The Oak Seed Early Learning Centres follow the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). There are three concepts that come from the Early Years Learning Framework and that is Belonging, Being and Becoming.
- Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities.
- Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives.
- Becoming reflects the process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow.
The EYLF provides educators with a structure to effectively plan and assess learning activities and to monitor your child’s progress. This framework seeks to develop and grow children who:
- have a sense of and are comfortable with who they are;
- recognise and respect the relationships and connections in their lives;
- gain ever increasing control over their physical, social and emotional growth;
- are fascinated about the world around them and seek to explore and understand it, and
- are able to communicate with others through various means and are keen to do so.
The EYLF has a strong emphasis on play based learning, which is encouraged and facilitated by our educators in all our centres. Each child’s knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests provide the inspiration for the activities within our program, and by listening to the children and following their interests each child feels a growing sense of belonging and engagement. This leads to confident and motivated children, who feel empowered to follow their own passions and drive their own learning.
Educators engage closely with children, families and the communities and uncover areas of relevance and interest to the children. Providing a meaningful context for an experience encourages deeper exploration and engagement by children. Educators see children as full of potential, competent and capable of building their own theories with support and guidance. We aim to provide a holistic approach to education and create learning environments that promote curiosity, inquiry and a sense of wonder.
Children’s learning is made visible by the weekly program, documenting daily posts and monthly observations and follow ups through Kinderloop, children’s craft diaries, newsletters and project displays.
Physical activity is also a key component to children’s learning and this is promoted through planned and spontaneous experiences that are age appropriate for each child. The Oak Seed Early Learning Centres follows the Munch and Move Program. The six key messages that form the basis of the Munch & Move program are:
- Encourage and support breastfeeding
- Choose water as a drink
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
- Choose healthier snacks
- Get active each day
- Turn off the television and computer and get active
Routine is good for children and can be a way of teaching your child healthy habits, such as hand washing. Daily routines help provide a comforting sense of familiarity and security within the environment, creating a strong foundation maximises opportunities for greater learning. We value and encourage parental involvement and support this with our Open Door policy.
We place a high priority on the environment and sustainability at The Oak Seed Early Learning Centre, and we teach children to reduce, reuse and recycle. We have a range of sustainable practises throughout our centres to teach children about preserving the environment, encouraging them to become environmentally responsible and teaching them to show respect for the environment.