Our Educators are passionate about providing children with the skills needed to become successful learners of all aspects of their lives.
Our program supports children’s learning through play. During play experiences, children are provided with opportunities to discover, create, improvise and imagine (EYLF).
Early Childhood years are the foundation for the child’s learning and development, and our curriculum provide children with the opportunities to achieve their best while enjoying their time with their educators and peers.
Our curriculum is based on the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which focus on the 5 key learning outcomes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators.
The 5 Learning Outcomes are designed to capture the integrated and complex learning and development of all children across the early childhood age group range.
Transition to school
At SMMELC, Our Transition to school Program is implemented throughout every day your child attends. It is designed to address key aspects of your child’s development which are necessary for them to possess before commencing Primary School.
Our Educators work in partnership with families to help children achieve individual goals. This involves all aspects of your child’s skills across the following areas:
- Social & emotional skills
- Health and physical development
- Literacy and numeracy
- Science & technology
- Our community
- The world around us/ Diversity
- Self help skills
- Environmental awareness
Our Extensive Transition To school program commences in November of every year. The aim of the program is to ensure educators work closely with all preschool children to ensure their transition to kindergarten is a smooth process, where they are encouraged to become confident and successful learners in their environment. Therefore we encourage all children starting Kindergarten in the following year to remain at Preschool until school commences to ensure they are well prepared and transition easily into the next step of their life….KINDERGARTEN!
Our program will be compiled based on family input from the Transition to School surveys completed by our families with children starting school the following year, as well as information gathered from the Kindergarten information night conducted by our local primary school teachers at our services.
We ensure to form strong relationships and information sharing between families, early childhood settings and schools before children start school. This will help to ensure preschoolers a smooth transition to school.
Early Childhood experiences are vital for children’s brain development (Mustard 2002). A quality transition to school continues children’s development and learning.
What can you do as a parent to assist in the transition process?
- Visit the local schools to help you make the best decision. Ask about their curriculum, their services and how they support the children’s learning.
- Set up play dates with another child that will be attending the same school as your child. It might make the transition easier if there was a familiar face in the new environment.
- Ensure to attend all the information nights conducted by the Primary school of choice. This will give you an insight of what is expected from you as a parent and from your child as a new student.
- Ensure your child attends all orientation days set up by the school. Orientation days will help your child to get familiar with new class room, new teacher and peers they will be associating with next year.
- Explain some of the rules at school at home. Older siblings or family members can discuss with your child that they need to put their hand up before speaking in class or ask before going to the toilet etc
- Encourage your child to talk about school at home and discuss their experiences. Ask specific questions such as ‘Who did you sit next to at lunch time?’, ‘What games did you play in sports today?’
- Give your child plenty of love and opportunities to discuss their day and the new experiences they are enjoying.
At SMMELC, we understand that this is a new chapter in your life as well as your child. Our Educators are always here to support you and assist you in any issues or concerns that arise, as we can work together to help make this process as smooth as possible our doors are always open to everyone!