At Konomi Kindergarten we believe in allowing the children to inspire the programs that we run by playing a major part in planning it. The following summary has been designed based on a combination of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Japanese principles of education for the age-group. We aim to support the children to become lifelong learners. Use of the Framework, allows our educators to effectively provide opportunities for the children, which maximise their potential in further learning. Our practice Model is designed based on The Early Years Learning Framework and we recognise that children’s lives are characterised by belonging, being and becoming. Belonging defines that from even before birth children belong and are connected to family, the wider community, a cultural group and a place. We recognise the significance of the here and now and support children in their journey in growing & learning.
At Konomi Kindergarten we implement the Early Years Learning Framework and it is through our programmes, unique culture and philosophy of the centre that we support the children to shine as successful individuals and active members of the community.
In early childhood, play is considered the key way in which children learn. Therefore at Konomi Kindergarten our environment and programs are carefully organised in a way that that children have access to a range of resources that challenge them to develop new skills or re-try recently acquired ones.
At Konomi Kindergarten through using the EYLF’s outcomes as a guide to our programmes we support children to develop important skills in their learning before they begin formal schooling.
Cycle of planning is an on-going procedure in order to ensure every child’s learning journey is in progress. Educators observe children on a daily basis and record their observations for evaluation and further planning. Educators will assess children's well-being and developmental progress, in order to plan for each child and evaluate the program to find out if goals and objectives are being achieved.
Individual goals are set based on careful observations, feedback from families and conversations with the children. We plan strategies to achieve these goals, keep track of each child’s progress, and plan appropriate experiences for further learning and development. Therefore the program is aimed at developing each child’s confidence in their own ability, and to take on new challenges.
Our Programmes will be displayed in each classroom. If there is any way you would like to be involved in the children’s learning (guest speakers, donations for resources etc) please talk to us. The programs we run provide a wide range of individual and group experiences, which foster all areas of children’s development. This includes physical development, self-help skills, aesthetic and creative development, intellectual development, language, literacy & numeracy development, and social interactions.
in our environment, the children are grouped in three groups initially according to their age. The way in which children respond to the program will determine if they need extra activities, more one on one time or extension activities. In each group, there are two allocated qualified teacher + assistant educators available where needed.
Observations, photographs and children’s work are recorded in each child’s portfolio. Entries are made in each child’s portfolio according to their attendance. The portfolios are available for parents to view at any time. Please ask educators in your room to find your child’s portfolio. Their teacher regularly monitors children’s development. Parents are welcome to discuss with class educators about their child’s development at their request. There will be mid-year formal Parent Teacher meeting for families.
The daily routines is flexible to enable us to meet the needs of individuals within the groups.
Following outlines will involve the children at Konomi Kindergarten in a well -balanced program, developing their skills in:
Development of personal health, and physical education
- Development of fine & gross motor skills
- Learning about personal safety & hygiene
- Sun safety
- Daily active physical exercise – Munch & Move program
- Healthy lifestyle & values of nutrition
- Road safety
- Celebrating children’s physical achievements with their families in a special event of Sport Festival
Social & emotional Skills
- Developing self - respect and respect for others,
- Developing social interaction and manners and with grace and confidence
- Building friendships and recognition of social engagement through play
- Empathise with and express concerns for others
- Develop ability to make choices and cope with the unexpected
- Develop love for learning
Literacy Developing skills in:
- Talking & Listening – show& tell, reading time
- Story reading & telling and developing a love for books
- Pre-reading & pre writing
- Sounds of language & letter-sound relationships
- Visual literacy
- Developing skills & confidence in using digital media including camera, IPad, Computer, and Smartboard
- sing rhymes, jingles and songs
- Concepts of print & structure of texts
- Structure of texts
- Enjoyment language through games
- Problem solving
- Shape & colour recognition
- Measurement - language and units
- Mathematical vocabulary, discussions and arguments
- a sense of spatial
- Number concept
- Connections and exploring the environment mathematically
The Environment & Effect of Human Society/ our footprint
- Developing children’s knowledge, understandings, skills, values and attitudes towards the environment.
- Developing knowledge & care for their physical environment and resources
- Raising awareness in the community for sustainable practices and our responsibilities in the environment
- Development of confidence in self- expression, drama, dance and developing skills in visual arts & craft through exposure to a wide range of art forms drawing, painting, manipulation of different material to create artworks, etc….
- Music - the making and appreciating of their own music and that of others
- Celebrating the children’s achievement with their families in our special art festival and Music festival
Technology & Science
- Computer / early years programs
- Science Units integrated with Literacy and environment
- Smart Board interactive Learning
School Readiness Programm
- Leadership skills
- Personal care & hygiene
- Responsibility of their personal belongings
- Seeking help & support skills
- Pre- writing - alphabet, phonics, name
- Basic reading skills - through text and illustrations
- Number - recognising and writing numbers, concept of time, money
School Transition Programme
- Sharing the education amongst teachers
- Visits to the local Primary School
- organising lunch box day events
- Excursion to different destinations
At Konomi Kindergarten educators are committed to providing an inclusive, high quality program that caters for the needs, interests and abilities of all children. When programming, educators will look at each child in a variety of contexts:
- as an individual
- as a member of a group
- as part of a family
- as part of a society with a cultural background