Our Program for children aged 3-5 focuses on kindergarten readiness:
Literacy, numeracy, independence, learning dispositions and beyond.Fernie Childcare Society is more than just a place where children receive care. The staff are all trained and qualified Early Childhood Educators with specialist knowledge on the best ways to care for children, engage them in the program and help them to learn and experience the world! Teachers also regularly attend professional development seminars and courses to keep themselves inspired, fresh and up to date with current research and teaching techniques.
We have a fantastic program that is current and based on the interests of the children. Each month a plan is released which lets parents know about our focus in the centre for the next month. Within our planning we spend time learning about the focus through stories, discussion, research and songs at circle time, as well as special outings in the community. We also schedule in time for art, science, language, literacy, numeracy, guest speakers/helpers, outdoor play and fun activities. We want you to know what your children are learning about so that you feel involved with that learning and you can talk about it at home too :) We have an open door policy so we want parents and family to feel comfortable that they can make suggestions, give us ideas or help out with our program wherever they have the interest!
But I hear you asking- "All of this is well and good- but what does it have to do with getting my child ready for school!?"
We believe that school readiness is shown in a number of ways, all of which we work on here:
- Developing dispositions such as:
- Confidence, courage and curiosity- a sense of taking an interest in the program and a belonging within the centre.
- Trust and playfulness- being involved within the program and a feeling of well-being within the centre, being able to have a silly joke with the teachers or their friends.
- Persisting with difficulty and challenge.
- Communication- the confidence to express an idea, feeling or point of view (to adults or other children).
- Contribution- taking responsibility for their actions, justice and fairness and to understand the point of view of others.
- Independence- being able to separate from family (at times for long periods- up to a full school day).
- Being able to perform everyday tasks on their own:
- Use the bathroom.
- Put on their own jacket, mitts, hat etc.
- Get their own lunch kit from the fridge and open their own lunch containers/ packages.
- Walk 10-12 blocks.
- Hold a pen, pencil or paintbrush.
- Use scissors.
- Identify their own name and begin to reproduce it.
- Join in circle time:
- Sit appropriately
- Engage in activities.
- Raise hands, wait their turn to talk.
- Follow instructions for games or new projects.
- Learn through repeating- songs, poems, rhymes, dances.
- Take turns with activities etc.
- Being able to recognize different letters, make the sounds, and eventually form the shape on paper.
- Being able to recognize different numbers and eventually form the shape on paper.
- Be able to regulate their own mild emotions- anger, happiness, stress, frustration etc and have some strategies to use when they become heightened (even as an adult it is tricky to do these things sometimes!).
- Make friends in a group situation.