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PROGRAMS & ENVIRONMENTS

At Morphett Vale Childcare Centre we believe that children learn through play.

Learning Environments

Our Rooms

Creating a loving and happy atmosphere for your child.

We believe your child’s experience whilst engaging in play is the important factor in promoting development. It is the process of these experiences, not the outcomes, that provides the learning. In our programs the equipment is a tool to enable your child to explore the process.

As early childhood professionals, the educators implement programs that provide a rich and integrated range of experiences that enhance your child’s learning and development.

Age Groups:

Nursery                    6 weeks – 18 months
Junior Toddler          15 months – 2 years
Toddler                     2 years – 3 years
Pre-Kindy                 3 years – 4 years
Kindy                       4 years – 5 years

Nursery

The Nursery caters for children ages 6 weeks to approximately 18 months. In this room, the dedicated team of educators meet the needs of each individual child’s routine, working closely with families to ensure that consistency is maintained.

This means your precious child can sleep, eat, and have their bottles at the same time they would if they were at home. Many developmental milestones are conquered whilst in this room, including sitting up, crawling, walking, beginning to babble and communicate, building secure attachments with others, and developing a keen sense of curiosity and awareness of the world around them.

The program ensures that each day every child is offered a range of experiences appropriate to their needs and interests.

Junior Toddler

Children begin in the Junior Toddler room between 15 – 18 months of age and continue until they turn 2. Once your child is self-feeding and taking one nap during the day they are ready to enter this room.

The educators in the Junior Toddler room make it their priority to get to know each child, including their likes and dislikes, habits, and workings so to create a program that truly benefits them.

Whilst in this room the children begin to move from solitary play to a more social play, and routines are an important part of this. The day is flexible, yet clearly organised, in a way that balances play, rest, and intentional teaching times.

The environment invites all forms of play, and encourages children to explore and master skills at their own pace.

Toddler

The Toddler room is designed for children aged 2-3 years old and the program begins to introduce new levels of independence with a strong focus on supporting them as they develop their language, independence and social skills.

Planned experiences are designed to engage toddlers in play experiences and are either individualised or planned for very small groups of children, and are highly flexible to allow the children to engage in the experience in ways that best suit their interests and abilities.

As educators, our primary goal is to guide the children by example, role modelling and helping the toddlers to express themselves and emotions appropriately.

Pre-Kindy

The Pre-Kindy room caters for children aged 3 to 4 years old. This is the next big step in development, with the program focusing strongly on practical life skills, for example putting belongings away, putting jackets and shoes on and off successfully, following multifaceted instructions, developing emotional intelligence, and learning self-regulation strategies.

The Pre-Kindy room uses an emergent program to provide for the needs of the individual children within the room. An emergent program involves educators planning activities and enquiry projects based on the specific children they are working with, considering their needs, interests and skills.

To be successful our educators thoughtfully plan the environment, offering many visible choices based on the children’s interests and needs at that time. Through observations the educators plan, reflect and provide for each child through their play throughout the day.

Kindy

The Kindy room is designed for children from the age of 4 until they go to school. In line with the centre philosophy, the Kindy program focuses on learning through play. The skilled educators do an amazing job of scaffolding children’s play, modelling and intentionally teaching throughout the day.

Like the Pre-Kindy room, the Kindy educators follow an emergent program. Using an emergent program allows the children’s interests to be at the centre of learning experiences, taking advantage of every moment.

Enquiry projects are the vessel of the emergent program, and may start from a child’s personal interest or wondering, from a comment heard or question posed by an educator, or may spontaneously arise from an observation. Some enquiries may be short and only last a few moments, others may evolve and become ongoing investigations that stimulate deeper levels of thinking and understanding.

Through the enquiry projects a strong focus is also placed on developing the skills needed to succeed in the first year of school. Letter and number recognition, early literacy, numeracy and scientific concepts, and practical life skills are embedded within the program, facilitating the development of confident, independent and proud children.