Both Northgate and Greenwith Child Care Centres have entered into a partnership with the South Australian Government to implement the Universal Access to early Childhood Education. Universal Access is a commitment by the Australian Government to give all children access to quality childhood programs delivered by University trained teachers for 15 hours per week, 40 weeks of the year, in the year before full time schooling.
Our Kindergarten curriculum is conducted by teachers who all possess a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. The sessions are run daily from 8.45am to 4.45pm but children can access child care in the Kindergarten room outside of these times to cater for working families.
Educators extend and enrich children’s learning and development through their transition to school with the use of the Early Years Learning Framework. Whist in the Kindergarten, children will develop a strong sense of wellbeing, become confident involved learners and effective communicators. Through both play based learning and intentional teaching, children will develop skills in language and literacy, numeracy, maths and science, gross and fine motor ability and social emotional development.
Language and literacy is developed and extended through group games, stories, “show and tell” and social interactions. Pre reading and writing activities follow a phonetic approach and prepare children for sound blending on commencement of school. Numeracy, maths and science is fostered through play and explorations.
The Kindergarten’s indoor and outdoor environments allow children to become researchers and develop their own concepts and ideas. Children become aware and responsible for the environment through imbedded sustainable practices.
All educators give priority to positive relationships and consistently offer emotional support which assists children in developing the skill and understanding needed to interact positively with others.
Our Kindergarten creates a welcoming environment where all children and families are respected and actively encouraged to collaborate with educators about curriculum decisions in order to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful.