OUR LEARNING JOURNEYS

At Chatterbox we understand that children are successful, competent and capable learners who have a right to make choices and decisions to influence their world. You can also view our curriculum here.

Nursery: 0 - 2 Years Old

At Chatterbox, your baby will be involved in many experiences to assist them to use their skills and develop new ones, while learning about the world around them.

At this stage it is very important for your child to have nurturing relationships with their educators so they feel safe and secure while away from the home environment. Our Educators use every opportunity through- out the day to establish these bonds and build strong nurturing relationships with your child.

In the Nursery your child will be involved in one-to-one experience with the educators such as talking, look- ing and smiling, sharing books and play materials, singing songs, finger plays and peek-a-boo. There are also opportunities for your child to interact with peers in small group activities. We focus on sensory experiences with our babies in recognition of the valuable learning experience this offers. Your child will have opportuni- ties to touch, feel, hear, taste and see a variety of materials to enhance their imagination and curiosity.

There are also many opportunities for your child to expand on their physical skills such as grasping, reaching, holding and exploring objects, as well as having adequate space to practice rolling, crawling, pulling up to stand and walking.

Early Learning

“Belonging, Being and Becoming”

As part of the best practice approach that you can expect at Chatterbox, our Educators develop programs in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF is Australia’s national early childhood curriculum for children from birth to five years and through the transi- tion to school, and it assists our Educators in planning, implementing and evaluating quality early learning programs for the children in our care.

When programming for your child, our educator’s investigate the 5 Learning Outcomes within the EYLF:

  • 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

Toddlers: 2 - 3 Years Old

As your child moves from the Nursery into the older groups the emphasis is still on develop- ing positive relationships to assist your child to build their self-esteem and confidence.

Your child is now gaining a deeper understanding of the world and is supported by the educators to exer- cise independence and self-help skills when they are ready. The educators use all routine times of wash- ing hands, nappy changing/toileting, dressing and eating to interact with your child on a one to one level, guiding and responding to your child’s needs.

Your child is now beginning to develop an interest in others and often needs support and reassurance from educators to be able to interact and play with their peers positively. Your child will be supported by the educators to develop skills required for self-control, sensitivity and empathy.

Communication skills are valued and encouraged and your child will be given many opportunities throughout the day to develop language through the use of songs, rhymes, finger plays, sharing books and stories as well as conversations and discussions. Both planned and spontaneous experiences are of- fered where your child’s interests, needs and abilities are taken into account. The experiences provided to your child will foster curiosity, imagination and invite them to explore and investigate their surroundings.

Kindergarten

The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guide (QKLG) aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten year, which is the year before the transition school.

The Guideline states that “throughout the Kindergarten Year, children’s right to experience the joy of childhood is fundamental and learning is promoted through play, and emergent and planned learning experiences and interactions.”

The QKLG outlines 5 areas of children’s learning and development:

  1. Identity
  2. Connectedness
  3. Wellbeing
  4. Active Learning
  5. Communicating

Kindergarten: 3 - 5 Years Old

Experiences offered in the early years form the basis for development, learning and wellbeing for your child for the rest of their life. In these age groups your child will continue to be offered a safe and secure environment with respectful relationships.

Your child’s thoughts and contributions to the group are valued, providing a sense of belonging and in turn enhancing their self-esteem and confidence as an individual.

Our 3–5’s program places a strong focus on meaningful and respectful conversations and interactions by children with both peers and educators. This further develops language skills and deepens understandings of your child’s current knowledge as well as challenge further thinking. There are many opportunities for play experiences in which children will learn and develop.

Planned and spontaneous experiences across all areas of development, including numeracy and literacy will challenge the children’s curiosity, problem solving skills and promote exploration and investigation. Through- out these activities, your child will learn from other children and educators while appreciating these contri- butions and the joy of working collaboratively. Your child will be exposed to a variety of learning materials, equipment and resources which will be used in many different ways to support and stimulate creativity and imagination.

Independence is supported and encouraged – toileting, hand washing, eating, dressing, caring for belong- ings are all important self-help skills and opportunities are provided to practise and develop these. Your child will also be encouraged to take on an active role in managing their own behaviour and to value and show care for others in the group.

Indoor Learning

Chatterbox has an interest based curriculum where the learning is focused around what the children are interested in.

We feel that this is the most positive and fun approach to learning for children as they develop their knowledge and skills through play. Each child at Chatterbox is given the opportunity while indoors to be immersed in many experiences of their choice. Our Indoor spaces for each age group are made up of “Learning Spaces” such as:

Book Corner, where children are able to explore literacy by engaging in a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.

Dramatic Play Area, where children engage socially in imaginative play with both peers and Educators, developing an understanding of their world as they see it.

Construction Area, allows the children to have access to construction and manipulative equipment and have opportunities for both individual and group play experiences.

Creative Area, where children have freedom to use their imagination and explore and express their ideas through a variety of both natural and man-made materials.

Meal Area, where children come together as groups to eat and interact over a meal. Some meal times can be progressive which gives the children the opportunity to finish their current experiences or activities.

Music and Movement Area, used by children to dance and move imaginatively. It is also used by the group to relax to music and sing along to rhymes and jingles.

Outdoor Learning

The outdoor environment is an area that stimulates and encourages children’s learning in a variety of ways.

Chatterbox has thoughtfully designed each outdoor space to ensure the children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them and learn about the natural environment and all that it has to offer. The children delight in investigating the sand, mud and dirt as well as utalising the natural materials within the playground to create their own imaginary scenes of fun and adventure.

Playing outdoors is wonderful exercise for a child that promotes well-being and wholesome physical development. Children are naturally drawn to active play and it is vital for all children’s development, allows them to explore their environment, and develops muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Experiences which are offered indoors can also utilised outside. For example, creating spaces which allow for relaxation, dramatic play, music, construction and creativity.

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