At First Steps Early Learning, our programs recognise that every child learns and develops at their own pace and we value each child’s individual needs, interests and diversity. We offer a range of experiences to complement a variety of learning styles and aim to help children become confident and involved learners.
The curriculum is delivered via a comprehensive early childhood programming, documentation and portfolio management system, Earlyworks. Using Earlyworks is convenient for families to access and helps them to understand the time and effort that our educators put into caring for their children and documenting their learning and development, it has also helped us reduce our carbon footprint and become more sustainable.
The curriculum encourages children to not learn only what we already know, but to become creative and innovative, capable of discovery throughout their life.
The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
… is the foundation for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong through their relationships with their family, culture, community and place. We cherish our role as your extended family and part of your child’s community.
… recognises the importance of the here and now. Our curriculum reflects the value we place on childhood, a time to simply ‘be’ – to play, investigate and enjoy an unhurried time to pursue their own interests.
… is about the wonderful learning and development that young children experience. We recognise the knowledge, understanding, identity, skills and potential that your child brings with them to First Steps.
Designing unique programs in each room that specifically cater for the children’s developmental needs, is an important aspect of the quality service we provide our families. Our teaching strategies aim to develop creative and initiative minds, capable of discovering for themselves rather than learning just what is already known. Our curriculums extend beyond what we provide within the centre to include aspects of the community and the world around us. Each educator has valuable knowledge and experience that we feel is important to utilise when designing programs throughout the centre.‘Play is the work of the child.’
Children from an early age are motivated to take risks and try new things. They will find their own, often quite ingenious, physical challenges and in doing so, learn about their own strengths and limitations by taking risks. We provide experiences in an environment that enables children to safely make judgments and understand their own capabilities. We believe that Children learn through play. Opportunities are provided through programs and routines that will allow each child to learn self-discipline and independence while feeling free to choose the areas of interest in which they will participate throughout the day.‘We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.’
Charles E. Scaefer
Our Kindy program has a special focus on school readiness and we encourage each child to reach their maximum potential at their own pace. Children are given the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills and concepts (including life skills, physical skills, social and emotional development and language skills etc) that will assist in making it a smooth transition on their entry to school. The Early Childhood Teachers offer the kindy program within the hours of the long day care setting, allowing families access to a program tailored for each child’s individual needs with the flexibility of using the service for the duration of our opening hours.
Shari Edwards (State Winner Educator of the Year 2015) is our educational leader. Shari holds a Bachelor of education, a Diploma of Early Education and Care and has been working in the education and care industry for over 15 years. Shari is highly motivated, inspiring and passionate. She ensures all educators are provided with quality mentoring and in-house training and uses unique strategies to cater for a variety of individual needs of each educator. Shari guides, supports and inspires the staff to aim high and achieve their goals with their training and everyday best practice.