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Programming is based around the nationally recognised document – Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (2009).
This document recognises and focuses on child-initiated and PLAY based activities. PLAY is the primary means of learning during the early childhood years.
PLAY has a high degree of self-motivation and spontaneity and offers opportunities for acquiring and practicing social, language, physical and intellectual skills.
Goals – What are we going to do?
By recognising and supporting children’s interests, educators can link play to educational outcomes that are achieved in relevant and naturally occurring situations and activities.
By implementing PLAY based programs we will be encouraging diversity, valuing innovation, creativity and individuality and assisting children to become co-operative learners in small and large groups.
Children will be encouraged to plan and discuss possible projects and work together to research and share their knowledge and skills.
We will help children learn skills for life, not only as preparation for school.
Strategies – How will it be done?