Kindergarten Program - 3 to 5 years
Milestone Child Care and Kindergarten offers both 3 and 4 year old long day kindergarten programs. We have developed a strong numeracy and literacy focus to ensure children have a strong grounding for the primary school years.
We go by the philosophy that children learn best through play, so we incorporate those elements into our programs, but refrain from making the children sit and write their names or trace letters. When planning the children’s activities, we aim to present a program that is structured to a certain extent, yet allows for a lot of spontaneity and flexibility.
Play is the children’s work through which they learn and make sense of the world around them. Our play based curriculum is child-oriented; emerging from the child’s current interests, needs and development levels. We find that kindergarten-aged children learn most readily when the curriculum is relevant to their lives.
We like to encourage family participation across all aspects of our program. Families can contribute to our programs through many ways, such as rostered parent duty, feedback forms and an open-door policy which allows families to visit the centre to play or share a story, special talent, meal, cultural experience etc. This centre values ideas and contributions from families, & part of our aim is to make your family feel that this is a home away from home.
Kinder 3 - 4 years
Our 3-4 year old Kinder room can have 33 children per day, and follows a one educator to 11 children ratio. Our kinder room program is lead by 1 qualified early childhood educator and is assisted by 2 other qualified early childhood educators.
Our 3 year old kindergarten program runs all day from Monday to Friday. There is no minimum time requirement that a child needs to attend 3 year old kindergarten. Even though the children are now in kindergarten, they are still exposed to all of the benefits of being in the child care centre environment such as catered meals and the opportunity to mix with children of all ages.
Our kindergarten program focuses on growing self-confidence, problem-solving skills, self-esteem, skill development and independence. The kinder team utilise the children’s current interests and identified strength and need areas to form the basis of the kinder program. The children are given opportunities to express which experiences and activities they would enjoy exploring throughout the program.
The routine in the kinder room is relaxed, flexible and allows for both spontaneous and planned experiences. Children are provided with interesting, aesthetically pleasing and engaging activities throughout the indoor and outdoor environments. Activities are designed to provide concepts that enhance understanding and learning in areas of literacy, maths, science, music, environment and creativity.
Our outdoor spaces provide children with multiple opportunities to explore nature, sustainability and develop physical skills. Children have access to the development of edible gardens, as well as areas to run, explore and engage in quiet, solitary play. Educators provide many small and whole group experiences, both indoors and out, to encourage cooperation and build on social skills such as turn taking and sharing.
Pre-School 4 - 5 years
Our 4-5 year old Pre-School room can have 33 children per day, and follows a one educator to 11 children ratio. Our pre-school room has a full kindergarten program with 2 bachelor qualified kindergarten teachers. This includes a comprehensive school readiness program. Our kindergarten teachers are assisted by two qualified early childhood educators.
Our kindergarten program runs all day from Monday to Friday. Children must attend a 4 year old funded kindergarten at least 15 hours per week which can be achieved at Milestone over 2 full days.
Each child is observed and planned for, and their needs addressed, to prepare children for school. Our teachers are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Formal teacher interviews are available at any time at the family's request, to discuss development in the year prior to school.
We believe that children learn best through play, so we incorporate those elements into our programs, and refrain from making children write their name or trace letters unless they show an interest. When planning the children’s activities, we aim to present a program that is structured to a certain extent, yet allows for a lot of choice, spontaneity and flexibility. Our kinder program prepares each child for the move to school, in a manner which is non-threatening and educational.
Play is the children’s work through which they learn and make sense of the world around them. Play is also a process of development in everything a child does whereby a child’s curiosity is fulfilled by use of fantasy, imagination, independence and sensory exploration. Our play based curriculum is child-oriented; emerging from current interests, needs and developmental levels of the group. We provide an indoor/outdoor program where children can choose where they wish to play and explore. We find that kinder aged children learn most readily when the curriculum is relevant to their lives.
Our program is interactive and exploratory involving interaction with a rich variety of materials and equipment. We also incorporate as many ‘real life’ play experiences as possible into the program, e.g. home corner. Our first priority is to instill a love and appreciation for meaningful learning, thus helping to ensure children reach their full potential in later years. It is through this child-oriented play based curriculum that children gain a range of social, emotional, cognitive, lingual and physical skills.
At Milestone, we do not focus on the alphabet or learning to write letters, names and numbers. The way we incorporate letters and numbers in our program is with experiences such as group games that include counting or recognising letters & numbers, singing songs and the letter of the week show and tell. We don't have specific times in the day where we focus on academic skills or knowledge as we know that children learn all they need to know through play (with gentle intentional teaching by educators).
We like to encourage family participation across all aspects of our program. Families can contribute to our programs through many ways, such as parent duty, feedback and an open-door policy which allows families to come in to the centre to play or share a story, talent, cultural experience etc. We value contributions from families and part of our aim is to make your family feel that this is a home away from home.
Some of the areas that we focus on are:
- Independence – e.g. getting the children to put their own belongings in their bags, self-serving themselves meals, using “real-life” objects in play
- Social Interactions – e.g. helping the children solve problems during social interactions so they can negotiate their way out in the playground
- School Readiness – e.g. providing the children with scissors, sticky tape, glue sticks, hole punchers etc.
- Sustainability – e.g. growing our own produce, becoming environmentally responsible, recycling
By providing small group activities such as home corner and block corner, we believe this gives children the opportunity to work on social and problem solving skills like working out an issue between two or more children, turn taking, sharing etc.
Throughout the year, we provide numerous learning experiences that will assist children in the transition to school, such as:
- Responsible Pet Ownership incursion
- Lunch Box Days in term 4 where children bring lunch boxes to kinder & are familiarised on how to open wrappers, peel fruit, punch through straws etc.
- Cooking experiences
- ‘Letter of the Week’
- Events and celebrations on our calendar of events
- Gardening and growing fruits, vegetables and herbs
- Free Hearing Screenings in term 3 by Knox Audiology
- Multicultural and community projects and discussions
- An end-of-year graduation ceremony
& Special Events
4 Y.O Kinder Program