Our experienced and qualified educators teach specialised programs to ensure the children’s skills, interests, ideas, and needs are all being met based on the Early Years Learning Framework.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is a national curriculum framework launched in 2009 that provides direction and influences program development in all early childhood services. The principles of Belonging Being and Becoming as outlined in the Early Years Framework provide a guiding framework for the educators at Petersham ECEC to develop reflective and supportive teaching practices that scaffolds children’s learning.
This includes a school readiness program aimed at preparing the children for school and beyond. Our aim is to provide appropriate experiences based on every child’s capability through close observation so that children become successful, competent and capable learners for their further schooling years.
In addition to quality educational programs, the centre also provides an online portal software called ‘Story Park’. This offers parents the opportunity to login and see throughout the day what their children are learning, their current interests and how we extend their knowledge with our resources provided to them through our daily experiences.
At Petersham ECEC the children also have the opportunity to participate in sustainable practises by learning how to use the worm farm composting system. The children recycle fruits and vegetable scraps from their meal times to give to the worms, in which the children explore the continuous process. The centre also has onsite herb garden and citrus tree, which is easily accessible for the children to get involved in hands on experiences. With a sustainable program available at the centre the children develop and explore an awareness of the relationships with other living and non-living things and observe, notice, and respond to change. Furthermore children then develop an awareness of the impact of human activity on environments and the interdependence of living things.
The centre believes that forming connections with our families via community participation is a contributing factor of the children’s learning process. Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities as we encourage to teach an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation. As we contribute and connect children to their world the children learn and practise respect, fairness, and an increasing knowledge in taking responsibility for their environment. Children are then able to begin to recognise that they have a right to belong to many communities. We facilitate this by providing monthly excursions and incursions, where the children are then able to explore our diverse community. Petersham ECEC also offers children with a choice to learn a second language at the centre. In addition our morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea menus are also reflective of cultural diversity and are respectful of preferences, allergies and intolerances of the children.
The team at Petersham ECEC look forward to sharing this journey with you.