The general aims of St Aloysius Catholic College Kindergarten are to provide a secure, happy and encouraging environment and to stimulate development:
•Spiritually – by encouraging the child to discover God in His unique relationship with them and in the world they encounter.
•Socially and emotionally – by enhancing a feeling of self-esteem and self-worth, by developing independence, including responsibility for own belongings, respect for the rights of others and by participating as a member of a group. This involves taking turns, sharing, using words to express needs and respecting people’s personal space and property.
•Cognitively – by developing the child’s curiosity and the desire to learn.
•Linguistically – by developing the child’s ability to communicate.
•Aesthetically and Creatively – by developing the child’s confidence in exploring creative materials
•Physically – by developing the child’s gross and fine motor skills and by fostering an understanding of health, hygiene and nutritional needs.
During 2013 we will continue using the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia: Belonging, Being and Becoming in our Kindergarten classes. The Framework’s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds successes for life. It is a guide for early childhood educators who work with children from birth to five years.
The Early Years Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming. Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to just ‘be’- time to play, try new things and have fun.
Becoming is about learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
Through the Framework’s five learning goals educators will assist your child develop:
• a strong sense of their identity
• connections with their world
• a strong sense of wellbeing
• confidence and involvement in their learning
• effective communication skills.