Our Program

Children need time and personal space in which to grow.  They need time to be themselves, to stand and watch and to repeat again what they have already done.  In short, they need time to live in their own childhood.  At Kindy we try to offer children rich and appropriate learning opportunities combined with enough time to enjoy and experience these opportunities to the full.  With this in mind, we have to establish a program at Kindy that is basically orderly and workable but flexible.

The daily pace at Kindy is relaxed, allowing many opportunities for teachers and children to relate.  At group times the children are divided into classes of 20 children.  In these groups they have music, language, lunch and quiet times.  These smaller groups help to facilitate each child’s conversation skills and ability to participate.

There are daily routines planned to provide alternative quiet or active play.  Both indoor and outdoor free play periods are very busy.

Between the routines many interesting events take place.  These are planned with individual and group goals in mind.  Each day they include: some activity that is creative, another that is messy, something that is different or new, something that requires the children to think on a deeper level, some activities to foster motor development and many chances to experience books, pictures, poetry and listen and be listened to.  Within these activities are situations that the staff “pick up” and use spontaneously to develop social awareness and emotional strengths in the children.

What we term as “Free Play” are two generous blocks of time during the morning and the middle of the day, where materials and equipment are set out and the children take the responsibility of selecting for themselves what they would like to do.  During these times, the staff move about the room, talking with children and extending their language, helping them, sharing experiences and interacting.  The other parts of the day focus on teacher/child initiated experiences where the children interact and work in their focus groups of 20.

Concord Kindergarten has 40 children a day, split into 2 groups of 20.

 

The Monday to Wednesday groups are:               

:

The Echidnas      and the Wombats    


The Thursday to Friday groups are:

The Koalas        and the Wallabies    

 

 

 

Daily Routine

 

 

 

 

 

Time

Activity

9:00 am

9:15 am

Kindergarten opens

Outside Activities/ Indoor activities

10:00 am

10:30 am

Morning tea

Pack away

First Group time

11:00 am

Inside Activities/Outside activities

12:30 pm

12:45 pm

Pack away

Second Group time

1:30 pm

Toilet and wash hands Lunch

2:00 pm

Quiet Time. Children relax on

large cushions, read and

listen to quiet music

2:15 pm

Quiet time finishes

Individual / Group Activities

2:40 pm

Pack away

2:45 pm

Children’s home time

 

 

 

This is only a very general sample of the day and there are many times that this routine differs.  This could be because children are engrossed in a project or weather situations.