Foster Kindergarten

2016
4 Year Old: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (9am-2pm)

2017:
4 Year Old: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (9am-2pm)

The Foster 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program takes place in the Koala Room of Prom Coast Centres for Children in Foster.

Before / After Kinder Care is available and on non Kinder days a 3to5 Education and Care Program is offered.

At Foster Kindergarten we promote an emergent co-constructed curriculum, which arises naturally from adult-child interactions and situations that allow for intentional and incidental teaching.

We connect learning with experience and prior learning.

We include and respond to children interests rather than focusing only on a narrow, individual, or calendar driven topic.

We promote a play based and process, (rather than product) driven curriculum which typically evolves after an idea emerges from the group of children.

The power to impact curriculum decisions and directions means that sometimes curriculum is also negotiated, between what interests’ children and what adults know is necessary for children’s education and development.

We encourage the children who attend our Kindergarten to express what is socially relevant, intellectually engaging, and personally meaningful to them, freely and creatively.

We encourage families to be part of our program, and welcome your input. We acknowledge parents as children’s first and most important educator.

Philosophy

 The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) affirms that every child has the right to an identity.

  • We recognise children continue to develop a sense of self through their relationships with others.
  • We promote belong which encourages children to feel secure and comfortable within our program.  This builds confidence and self-esteem and forges relationships.
  • We believe relationships underpin children’s learning and development.  Positive, warm interactions among educators and children promote best outcomes for children.
  • We recognise the importance of being, this is a child’s right to be a child and experience the joy of childhood.   Play is this joy – the opportunity to relish the moment, to imagine, interact and engage with the world.
  • We believe play experiences are the foundation for future success; they enhance children’s development enabling them to become competent and confident and resilient.
  • We believe in fostering free thinking and creative minds.
  • We believe it is our responsibility as educators to be actively involved in children’s play, to be deliberate, purposeful and reflective to extend children’s knowledge and development.
  • We believe in the development of the whole child and cater for the needs, interests and differences of children, educators, families and our community.
  • We acknowledge the growth and development that happens in childhood and the importance of nurturing each child’s wellbeing and learning.
  • We believe in the critical role of working with families for the development and growth of each child.