Children’s learning and development is holistic, advancing in the areas of health, cognition, personal and social development and wellbeing. Children’s learning and development is advanced when they are provided with opportunities, support and engagement within their families and in partnership with early childhood professionals. We build on children’s confidence, sense of wellbeing and safety and willingness to engage in learning.
At Somerville Kindergarten we view children as competent learners. The kindergarten’s curriculum is based on a philosophy of teaching in a manner that is creative and stimulating, with a focus on learning from the child’s perspective.
Daily Programs involve indoor and outdoor activities. Drama, music, movement, literature, maths, language, socialisation, health, science and art will be incorporated in the program.
Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school.
The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
Somerville Kindergarten is using the Early Years Learning Framework which highlights the importance of:
- Play based learning
- Recognising that all children learn in different ways and at different rates and times
- Families are the children’s first teachers
- Families understand the children better than anyone else