Olsen Avenue Community Children’s Centre has developed a new child-initiated program, based on the Early Years Learning Framework with Reggio Emilia approach where the staff offer’s a holistic approach to children’s development by supporting the child’s interests and family input.
This is achieved by offering an extension on what a child takes an interest in on that day and extending on what information the family write up and the interest level of the children from that input.
Photographs are taken to show evidence and are uploaded to our online program called Kindy Hub. Parents can access this Hub through an app which links them to their child’s daily reports, communications and information. Parents can also communicate through his app though family stories, which allows us to extend upon children’s interests, linking family life with their day here with friends.
We try to keep things simple as time is always a factor when busy parents want information about their child’s day, so this app allows you to sit down, relax and have meaningful conversations about their day and all the wonderful learning experiences they have had.
Parents have access to all policies at the centre. Copies can be made on request of any information you would like to take home.
Our program is inspired by the Curiosity Approach which encompasses our Philosophy. It encourages Inquiry-based and collaborative learning environments that are essentially avenues that acknowledge and encourage children’s own thoughts, ideas, and voices. Through the use of real life, authentic resources, natural materials and loose parts, we inspire curiosity, wonder and awe that promotes the children’s love for learning. All our Educators have a genuine love for teaching and are able to ignite curiosity and wonder within their pedagogical practice. Educators create environments that are open, warm, homely, interesting, and inspiring, which embrace our curious learners. Photographs are taken to show evidence and are uploaded to our online program called Kindyhub. Parents can access this platform through an app which links them to their child’s daily reports, communications and information.
Individual children’s own social, emotional, intellectual, and physical abilities and interests are supported. Families are respected and valued as their child’s first teacher and are encouraged to support the program through family input. Families share their child’s milestones, interests, and love for learning, which intertwines into our program, creating a partnership and active learning environment for all children.
Each child is able to make sense of their own world and build upon their individual self-esteem and confidence. Children’s involvement in decision-making in different areas of life, enables them to identify as competent, responsible, individuals, who take ownership for their actions and their environment. Children are treated with respect, and their views, and opinions are heard, and they are treated as capable learners.
Our program is inspired by the Curiosity Approach – Please click on the link for the full breakdown of this approach.