All programs at Belrose Kindergarten are created by Early Childhood Teachers and are child centered and directed, based on the children’s individual interests, strengths and needs.
The Centre uses a play based approach to learning, allowing children to develop at their own pace and make sense of what is going on around them. Staff members provide a stimulating environment where children want to investigate and explore. They can then use their own ideas to make connections between previous learning experiences and new ones. They also experiment, solve problems and create.
Children are able to feel successful when they play because there is no right or wrong way to do it. This leads to feelings of confidence and the emergence of a positive sense of self. Associating positive feelings from play with learning also helps develop a lifelong “love of learning”.
Belrose Kindergarten looks after children aged from six weeks to six years old. A range of programs has been developed to ensure the needs of each age group are met.
Children are grouped as follows:
Turtles - 6 weeks to 2 years
Routines are followed for each child to allow continuity of their eating, sleeping, nappy changing, and play time. Focus is on the relationship between the carer and child and on encouraging a safe, loving and stimulating environment.
Guppies – 2 to 3 years
Staff are sensitive to the search for autonomy that typifies this age group and are ready to support and guide the children as needed. The program is flexible as the needs of children at this stage vary a great deal.
Seahorses – 3 to 4 years
Children are given more opportunities to interact as their social skills develop along with their understanding of what is good to do and what is not.
Dolphins – 4 to 6 years
This program helps prepare children for what they will encounter once they leave the Centre. For these children approaching school age, there is a particular focus on developing the skills needed to feel confident and instill a desire to learn.
The Centre incorporates a school readiness program into its learning framework across all programs, but with a particular focus on the older groups.
Literacy and Numeracy skills are also developed across all programs to help children learn and incorporate these into their daily life.