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Friends’ Early Years uses The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, Belonging, Being & Becoming, (in text link?) from birth to five years and through the transition to school.
In the Outside School Hours program we use the Framework for School Age Care in Australia, My Time, Our Place (in text link?).
The planning and assessment of children’s learning is an ongoing process, which we document in Planning Cycle Books. These books are located near the sign-in I-Pods in each of our rooms and are available for families to peruse at any time. The books include our insights into children’s learning, our evaluations of our learning programs, our planning for what will come next and our ongoing ‘wonderings’ and learning enquiries.
At the end of each planning cycle, our Educators complete a summary of each child’s learning, which is then provided to that child’s family. This summary serves to illustrate the ways in which each child has progressed towards the learning outcome or outcomes that formed the focus for that particular planning cycle.
At the end of the year, each family receives an end of year learning summary that highlights their child’s progress across each of the five outcomes detailed in the Learning Frameworks.
For the younger children in our Green Room, Friends’ Early Years operates a Primary Care Giving System for each child during their initial orientation period. The system aims to ensure that each child is allocated one or two educators who take personal responsibility for that child’s overall wellbeing while the child orientates into their new surroundings. The Primary Caregiving System helps to reduce stress for both the child and their parents and promotes the establishment of trusting and secure relationships from the start of each child’s early learning journey. The Primary Caregiving System is progressively ‘relaxed’ as the child becomes more confident, ensuring that each child develops strong attachments with all of the educators in their room.
At Friends’ Early Years we create an engaging ‘learning landscape’, utilizing all areas of our centre and broader school community to inspire children to engage in play and learning. Children are free to play and explore inside and outside throughout the day. Our educators encourage periods of physical activity and provide opportunities for quieter moments. Our outdoor environment features a dedicated physical education area, allowing children to develop important physical skills, including balance, spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination. Sand and water play activities are provided and a large sustainability area provides children with the opportunity to plant, grow and eat their own fruit and vegetables.
Friends’ Early Years routinely invites external educators, musicians and performers to attend our centre and to run activities within our rooms. We host our grade 6 leaders from Morris – Friends’ Primary Years and our older children also attend library classes and undertake excursions.