Child Progress & Developmental Books

When your child is enrolled in the Benowa Early Learning Centre we begin a record of their activities and responses to planned experiences as well as spontaneous jottings on their general behaviour during each kindy day. This record evolves into a small booklet, which travels with your child as he/she passes through the centre and eventually provides you with an interesting and informative progressive record of their development at the Benowa Early Learning Centre.

Our Program

At the Benowa Early Learning Centre we are committed to providing individual developmental programs which highlight the care, education, interest and health of young children.  Our program incorporates the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (2010), emergent curriculum, interest based programming style and Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework (2009).

Our children learn in an environment of warmth, encouragement, respect for and consideration of others.

We believe that children learn through play: we believe it is the experience the child has whilst engaging in play that is the important factor in promoting development.  The product of these learning experiences is of secondary importance; it is the process, not the product, that provides the learning.  In our programs the equipment is a tool to enable the child to explore the process.

In each program you will find that there is a predictable routine to the day which provides the children with a sense of security.  You will also find that certain materials are always available for children to choose i.e. paints, blocks, books and equipment for imaginative play.  In addition to these set materials of the day, there are intentional teaching experiences planned to challenge and stimulate your child in becoming an effective learner.  Although what is offered in equipment is the same or very similar across groups, what the children do with it is changing as they develop and acquire new knowledge and skills.

As early childhood professionals, the educators implement programs which provide a rich and integrated range of experiences that enhance the children’s learning and development.  These experiences cover the following outcomes and development areas:

 

EYLF Outcomes

QKLG Learning and Development Areas

Children have a strong sense of identity

Identity

Children are connected with and contribute to their world

Connectedness

Children have a strong sense of well being

Well Being

Children are confident and involved learners

Active Learning

Children are effective communicators

Communicating

 

The educator’s role is to observe what happens and guide the children’s learning through their play by demonstrating appropriate ways of doing things and by offering suggestions to extend their ideas.  It is also to provide time and opportunities for the children to process information and to practice newly acquired skills. The educators encourage the children to see themselves as successful learners and to empower them through positive guidance techniques to accept responsibility for their own actions.

The growth and development of each child is watched with care in our Centre.  Guidance and support provided through our programming attempts to foster the total development of the child.  Regular group meetings are held to discuss the program, and/or the observations of your children carried out by the staff.  The reason for the daily observation is to ensure that the staff are providing activities that are appropriate to the development level of your child, and catering for your child’s interest.

Our main aim is to guide your child in becoming an effective learner and to assist them in developing all skills necessary for success now and in the future.

We encourage and accept children from all different races, genders and those with additional needs. We follow a non-discrimatory policy of acceptance into the centre.

Cultural Inclusion

The Benowa Early learning Centre is committed to recognizing and respecting the wide variety of cultures, which make up our society.  Cultural awareness and respect is an important part of the centre program.  We strive to create a program that truly reflects the lives of our children, families, staff and community.  The centre utilizes resources from Noah’s Ark, the Inclusion support agency and PSCQ.