Little Explorers implements high quality developmental programs which reflect the goals and philosophy of the centre. These programs are based on the needs and interests of each child as an individual and the group as a whole. We achieve this through communication with the family, observations, record keeping and regular evaluations of the program.
We encourage families to become involved in the programming process by offering ideas, skills, special interests and suggestions. Little Explorers supports the National Quality Framework. It recognizes the importance of each child’s development and how we as educators can contribute to their overall development and learning.
At the heart of Little Explorers curriculum is the Early Years Learning Framework –
Belonging, Being and Becoming
This Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning. It assists educators to provide children with experiences that will maximise each child’s potential and establish a foundation that will promote success in learning. The five overall Learning Outcomes in the Framework are:
- 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.
By involving families and the wider community in our curriculum we are able to achieve a holistic approach to children’s learning. We create an inclusive environment by encouraging families to participate in our programs, incorporating visits from Aboriginal representatives and having the children participate in experiences from the Aboriginal culture. By gathering information from families who attend our centre we are able to expose the children to a variety of experiences from different cultural backgrounds.