As the Early Years Framework promotes, our early childhood teachers use their training, knowledge of early childhood development and their experience to plan an individually based program that promotes children to grow and learn in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.

We follow children’s voices, interests, capitalise on their achievements and recognise spontaneous learning experiences. We utilise an interactive software program to show families what and how their children learn each day and parents include their comments and suggestions to decide how their child’s learning progresses. And together (child, parents, teachers), we evaluate and reflect to ensure whatever is to happen next will be meaningful to the child and his/her family.

We offer Parent/Teacher Interviews throughout the year so parents have even more opportunity to be involved in their child’s learning progress

Our curriculum covers areas of:

Sensory Experiences

One of the ways children learn is through their senses. We provide a plethora of opportunities for children to experience interesting textures, tastes, smells, sights and sounds. Through our physical education activities, children will also learn about spatial relationships.

We aim to provide calm, pleasant and attractive environments where all children feel at peace to explore and learn in their time.

The Natural Environment

We believe by creating opportunities for children to connect with the natural environment and experience first-hand the wonders of nature, they may gain the knowledge, skills and a positive attitude to become an environmentally responsible adult.

We teach children how our Indigenous peoples have cared for the land many years before us and are still advocating for the land we all live in. We teach children we must all work together to preserve our natural resources for future generations.

Clay, water, sand, soil, timbers, plants, natural fibres are just some of the mediums children will be exposed to.

Music and Movement

Rhythm, beat, pitch, tone are all fabulous elements of our everyday lives. Children experience the pleasure of “feeling” the music as it courses through their bodies – they react to the music accordingly. Children can make their own music and musical instruments, they create and explore the different qualities of the music, or they can sit quietly, blissfully and listen.

Often music can be very emotive allowing the child to express herself perhaps through dance or creative movement. Teachers programs are complimented by an additional outside provider who visits the Centre every month.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

Play activities provided at our centre help children develop concepts of space, volume, quantity, shape, size, sequence and problem solving. Cooking becomes a science project, whilst working with ice is a science experiment.

Teachers ask questions – “What might happen if…” or “Will there be enough?”.
Children may ask, “Where does the wind come from?”, “How will this go together?” or “What makes the rain?” and together the child and teacher research the answers.

Language and Literature

Whether it is reading a story, telling a story or poem, singing a song, working with puppets, looking through a book or at signs around us whilst we’re driving along in mum’s car, or writing your name, children are constantly having the opportunity to practice the essential skills of language and literature.

Teachers provide many opportunities where children may celebrate and practice the spoken and written word.

Drama

“I’ll be the mother, you be the baby” or “Let’s play teachers” can often be heard from the older children. In dramatic play children can act out roles. Sometimes they may do this just for fun or at other times, role playing may help them understand those around them better.

Kindergarten children may even dramatise poems or stories – they love an audience!

Visual Arts and Crafts

Sewing, painting, pasting, moulding or drawing are all means of self-expression. Children access different mediums within these means to explore, create and communicate.

Some works take but a few moments, whilst others become projects which may last up to two or three weeks.

Physical Fitness

Climbing, rolling, jumping, skipping, running, swinging we do it all here! From babies to School age we do not stop moving. Being fit feels fabulous – from our small muscles like our fingers and toes to our large muscles in our legs and back. Teachers programs are complimented by an additional outside provider who visits the Centre every month.

We are aware of the sedentary lifestyle that our community tends to fall into so we are making the most of our wonderful equipment (both personal and bought!!!)

Community Involvement

All our children regularly venture out into the local community and we have formed close ongoing relationships with our fellow Keysborough citizens. We support our older folk and volunteers working to help others, our local retailers and we love chatting to our neighbours too.

Children learn they have a right to belong and have a responsibility to their community. They learn their community is diverse and there are different ways of being and doing.

Keysborough Community Children’s Centre Reconciliation Vision Statement

The core of Keysborough Community Children’s Centre’s vision for reconciliation is respectful relationships which are honest, active and mutually enriching.
We believe respectful relationships provide a solid base where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community are able to learn together and plan a future based on respect, justice, equality, courage and hope.
Our aim is for our families, children, teachers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples join together to ensure knowledge of how the histories, cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are a part of our understanding of our country’s history and identity.
We recognise there is much to learn and that this learning will help us all to be strong contributors to ensure future generations actively support the rights of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We will reflect on our thoughts, words and actions to ensure we uphold ethical practice even if it is difficult to do so; the rights of all Australian citizens are paramount.
We pledge to
• The knowledge that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original owners and custodians of our land, waters, flora and fauna
• Positively reflect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions in all aspects of our service
• Recognizing the many nations and languages of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
• Develop with families, children and teachers a sense of social justice which supports future generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to experience a better, fairer society in which we may walk together in the steps of the Reconciliation journey.

The Keysborough Community Children’s Centre Citizen

The KCCC citizen has a sense of belonging to the Centre and also to the Keysborough community and the communities beyond.
They –
…are active participants of the Centre, which means they have a voice and their voices are heard, valued, respected, reflected and acted upon; they contribute to the program and events of the community
…are provided with choices
…have equal rights
…have responsibility to care for their fellow community members
…are protected by and follow rules
…help and provide opportunities for each other
…are informed of matters which affect them and can make decisions based on these matters
…are accepting, interested and respectful of others regardless of their culture, beliefs, strengths, abilities or skills.
…are respectful of their environment and actively care for it