Kinder at Brenbeal

We often have parents ask what the kinder program at Brenbeal is like. Our Kinder teachers Anglea and Linda put together the below reply.

What will your child learn at kinder? Everything! Children learn more in the early years than they will at any other time in their life. We believe strongly in a PLAY-BASED CURRICULUM. Children this age learn through play; we do not teach them to read and write, but we prepare them for that more formal teaching that will take place at school.  We encourage the children to choose their own activities, make decisions for themselves, follow their interests, explore and interact with others. Most activities are open-ended and flexible, so children can learn as they build and create. Our aim is for children to be confident and skilled in directing their own learning, making friends and asking for help from adults when they need it.

Throughout the year, we try to develop the skills your child will need to cope at school. Some of our priorities for the year are:

  • Learning to cope with being away from home and family. Once children trust their educators, they will thrive.
  • Independence in managing clothing and belongings, seeking help when needed, playing with other children, asserting themselves and resolving disputes.
  • Learning to be part of a large group, respecting other children and following routines and rules.
  • Social skills like sharing, waiting and taking turns
  • Concentration and persistence so children can focus on and complete activities
  • Problem-solving and thinking for themselves, rather than always following adult ideas.

 

A big priority of our kindergarten program is to teach young children to value and support the local community. In 2018 we approached some local community organisations to make connections with them. Now we have the following programs in place:

  1. Intergenerational program – the Kinder children visit the local Doutta Galla Aged Care nursing home every fortnight to make friends and play with the elderly.
  2. “Know Your Neighbour Project” with Footscray Hospital – we approached the hospital with an offer to set up a free community library in their waiting areas, using books donated by our families. This led us to a partnership with Footscray City College, who built the library shelves for this project. We have also taken small groups of children to meet some doctors and learn about their work.
  3. Planting together – a group of high school students from Footscray City College visited our kinder to do gardening with the children. They will continue to come and maintain the garden. The newly complete planter boxes were donated and made by Bunnings, Braybrook Men’s Shed and Newport Premix, which are all local organisations.

 

If you would like to learn more, please contact us by telephone, or register with the council to ensure you are on our waiting list.

 




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