Kids Capers Childcare provides a play-based learning program, as it is through play that children are able to make sense of their world and build knowledge from previous experiences. The activities designed by our educators offer opportunities for children to guide their own learning based on their interests and skill level in a loving, friendly and fun environment.
Our educators are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
A National Early Years Curriculum which focuses on:
- Children developing a strong sense of identity and wellbeing
- Children becoming environmentally aware and responsible
- Children developing a lifelong love of learning
- Children making connections between current understandings and new knowledge
- Children becoming confident learners and effective communicators
The Early Years Learning 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 to be, time to play, try new things and have fun.
- Becoming is about the 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.
As part of our program we develop a Portfolio for each child. Throughout the year we gather a collection of your child's learning, such as observations, photos, conversations, and work samples that provide an insight into their learning and development. Portfolios are available for families to view their child's progress and provide us with feedback.
At the end of the year each family is presented with their child's portfolio as a keepsake of their time at Kids Capers.
Our Educational Leaders Role:
As Educational Leaders we have the role of motivating, affirming and also challenging or extending the practice and pedagogy of the Educators.
Bi monthly we work collaboratively with the Educational Leaders from all of Kids capers centres, to engage in reflective discussions and inquiry about practice and implementing the approved frameworks. Some strategies we use as Educational Leaders to support Educators:
- Mentoring educators by leading quality practice.
- Facilitating bi-monthly Educational Leader networking meetings.
- Discussing routines and how to make them more effective learning experiences.
- Observing children and Educator interactions, and making suggestions on how to improve interactions and intentional teaching.
- Talking to parents and gaining feedback about the educational program.
- Working with other early childhood professionals such as maternal and child health nurses and early childhood intervention specialists.
- Considering how the program can be linked to the community by working with other community services and groups such as Aboriginal Elders.
- Establishing systems across the service to ensure there is continuity of learning when children change room or attend other services, and then in their transition to school.
- Assisting with documenting children’s learning and how these assessments can inform curriculum decision making.
- Developing and delivering training for Educators internally.
- Providing opportunities for Educators to attend external professional development and networking meetings.
- Working collaboratively with Educators and the leadership team to develop and update each centre’s Quality Improvement Plan.