The Early Years Program is designed to support the learning of 3 to 5 year olds. It includes Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 1.
This program helps children develop the skills and attitudes they need to work towards early learning goals, through four main aims:
To help children learn the subject knowledge, skills and understanding they need to become aware of the world around them.
To help children develop the personal skills they need to take an active part in the world throughout their lives.
To help children develop an international mind-set alongside their awareness of their own nationality.
To deliver a curriculum in ways which take into account up-to-date research into how children learn and how they can be encouraged to be life-long learners
The learning of children aged four to five is described in four strands
Independence & Interdependence Children learn about
taking others point of view
their relationship with others
expressing disagreement in appropriate ways
Communicating Children learn about
using language skills in a variety of contexts
exploring the use of numbers
enjoying and using technology to represent thoughts and experiences
being expressive through a variety of dance, drama and art
Exploring Children learn about
social relationships and concepts
Healthy Learning Children learn about
coping with change
The learning strands are taught through units of work. There are sixteen units each based on a theme chosen to appeal to young children – Sand and Water, Animals, Patterns, Treasure - and each unit consists of a wide variety of activities. The organization of the teaching of these units is flexible and the units can be mixed and matched to respond to our local conditions.
Maths and Language are taught as separate subjects linking with other areas whenever appropriate.