Education & Sustainability

Our Approach

Branches curriculum is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the My time, Our Place- Framework for school age children care in Australia being our national Frameworks for Early Childhood Education. You can read more on the national frameworks here

We are committed to providing a developmental and educational program, which caters for each child’s individual needs, abilities and interests. Our program will continue to develop as we use the relationships children have with their families and communities, working in partnership with parents, to ensure each child’s knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of our programs. 

We encourage play-based learning where children to be responsible for their own learning through experiences and interests. We use conversations, actions and play as the basis for teaching which involves the children being partners in teaching by seeking out ideas, opinions, thoughts and questions. We value children and family input and encourage family involvement in order to gather a comprehensive and holistic view of the child. 

The Early Years Learning Framework and My time, Our Place Frameworks are founded on the view that children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming. 

Early Childhood Education

Belonging

Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.

Being

Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.

Becoming

Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.

If you would like to know more about our Early Childhood Education program please contact us 

Sustainability

In our Early Childhood Education program, children learn sustainable practices that are embedded in the children’s daily routine and in their day-to-day activities

Educating children and having them participate in ‘garden to plate’ activities i.e. seed sprouting, weeding, vegetable gardens, cooking amongst other activities

Using recyclable materials where possible

Encouraging children to use half flush on the toilets

Encouraging children to turn the water off when they have washed their hands

Encouraging children to recycle paper and rubbish within their rooms, at home and when in the wider community

Educating children in the natural decomposition cycle through exposure and participation in worm farms and composting food scraps

Talking with the children about electricity and encouraging them to turn off lights

Educating children in how to care for pets and letting them actively participate in caring for the Centre pet

Talking with the children about electricity and encouraging them to turn off lights

our families & the community

As part of our Early Childhood Education program, our families and the wider community are encouraged to adopt sustainable practices and share ideas as a commitment to our children and their future, These include:

learning framework

Our Early Childhood Eduction program embraces the learning opportunities provided to our children, families and the wider community. These include: