Kinder Room – View Street
We recognise the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. We want them to enjoy life, to enjoy being. We want children to feel positive, to regulate themselves, to experience strong relationships and enjoy life’s joys. We also want them to be resilient and to meet challenges. We want to equip children with skills to enjoy life now and in the future. We want make children positive people, who will continue to become active participants in society.
We understand that children need a flexible play-based program that provides experiences for different learning styles. The curriculum is based on the interests and strengths of individuals, and children are encouraged to contribute their ideas. The curriculum also makes room for intentional teaching and planned experiences such as; water, road and sun safety, dental hygiene, responsible pet ownership etc. We will provide a rich, stimulating and nurturing environment that has the potential to stimulate imagination, promote creativity and enhance aesthetic development.
We believe children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; maths; science; social and emotional development and work towards learning outcomes as expressed in the EYLF and the VEYLDF – “Being Belonging and Becoming”
The educators at Swinburne Children’s Centre will bring fundamental, personal qualities to the kindergarten environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and passion for learning. We are committed to open and constructive communication with families which includes discussions, individual child portfolios, reflections and monthly newsletters.
Embedded Community Engagement:
Last year our community project was so successful we decided to continue on this year. Educators and Kinders bake dog biscuits on a regular basis. It’s a hands on experience for our Kinder children including decorating the bags, weighing the biscuits, packing them and selling them within our centres. We are fortunate enough that a local café in Mooroolbark (GiGi’s Place) has supported our venture since the beginning and is selling them in her business. We even went on an excursion to GiGi’s Place to deliver the biscuits. We were lucky enough to have GiGi make milkshakes and cupcakes for all our Kinders while we were there.
Once we’ve sold a sufficient amount of dog biscuits we then choose a charity to donate all of the profits to. So far we have donated to animal aide to help with their recourses and we’ve sponsored a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary; followed by an excursion to Healesville Sanctuary. Over time with opportunities and support, the ways in which children connect and participate with others increases. Being involved in the community strengthens children’s sense of identity and wellbeing.
Swinburne View Street Centre also donates shredded paper to local Veterinary clinics.