early years program
Our early years program follow an Emergent curriculum, an Emergent curriculum is one that is responsive to children’s interests, and is meaningful, relevant and engaging for each child. This approach allows educators to respond to observations of children, build upon their strengths and scaffold learning. It requires professional knowledge, planning for learning, and a focus on progressing each child’s learning and development towards the learning outcome.
Educators working within the emergent curriculum, endeavour to build on children’s prior learning and current interests, and provoke new ideas and learning opportunities that challenge and extend children’s existing understandings about the world.
Planned learning programs are flexible and responsive to the spontaneous and emerging interests of children and serve to seize key ‘teachable moments’.
Emergent curriculum can initially come from a range of sources including:
children’s interests and current knowledge
the physical environment
the social environment
values held in the education and care context (community, cultural group)
Our programs identify the need to include child led learning, coupled with educator-supported learning opportunities. Curriculum is viewed as a ‘child-initiated and educator framed' process, a negotiation and co-constructed process in which educators and children have a voice.