Flinders Children’s Centre
At the Flinders Children’s Centre and Tji Tji Wiltja Preschool we are committed to providing a high quality, flexible educational program that is inclusive, equitable and accessible for all children. The Early Years Framework for Australia, “Belonging, Being & Becoming” is our guiding curriculum and from the learning outcomes we develop learning programmes around: children have a strong sense of identity; children are connected with and contribute to their world; children have a strong sense of wellbeing; children are confident and involved learners; and children are effective communicators
STEM is the acronym given to the integrated learning approach focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Using a play-based pedagogy, children can be given the opportunity to investigate, manipulate and experiment with a wide range of resources and materials that develop the concepts, skills and dispositions that are important for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At the Flinders Children’s Centre the children have been presented with the opportunity to explore a large variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematic experiences. These opportunities have included studies about the weather, experiments using the natural environment, creating and maintain a functioning vegetable garden, exploring movement and learning about the patterns and sequences in aboriginal art. The children’s research and curiosity skills have developed significantly over the year, they have begun hypothesizing and making predictions based in the information they are given. The children have become more confident in answering questions.
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Nature play is open ended, self-directed play that takes place in, and engages with the natural environment. At the preschool we take pride in being able to incorporate our nature play designed outdoor area into our everyday teaching experiences. Nature inspires us to explore, create and connect with the beautiful spaces the preschool has to offer. Educators work with children to encourage open ended questions and offer opportunities to extend learning through quality interactions in the natural learning environment.
We are currently working together as a team to take our learning beyond the fence line. This decision came about as we were keen to further extend ourselves to include both the wider environment and community. We want to provide a rich learning experience in which the children and their parents can explore the environment together, and in which the children can share and build on the skills and experiences they have so ably adapted to, and to be able to make their own. Watch this space as exciting things are coming….
The bus service is offered to families who require support to get their children to and from their allocated preschool session. We are one of the only Preschools in Port Augusta who offer this 24 seater bus service. We have a priority of access policy in place where children are assessed on a needs basis. The bus service was implemented to help combat low attendance rates and has been a great success since the service first started running.
Our Centre follows the Right Bite program and we are an advocate for healthy eating and life styles. We use the fresh produce from our preschool garden as well as from the local community green grocer. The program incorporates fruit twice a day and lunch for the children. With this opportunity the children are often involved in cooking experiences and helping to prepare the food for the day. This gives the children a sense of pride and belonging in the Preschool environment.
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