Our Curriculum

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Our Curriculum2018-06-08T00:43:06+00:00

Bluebird Early Education strives to be at the cutting edge of educational pedagogy and fosters an holistic early learning program that supports every child to achieve their full potential.

Our inspired curriculum embraces a range of early childhood philosophies and proven teaching practices, in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework of Australia. Our major philosophical influences include, Reggio Emilia, Steiner, Montessori and Forest School programs.

Most importantly, your little learner will be safe within the care of our passionate and highly experienced educators who receive ongoing professional development and mentoring from industry leaders.

Bluebirds extended curriculum is based upon proven research that supports the successful development of the whole child through activities that enhance cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative skills.

How Children Learn

Children are born with a natural curiosity and wonder and are keen investigators.  In their quest to understand and seek meaning we arrange learning environments, materials and events that foster this natural desire to inquire.  We believe in the importance of providing environments where children:

  • Can access real tools
  • Can research and investigate their theories
  • Be actively involved
  • Have choices and solve their own problems
  • Be involved in decisions
  • Have autonomy
  • Can take risks (socially, intellectually and physically) whilst being supervised – this includes being an active part of risk assessment procedures in age appropriate ways.

First Weeks

0-2 Year Olds

Starting in an early childhood service can be a daunting experience for both a child and family.  The transition is therefore an important part of settling in, gaining some familiarity and getting to know each other.   Children approach new experiences in different ways and it is during the orientation period in partnership with families that we can establish the best strategies to support your child.

Orientation is an important transition process. This often requires flexibility from both parents and the teaching team, particularly for our youngest children.   In the first few weeks, Educator’s will gain an understanding of your child’s routine and familiarize themselves with the unique cues of your child.  Educators learn quickly to be attuned to these cues, and try to keep to your child’s routines as much as possible. Communication on a daily basis with your child’s teaching team will ensure that on any given day we are able to meet your child’s needs. As well as Educator’s understanding your child’s cues, it is during this time that your child will begin to form a trusting relationship and settle into their new environment.

A photo book is provided to you prior to commencing and this allows us to share with your child the important people, places and events in their lives. During these first few weeks and sometimes months children will revisit these books so we encourage you to bring these along on your child’s first day.

Supporting each child to form a strong sense of belonging is our priority in the first few weeks and we acknowledge this is best done through a partnership with families.

If your child has an attachment object or a favored item from home we encourage you to bring this along.

We look forward to establishing a relationship with you and your child as we partner together in your child’s early years education.

2-5 Year Olds

Starting in an early childhood service can be a daunting experience for both a child and family.  The transition is therefore an important part of settling in, gaining some familiarity and getting to know each other.   Children approach new experiences in different ways and it is during the orientation period in partnership with families that we can establish the best strategies to support your child.

Orientation is an important transition process. This often requires flexibility from both parents and the teaching team.   In the first few weeks, Educator’s will develop a relationship with your child and ensure they are able to meet their needs.  Educators learn quickly to be attuned to the individual needs of children, but appreciate the importance of regular communication with families throughout those first few weeks.

A transition book is provided to you prior to commencing where we encourage you to work with your child to place some important photographs of the people, places and events that are significant.  During the initial settling in period these transition books provide a basis for shared storytelling and getting to know each other more.  Please bring these along on the first day.

Supporting each child to form a strong sense of belonging is our priority in the first few weeks and we acknowledge this is best done through a partnership with families.

If your child has an attachment object or a favored item from home we encourage you to bring this along.

We look forward to establishing a relationship with you and your child as we partner together in your child’s early years education.

Documentation of Learning

Each Studio designs a group program, which is based on current interests at the time.  Various curriculum areas and expressive art mediums are integrated as each project is explored with the group.

The Studio project is documented.

Individual Learning Journals

Each child has a folder which is a dedicated record of learning and development.  This folder can be accessed at any time during the year and is also sent home periodically.

Our Learning Journals are for individual children and contain a collection of various assessments and documentation that reflects a child’s progress of development and learning. It provides evidence and samples of a child’s achievement throughout the year. For educators, Individual Learning Journals offer an opportunity to reflect on an individual child’s efforts and achievements over time. For children and families, Learning Journals enable them to be part of a collaborative approach where all contributions are welcomed and gain an insight and understanding your child’s learning.