Family Grouping Model
The model of mixed-age grouping has many proven benefits for children and is why we have adopted this approach at Pelican's Nest. Mixed-age grouping has great potential to support children’s social and emotional learning. This model gives children opportunities to be part of a diverse group and, with educator support, become tolerant of others. This model also encourages independence as children are able to make decisions as to where and who they will play with. They also have the choice to play outside and move between outside spaces and the playroom.
Our program focuses on child-led interests and abilities. Building on relationships formed throughout the year with educators, we encourage the children to gain independence and confidence in new situations. Focusing on all developmental areas, we begin to see the children emerging with strong social skills, introduce early literacy and numeracy concepts and engage in creative experiences.
The activities we plan are developmentally appropriate and goals are set for us to work towards throughout the year. We love to role-play in our room and are always looking for new ways to connect us to our community and the world around us. We work together to set up engaging environments that allow the children to independently acquire knowledge, skills and disposition.
We work together with parents to ensure a strong connection between the home and Centre environments for the children to feel safe and secure while away from their families.
We work to continually extend our interests through play-based learning. We work collaboratively with families to promote holistic learning for our children and as a result, build confident and capable individuals.
We encourage independence through enabling and encouraging the children to take part in the routines of the room, collaborating with their peers for further learning and allowing them the space to explore their interests. Our weekly library visits to Caloundra City Private School encourage a sense of community within the School and allow us to take part in rich early literacy experiences. We are strongly influenced by the Nature Play theory and we often venture out into the School’s Permaculture Garden and the surrounding nature reserve to allow the children hands on experiences.
Our Kindergarten program utilises a strengths-based approach in a play-based environment to support and extend children’s early learning. We engage in and observe the children’s interests, abilities, beliefs and understandings that they bring with them from their home lives. This supports the development of the program, planning activities that the children will enjoy and engage with, while also providing challenging experiences to extend their knowledge and skills. Our curriculum is based on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines, with a focus on the social/emotional, cognitive, physical and language developmental domains.
A typical day in Kindergarten consists of child initiated play activities and engagement with learning areas that promote skill development. We provide numeracy and literacy resources that interest the children and specific learning areas for collage, construction, painting and drawing, science and nature, tinkering and carpentry and dramatic play. Kindergarten is a place for us to come together as a family, feeling a sense of belonging and security, as we grow emotionally, socially and intellectually together.