CURRICULUM AT LITTLE GEMS EARLY LEARNING MARYBOROUGH
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Little Gems Early Learning & Childcare, Maryborough, aims to provide an enriching curriculum that extends and enriches children’s learning. The Early Years Learning Framework says that a curriculum is – “all the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in the environment designed to foster children’s learning and development” (source – EYLF document, pg 9). Our curriculum encompasses all of this and much more. We collaborate with families, guide children’s learning and extend on the children’s own interpretations and imaginary play. This is a continuing process of collecting evidence and information, identifying the development of learning and reflecting upon our daily practices.
Little Gems learning stories are designed to encourage children to be actively involved in their own learning process. This will enable them to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. The learning stories are displayed daily and weekly for all parents to see, each child also has their own learning journal that is available online for parents, caregivers and families to see.
Kindergarten Curriculum and Program:
Little Gems offers a Queensland Government approved Kindergarten Program. The program offers parents and children a program that enriches and fosters their learning whilst still having the flexibility of days and hours to suit each families requirements.
The Kindergarten Program:
- Implemented and run by a University Qualified Early Childhood Teacher
- Current teacher is also internationally trained and Emilio Reggio trained and has 18 years of early childhood experience
- Curriculum is based on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines
- Program offered is for a minimum of 15 hours per week. We run our program for 48 weeks of the year.
- Provides greater flexibility for families, as the centre operates 52 weeks a year from 6.30am to 6.30pm
- Kindergarten program runs from 9.00am – 3pm each day
For more information on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines, please click here
Please see our centre director or early childhood teacher for more information in regards to our current curriculum and learning outcomes.
Little Gems Centre Philosophy:
Children are unique individuals with different interests, strengths, and abilities. They learn in their own time, at their own pace and in their own way. At Little Gems, we encourage children to be active in their own learning process so we observe, listen, and participate. A program is tailored to the individual needs, levels and interests of each child. Whilst playing and learning together educators use intentional teaching methods by encouraging, questioning, extending and reflecting on experiences shared. We will scaffold the development and education of each child as an individual who is able to develop their own identity and qualities, but still contribute and interact within a large group. Children are provided with the opportunity and freedom to explore independently, be creative and initiate further experiences.
For more on our centre philosophy please click here.