Early childhood is a special time for powerful experiences that forever fuel the imagination of the scientist, the artist, the author, philosopher, the builder – all children carry these experiences into their future as a core of inspiration, confidence and creativity. What happens in these earliest years are lifelong, and life-shaping lessons.
The Kindergarten is nestled in the heart of the Arlington campus, fostering a ‘feeling like home’ with a large garden where children are nurtured and connected with others in this close community. The number of children is deliberately small; the program and the way the day is structured allows for the flexibility to accommodate the pace, needs and interests of the children. The three and four year olds are together, giving the younger children the opportunity to learn from the older children and the older children to be leaders at this young age. Time is spent listening to and discussing children’s ideas; their choices are respected in independent and democratic decision-making.
Family involvement is a regular element through projects and celebrations. The Preshil commitment to ‘rights with responsibilities’ begins in the kindergarten and fosters principles of mutual respect and cooperation, while learning in, about and for, our environment.
Learning Through Play
Children’s wellbeing and learning is thoughtfully planned to broaden and extend their experiences through intentional and guided inquiry with teachers. The deliberate and careful planning leads to a free-flowing program. Learning is collaborative, between children and teachers, children and peers. We approach experiences with excitement, ownership and possibility together. Our teaching approach is informed by current theory and research, enabling us to work innovatively with the children to challenge and develop their ideas and understandings in the context of imagination, creativity and play.
The importance of self-esteem, community, thinking skills, conceptual development, sense of self and others forms the basis of our program. Children, with their teachers, create shared imaginary situations, engage in imaginative ‘scientific play worlds’ as a platform to investigate everyday experiences more deeply. Imagination allows children to develop important symbolic representation and creative, critical and abstract thinking skills. Safe risks are encouraged in play and learning where children can ‘be courageous’, supported to feel proud and confident as they grow and learn more about their world and their place in it.
The Kindergarten Curriculum
The program consists of a balance of collaborative projects, small-group teacher-led experiences and smooth transitions throughout the daily routine. Children have time for free play and time to pursue their individual interests. They are encouraged to learn by observing, questioning, discussing, wondering, doing, making, collaborating and expressing their thinking in ways that reflect their individuality, strengths and creativity. A love of books, stories, role play, reading and writing are cultivated and form the basis of Literacy, Numeracy and Science. Specialist Philosophy, Art, Music, French and Dance teachers work with the children each week alongside the core program.
Our Kindergarten offers an exceptional program led by our highly experienced staff. In 2013 the Kindergarten achieved an overall ‘exceeding the national quality standard’ rating in all seven quality areas as part of The National Quality Framework Assessment.
Kindergarten Extended Hours
We offer extended care for your child outside of the kindergarten program hours. The extended care program is offered at no additional cost for our kindergarten families subject to availability.
Morning: 8.00 – 9.00am
Afternoon: 3.15 – 6.00pm.
Transition to 5s | Prep
As part of our transition program, the 4s visit the 5s several times a week for a collaborative project. Using story, teachers engage in shared imaginary role play, and explicit teaching, to deepen the children’s learning around concepts, both social/emotional and scientific.
The 5s space is a carefully considered, unique area at Preshil. The program allows the children and teacher to engage in the building blocks of Literacy and Numeracy as well as other aspects of the Curriculum. At the core of our approach is flexibility and relationships, for the purpose of personalising and intentionally planning the space and experiences, allowing for the specific needs of the children. Play, choosing, making and creating a caring environment where children feel at home continues to be an important part of children’s learning in the 5s in order for them to be confident thinkers of the future.
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