Our early learning programs
We offer a wide range of activities tailored to develop language, cognitive, social-emotional and physical skills. We also have a Reconciliation Action Plan in place to promote pride and knowledge of the culture, histories and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Have a look at our programs:
Children’s first movements don’t just lay the foundation for more advanced physical capabilities, they also play a role in building the brain. The Moving Smart Program founded by Gill Connell allows us to explore the impact simple movements can make on your child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. Our educators are fully trained in Moving Smart’s courses and we offer a host of indoor and outdoor activities designed to get your child moving and learning.
Our 14,500m2 nature block serves as both playground and classroom allowing our educators to turn outdoor play into a fun opportunity to learn and practice new skills. We also have a range of toys and equipment that promote movement throughout the day, from babies through to kindy.
As a part of our Moving Smart program, our educators provide regular dancing and aerial arts sessions. Through these classes, your child will:
- Gain a sense of space
- Improve their balance
- Develop strength and coordination
- Build physical control of their body
- Cultivate an appreciation for the arts
- Enhance their social and communication skills
Rhee Taekwondo is a nationwide fitness program taught to children as young as 3 years old. As a non-competitive martial art, the class focuses on teaching children:
- Focus and concentration
- Coordination and balance
- Self-defence and discipline
- Memory and mental training
These classes are taught by a qualified instructor in a fun, safe and controlled environment. As well as promoting physical activity, Rhee Taekwondo also helps children improve confidence and self-esteem, increase concentration and think independently.
The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) is an evidence-based set of teaching and learning strategies, developed by Prof. Joseph Sparling and Prof. Craig Ramey. This approach promotes the development of secure attachment bonds between parents and children and supports the development of cognitive, socio-emotional, motor and communication skills. Together these provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning and engaged participation in both community and school life.
There are 4 simple, yet powerful elements within the Abecedarian Approach:
Language as a Priority
We strive to make every experience an opportunity for talking, listening and language learning.
We incorporate talking, singing, rhyming, asking questions and interacting in other fun ways with your child during mealtimes, nappy changes, toileting, bath-time, nap-time and many other routine times of the day.
Through individual and pair reading, picture exploration and storytelling we assist children in the development of joint attention, turn-taking, receptive language and expressive language skills.
We engage in play with a purpose using roughly 200 fun games that can be played anywhere, anytime.
For more information about Abecedarian Approach Australia and a free online copy of the Language Priority, Enriched Caregiving, Conversational Reading, and Learning Games Family Booklets, please visit the University of Melbourne 3a website.
Reconciliation Action Plan
We plan fun and engaging activities that help build a sense of belonging and community in young Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Our educators ensure that all lessons are taught respectfully and inclusively.