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Long Day Care

The educators at EYPP provide a safe, secure stimulating and challenging environment that promotes inquiry and curiosity based on the interest of individual children as well as the interest of the children as a group. As educators we promote children’s autonomy and empower them to develop the skills to manage their emotions and self-regulate their behaviour. This is consistent with Paulo Freires Educational theory that children have agency and the capacity to make decisions and choices in their learning experiences.

  

The service follows the practices and principles of the Victorian Early Years Learning and development framework with the understanding that working with families and other professionals we will deliver effective learning opportunities for children to not only meet their potential but to exceed it.


The service embraces each child’s individual learning style and supports them to extend on their interest and learning. (This is consistent with socio-cultural theorist Lev Vygotsky and Lori Malaguzzi, that children’s learning be scaffolded to meet individual strengths. 

Children learning is documented using the online platform Story Park, educators use this data to extend on each child’s individual learning and encourage family input to guide this.

Early Years @ Phoenix Park promotes independence and confidence in children by instilling the belief that all children are capable and active participants I their own learning and wellbeing.

 
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Sessional Kindergarten

Our sessional kindergarten is funded by the Victorian Government. It operates for 15 hours a week over 3 days. 9.30 – 2.30 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The kindergarten program is led by a 4-year bachelor trained Early childhood teacher who has recently completed her qualification in Forest School Learning which is about reconnecting children to nature through meaningful experiences in our local area and the urban forest.

The kindergarten curriculum is based on research that shows children’s learning is influenced by a range of social and emotional factors. How well children do at school is affected by such things as

  • How confident children feel about their abilities

  • How effectively they are able to manage their own behaviour

  • How well they can concentrate and organizer themselves

  • How effectively they can solve problems

  • How positively they are able to get on with teaching staff and with their peers

  • How effectively they take into account others needs

  • How well they can understand and accept responsibilities.

Working in collaboration with the many schools surrounding Early Years @ Phoenix Park our kindergarten teachers meet throughout the year with our local primary school teachers to discuss best practices to empower all children to learn at high levels to become successful independent, life long learners.

 
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Integrated Kindergarten Program

Our integrated kindergarten program is very popular for those families where both parents are working.

The integrated program is led by a four-year Early Childhood bachelor trained teacher and operates from 7am – 6pm daily and is supported by two qualified early childhood educators.

The Teacher is present in the program from 9.30am – 2.30pm daily and the co-educators continue the program outside of those hours 7.00am – 9.30am and again 2.30pm – 6.00pm.

The integrated kindergarten programs curriculum is inline with the sessional program’s curriculum, the only difference being the extended hours for children to foster their learning and development.

The kindergarten curriculum is based on research that shows children’s learning is influenced by a range of social and emotional factors. How well children do at school is affected by such things as

  • How confident children feel about their abilities

  • How effectively they are able to manage their own behaviour

  • How well they can concentrate and organizer themselves

  • How effectively they can solve problems

  • How positively they are able to get on with teaching staff and with their peers

  • How effectively they take into account others needs

  • How well they can understand and accept responsibilities.

Working in collaboration with the many schools surrounding Early Years @ Phoenix Park our kindergarten teachers meet throughout the year with our local primary school teachers to discuss best practices to empower all children to learn at high levels to become successful independent, lifelong learners.