St Johns Kindergarten provides a play-based curriculum focussed on children’s developmental growth; their current interests and abilities. Both the Three-Year-Old and Four-Year-Old kindergarten programs have a balance between structured and spontaneous, child initiated and adult supported learning experiences. St Johns Kinder offers a Nature Play program across both age groups and the Four-Year-Old kinder students participate in an Intergenerational Playgroup with a local aged care partnership.
The Kindergarten program offers children a broad range of designed learning experiences and activities to support the educational needs and interests of the children within it. When children show interest in an area, teachers adapt the program to reflect children’s enthusiasm and participation, creating learning opportunities that support developmental areas and work toward VEYLDF outcomes.
Curriculum documentation is reflective and is published as it is created to families via our secure online platform Storypark.
Our programs are written and implemented following the learning outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS).
Developmental skills and learning dispositions are integrated into the activities, experiences and discussions that the children participate in, allowing the programs to foster the development of the whole child. This includes:
- Children have a strong sense of identity – children develop a sense of self; security; resilience; agency; autonomy; and care, empathy and respect for others.
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world – children develop a sense of belonging; participation; fairness; respect for diversity; social responsibility; and respect and care for the environment.
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing – children develop their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing; and take increasing responsibility and independence for their own health, self-care, and physical wellbeing.
- Children are confident and involved learners – children develop their learning dispositions: curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflection; and develop their learning skills and processes: problem-solving, questioning, experimenting, theorising, researching and investigating.
- Children are effective communicators – children develop skills and understandings to become more effective communicators verbally and non-verbally; develop literacy and numeracy concepts; and explore a variety of ways for self and group expression.
Regular Kinder Outings
We are proud of our Nature Walks and Intergenerational playgroup visits at Aveo Aged Care in George St. Both our 3 and 4 year old kinder children spend part of their sessions in Tjilatjirrin Reserve in Sandringham each week discovering the different plants and gardens, observing the way the environment changes and planting and maintaining these community spaces for us all to enjoy. The children also learn a lot about sustainability and ways to help our environment both at kinder and at home.
Inspired by the ABC series ‘Old Peoples Home for 4 year olds’ the St Johns Educators made a connection with Aveo Aged Care and since November 2019 the 4 year old kinder children have been visiting their friends at George St. Each visit they play new games, draw pictures, build mobilo, sing songs and form new connections with the residents. This programme is still in its infancy but brings so much joy to all involved including the Aveo and St Johns Staff.