The staff meet regularly after kindergarten to discuss all aspect of kindy. We also meet during the week after kindy to program for the children

The kindergarten program is a working document and is added to daily. This is displayed at kindy. We also report this to families through a variety of ways. We use the app ‘Seesaw’ to communicate with parents regarding their child’s learning. This includes photos, videos, anecdotes and drawings from children and this is uploaded on the app for parents to view and comment (please note that this app is private and families can only view and access their own child’s learning). This reflects the children's voice in the program. We also create a "FORTNIGHTLY WRAP UP" photo and text page which shares the program and learning from the educators point of view and summarizes the weekly program.

How do the staff program?

  1. Staff use their knowledge of child development - We aim to develop deep and meaningful relationships with every child at Concordia kindergarten. We believe relationships form the basis of learning. As we build relationships we learn more and more about each child, their strengths and where they need support, and from this goals for learning. All staff have undertaken specific training and or qualifications in child development and or early childhood education.

  2. Staff use the national early childhood curriculum (Early Years Learning Framework EYLF) - We ensure a balanced program covering all areas of the curriculum. We use the Early Years Learning Framework - Being, Belonging, Becoming. For further information on this framework please follow the link below: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2023-01/EYLF-2022-V2.0.pdf

  3. Staff program from the Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (CSCF) - We plan experiences related to the current story/topic in Christian Studies are also expanded on through activities offered in that week.

  4. Staff observe children in their play and include their "voice" in the program - We believe every child is unique and special and all develop at different rates. Each week observations on children are discussed by the staff and we plan the program and activities that can help address each child’s needs and extend upon strengths or interests.

  5. Staff include a parent voice within the program - We use the information parents provide us with on a regular basis. Parents can share their ideas or suggestions for the program and some also contact kindy with specific request for topics or areas of interest. You know your children best so we take into account your advice about your children?s strengths, fears and the things that you would like your children to learn.

REPORTING TO PARENTS - is achieved by:

DISCUSSION - The staff are always willing to talk about your child’s progress. Parents may contact the kindy by phone if they are unable to see us personally.

DISPLAYS – in the kindy report visually the things your child has been doing at kindergarten. This may include photos or art work.

PARENT/EDUCATOR INTERVIEWS - are offered in term 1 and 3 to update parents on their child’s learning journey and provide an opportunity to discuss their learning goals, needs and areas or support that is needed.

REPORTS - A final Summative Report (a Statement of Learning) is written in the child’s last term of kindy, which includes reference to our Christian Studies Curriculum and the Literacy and Numeracy Indicators from DECD (Department of Child Development). https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net691/f/implementation-guidelines-indicators-preschool.pdf

DIGITAL DOCUMENTATION (Seesaw app) - includes a collation of children's work, examples of their learning and the program that is in digital format (ie. photos, videos and voice recordings). This is added to throughout the year on a regular basis by staff. This allows your child to share with you what he or she is doing at kindy. Parents can keep (or save) the posts created by staff.