Our Programs

Our early learning programs

At Cradle to Crayons, we understand how crucial play-based programs are to children’s development both socially and academically. As such, all of our educators are fully trained and plan their lessons based on the latest research.

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:

Moving Smart

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.

Aerial Arts/Dancing
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
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.

Abecedarian Approach

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.

Enriched Caregiving
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.

Conversational Reading
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.

Learning Games
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.

Kindy Program

Our qualified early childhood teacher has implemented a Queensland Government approved education program for kindergarten students. Through a play-based curriculum with regular excursions and incursions, we can maximise learning before they enter primary school for an easier transition to the next stage of their school life.

Reconciliation Action Plan

At our Bundaberg early learning centre, we have implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan to include the history and culture of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children into our curriculum. Through the Narragunnawali online platform and the Early Years Learning Framework, we have access to resources to help our educators foster a higher level of knowledge and pride for Indigenous traditions.

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.