As I sat trying to put together he information I thought parents would be interested in about a year in our kinder room it occurred to me that most parents are not familiar with the national curriculum that teachers and childcare centres work under.
I decided the best format for a kinder information evening would be to shed some light on what our curriculum is and what it looks like in practice.
The Early Years Learning Framework identifies 5 learning outcomes as goals for children, those are:
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
In order to form a strong sense of self, children need to build secure relationships first within the family and then with caring, attentive adults in other settings.
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
Over time and with opportunity and support, the ways in which children connect and participate with others increase. Participating in their communities strengthens children’s sense of identity and well-being.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well-being.
During early childhood, the foundations for social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are laid.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
When babies and young children are relaxed and involved they express wonder and interest in their environments. When children are encouraged and supported to be children that are curious and enthusiastic participants in learning, they begin to develop positive dispositions for lifelong learning.
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.
Children communicate with others from birth.
Maintenance of first language is important for children’s identity, well-being, communication and learning.
We also explored what it means to truly work with a child in a holistic sense, I borrowed Dunlop’s depiction of the socio-culural child. This image places the child at the centre and in the surrounding circles identifies social effects on the child, the less immediate the affect, the further out they are placed.
This simplified version of our curriculum led to conversation about what that will look like implemented in a kinder environment. I am very much looking forward to starting a new year with a new group of children, meeting parents that will make up next years learning community and learning about the children who I will be working with.