Kindergarten

At the Whitsunday Anglican School Kindergarten, we value parent and community involvement. We believe that children learn best in environments where there are supportive relationships amongst all partners in the learning community.

We are committed to providing the best possible program and education for each individual and believe that all children develop in unique and different ways. As a result, we follow a routine that is flexible and is subject to change as we strive to respond to the children’s needs and respond to their interests.

The Whitsunday Anglican School Kindergarten understands the importance of play as it provides the children with opportunities for success. Children who experience success are more likely to not only want to repeat the experience, but to take on more challenges. Play encourages children to explore their environment, make discoveries, and to consolidate their learning through hands on experience. It is valuable in teaching children how to relate to their peers in a social setting as they learn the skills of sharing, waiting, cooperating and listening to others.

Literacy and numeracy at kindergarten

Literacy and numeracy are integrated in our curriculum through play, stories, songs, games and general discussion at mat time. Children are also introduced to technology through using classroom computers and playing with programmable floor robots called ‘Bee Bots’.

Our pedagogy is embedded in the belief that we build the future with those who learn to imagine it here.

The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines

The guidelines describes a set of five learning and developmental areas that relate to the five broad learning outcomes identified in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

  • Identity
  • Connectedness
  • Wellbeing
  • Active learning
  • Communicating

Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines

The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines is the basis of our program and aims to enrich children’s learning in kindergarten. The guidelines are based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and embraces the inclusive vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life” (EYLF, 2009).

Throughout kindergarten, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions. The guidelines acknowledge children as competent and capable learners, and the significant role adults play in optimising and enhancing children’s living and learning experiences.

Adults and children share responsibility for the learning process through interaction, negotiation and collaboration. International studies have proven that children learn and thrive in a warm, caring play based environment that includes parents in the learning process. We believe that children do not learn in isolation, it is a collaborative process. The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines acknowledge the important role adults (educators and parents), other children, and the physical environment play in children’s learning.

You Can Do It! Early Childhood Program

This program teaches children a number of different skills they need to know to be successful and happy throughout life. There are five foundations that young children need:

  • confidence
  • persistence
  • organisation
  • getting along
  • emotional resilience.

Although these words may seem very grown up for our kindergarten children, the You Can Do It Early Childhood Program introduces each foundation at their level using character puppets, songs, stories and group discussions.

Perceptual Motor Program

This program focuses on helping children to develop their perceptual motor skills such as body image, balance, spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, laterality, directionality and form discrimination through a variety of movement activities. The program runs in Term 3 and requires parental assistance.

Kindergarten attendance and hours of operation

The program operates from 8.15 am to 3.00 pm with a maximum of 22 children (3-5 years of age) in the five day fortnight and five day week groups.

  • Group A: (Week 1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; (Week 2) Monday, Tuesday
  • Group B: (Week 1) Thursday, Friday; (Week 2) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Group C: Monday–Friday on a weekly basis (there are limited numbers for this group)

The available days of operation are in accordance with the days set down by the Whitsunday Anglican School. Please be aware that kindergarten does not operate during school holidays, student free days or public holidays.

Arrivals and departures

Each child’s attendance is noted through the marking of the class roll each morning. The teacher ensures that each child goes home with a parent or authorised person as stated on the Kindergarten Enrolment Record.

Please advise the teacher if another adult is collecting your child. If they are not authorised, you will need to fill out an Additional Child Collection Authorisation Form and then this person must sign the attendance book when your child is collected.

Before and After Kindergarten Care

Before and After Kindergarten Care (BAKC) is a service run to extend the normal kindergarten hours and is complementary to the program. It is licensed and governed by the same national laws, regulations and kindergarten philosophy and policies. This service may be used on either a permanent or casual basis for any day your child attends the kindergarten.

Parents are encouraged to use the service should they be unable to collect their child according to usual arrangements. Where possible, parents should speak to the staff in advance and prepare their child or contact the Junior School Office on 07 4969 2038. Children not collected at 3.00 pm will be signed into After Kindergarten Care.

Hours of operation

  • Before Kindergarten Care: Monday to Friday, 7.30 am to 8.15 am
  • After Kindergarten Care: Monday to Friday, 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Fees

  • Before kindergarten care: $10.00/hour
  • After kindergarten care: $25.00/for the session (3.00 pm to 3.30 pm $10.00)

Arrivals and departures

When utilising the before kindergarten program, parents must sign their child in on arrival into the sign-in folder located in the front foyer area.

When picking their child up in the afternoon from the After Kindergarten Care program parents must sign their child out. This is a legal requirement and the sign-in sheets are used by the school for billing purposes.

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