes them more comfortable growing up in our increasingly global society, where languages and cultures intersect every day.

Harry Helpers

The Harry Helper program has 4 session, it is a learning education program delivering incursions for 3-5 years old in health, first aid, safety and wellbeing. The program supports children’s learning and development for a safe and healthy lifestyle through the opportunity to engage in play-based, experiential and interactive experiences to foster their health and wellbeing, building on their mental, physical and social foundations.

Farm Visit

Our Kindergarten farm visit is an opportunity for children to explore sensory development in a real-life setting. The visit helps children to develop appreciation for nature, promotes healthy living, gross motor skills and willingness to explore and discover.

BaleGrow Program

This sustainability program is delivered as an interactive presentation about sustainable gardening methods. It will support children’s learning in environmental sustainability awareness.

Road Traffic Safety School

The children will have the opportunity to visit road traffic safety school this excursion prepares children to be confident and competent in road safety. The skills learnt during this lesson provide children with a deeper understanding of road safety and the important of basic traffic safety rules, to help them stay safe and become independent road users

Body Safety Australia

Body safety Australia will deliver a 3-part program to children, families and educators. Children will have a deeper understanding about the human body, and their own body awareness. The program is about empowering children, families and educators in understanding children’s rights. This program is optional

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Planned Communication Opportunities

TERM ONE – Kindergarten information evening

TERM TWO – Parent/teacher meeting.

TERM THREE – Kindergarten information evening

TERM FOUR – Graduation

 

Together we can encourage your child’s learning by

  • Teaching your child to be aware of and understand their own feelings.
  • Helping your child to notice and deal with negative feelings
  • Model positive thinking in difficult situations
  • Encouraging communication skills – using the right words for the situation, smiling, using eye contact and listening
  • Assisting with skills for sharing, taking turns, following rules, cooperating, managing conflict, helping others
  • Giving your child lots of opportunities for imaginary play, dress-ups, playing shop, acting out stories and rhymes, playing with other children, constructing things with bricks, cut-outs and dough, and helping around the house with simple chores
  • Encouraging your child to work out problems and make decisions by them self. But make sure they know you’re there to help if they need you.
  • When your child masters a new skill, encourage them to practise it before starting something harder. Repetition helps your child build confidence and understand that things usually get easier.
  • Telling your child that everyone makes mistakes and that mistakes help us to learn. It’s important that children understand that if they make a mistake in one area, they’re not bad at everything.

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