"In addition to the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework (VEYLF), the standard curriculum which every government-funded Early Learning Centre must follow, Choklits does things big, really big! Our curriculum is truly inclusive and designed to give every child the best possible start in life. We promote agency, independence and interdependence through interactions, experiences, routines and events, planned and unplanned. We believe Learning is Everywhere and our focus is on learning through play. Our Educators extensive knowledge of the framework allows us to prepare meaningful and engaging programs based on children's development and individual interests.” - Jodi McVea, Choklits Educational Leader
It is within these nurturing and stimulating environments, our highly qualified educators implement the Choklits curriculum; an educational framework which is led by the interest of the child to build knowledge and critical thinking. This high quality educational program encompasses literacy, numeracy, science, art, music, and language and is under-pinned by a focus on social and emotional development. This contemporary approach to learning sets the platform for successful transition to school and successful life-long learning.
Choklits follows the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework (VEYLF) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), please click here for further Choklits specific information.
Choklits is most often described as “homely”. We have a humongous backyard and believe in large amounts of outdoor play. When you visit Choklits you’ll hear constant laughter, children singing, playing and busy at work. Over lunch, you’ll smell the home cooking and hear young voices cooperating and planning, discussing and sharing.
We have a real passion for the outdoors at Choklits, so it’s probably no surprise that we also love sport. Aside from the obvious fun, sports plays a key role in children’s developmental areas including; gross and fine motor skills, teamwork and cooperation, social interaction, listening and concentration. Children can also develop greater self-confidence through sport, enhance their self-esteem, develop a sense of achievement and shape their overall well being. Our physical education program is facilitated by specialist teachers.
Music and movement are an integral part of each room’s program on a daily basis. The benefits of being involved in music is to help children familiarise themselves with instruments, different forms of music, dance and songs as well as group participation and interaction. Movement develops gross motor skills, coordination and cognitive skills. Additionally, we offer a complimentary weekly music incursion run by specialist music teachers.
The introduction of yoga at an early age helps children to develop healthy lifestyle practices and gives them several techniques to help them navigate life challenges. In early stages, yoga is the study and practice of the connection between mind and body. Simple techniques like learning to use deep tummy breathing in times of frustration introduces children to tools and ideas to help them stay calm and focused. Our yoga sessions are facilitated by specialist teachers each week.
Reading and language form the basis for lifelong learning. Each week our kindergarten class leaves the Choklits grounds and heads to the library where they return, browse, read and borrow books. Getting out into the community helps children begin to understand their place in the world and how to interact with others. As the telling and sharing of stories is one of the most effective ways children learn, our library visits are much loved by the children, often stoking their imaginations and enhancing their storytelling skills. Our kindergarten class is currently learning Chinese via the language program called ELLA, an Australian Government initiative that inspires children by driving a genuine interest in new language and culture.
We facilitate many incursions and excursions each year to ensure we incorporate knowledge from well beyond the Choklits grounds. In the past that has included; animal experts, drama and dancing, indigenous awareness, an animal farm visit, dentist visit, photographer visit, road safety awareness, pet awareness, water safety awareness and a visit from Father Christmas. We also hold an annual Christmas concert and BBQ for our entire Community to attend. Each week our kindergarten class goes off site for a library visit and we often travel by public bus to visit our friends at Estia Health in Ringwood. To see exactly what we get up too, watch this video from a recent excursion.
Choklits is an all inclusive centre so there is never anything extra to pay to attend. Our fees include all meals, nappies and consumables. We like everyone to feel at home here from day one so when each child starts they receive a welcome pack including a Choklits t-shirt, a copy of our Chef Helen’s cookbook and a sun hat. We also provide bedding for the children who require it and have spare clothing for short-term loan.
Choklits has a funded four-year-old kindergarten program run by Elena Ermakova who holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Our Kindergarten programs are the same as council run Kindergartens and private schools. The difference is we operate from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, are open 52 weeks of the year including all school holidays and cater for all family and work situations.
We opened our brand new Kindergarten Room in June, 2018.