Funded Kinder Program
Swinburne Childrens Centres offer a fully funded kindergarten program for children who are 4, or turning 4 before the 30th of April of that same year. The integrated kindergarten program is open to all families as a flexible option. The Kindergarten curriculum is child/family focused and initiated, reflective of interests. The foundation of the program is to promote educational outcomes highlighted in The Victorian Early Years Learning Framework.
The educational curriculum within the kindergarten program is a play based learning approach, with intentional teaching and inquiry based investigation embraced. Key curriculum concepts such as early literacy, early numeracy and dispositional enhancement are imbedded in the program to promote maximum learning outcomes for children.
School readiness and skill building is focused predominantly on the development of social and emotional wellbeing, with children attaining a strong sense of self, community and autonomy.
Benefits of Swinburne Childrens Centres Kindergarten:
- Small class size (Maximum of 15 children per day)
- Kindergarten sessions are delivered by a fully qualified Kindergarten teacher 5 days per week
- The kindergarten program is delivered for 37.5 hours per week, well exceeding the minimum delivery expectation of 15 hours
- Children have access to this program for their funded kindergarten year, or as part of the long daycare component – everyone is welcome and included
- School holiday care is available within the long daycare component
- No additional fees or charges apply to access the kindergarten program. Standard daycare fees apply.
- Indoor/outdoor program is able to be facilitated all year round with access to the large, undercover outdoor areas
- Meals and snacks are provided for all children
Swinburne Childrens Centres have strong links and ties to additional education supports and programs in the community to further benefit children in their learning.
Rizing Stars Creative Dance and Drama Group
Swinburne Childrens Centres provide Rizing Stars Creative Dance and Drama sessions on a daily basis. Educators throughout all services are trained to implement this unique program, following a set syllabus enhanced by children’s input. All centres have an extensive range of Rizing Stars props, music and costumes.
Swinburne Children’s Centres educational programs focus on children’s learning outcomes under the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Early Years Learning Framework (Belonging, Being and Becoming). The Frameworks identify outcomes to describe key elements of children’s learning and development:
- Children have a strong sense of identity (Identity)
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world (Community)
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing (Wellbeing)
- Children are confident and involved learners Learning)
- Children are affective communicators (Communication)
All Swinburne Children’s Centres are actively connected and involved within the community through our community based projects. Our service projects present children with important learning and development opportunities within every key element:
- Identity: Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence and sense of agency
- Community: Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active civic participation
- Children respond to diversity with respect
- Children become aware of fairness
- Children become socially responsible and show respect for their environment
- Wellbeing: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
- Learning: Children recourse their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
- Communication: Use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking