Skills and attitudes developed in the very early childhood years form the basis for life-long learning. At Choklits, we are committed to providing a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which our children will experience expert care and attention appropriate to their age and stage of learning. Independence, initiative, motivation, perseverance, confidence, co-operation and good self-image are all encouraged. Developmentally based programs encourage children to become active learners and communicators, realising their potential as an individual and member of a group as they mature and discover the world around them through a combination of creative free-play, structured activities and social interaction. Indoor and outdoor activities are balanced throughout the day to further encourage skills development in cognitive, social, emotional, gross and fine motor areas. Children are actively encouraged to participate in their own learning through a vast array of educational activities that promote a love of learning. Carefully chosen individual and group activities introduce children to mathematics, the language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, science, studies of society and environment, technology and the Arts. The aim in the early years is to establish a firm foundation of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary for further learning. Of the utmost importance is to ‘spark the fire’ for a love of life-long learning.
Knowing where and with whom you belong is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become. There a two curriculum frameworks we use at Choklits to support and guide our practice and philosophy. The frameworks are the Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
The VEYLDF retains and strengthens the three elements: the Practice Principles, Learning and Development Outcomes, and Transitions, and foregrounds four important areas of practice.
- Acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture
- The birth to three period as crucial for mental health, wellbeing and long term success
- Responding to children and families experiencing vulnerability
- Building respectful and responsive relationships
The Early Years Learning Framework
The EYLF provides all professionals working with children a common early childhood language. Fundamental to the EYLF is a view of children’s lives as characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming.
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
The Frameworks and Choklits
Both frameworks described above are minimum required educational standards. Each individual centre implements these standards in different ways which can vary vastly. These differences should form part of your decision making process when choosing early education.
Choklits enhances both frameworks through its extensive curriculum support and additional inclusions like regular incursions and excursions including a weekly sports program, music and movement classes and yoga tuition for everyone, plus library excursions and language classes for our kindergarten children along with a portfolio of all your child’s work which they complete throughout the year.
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