Early Years Program
The program encourages collaboration with adults and peers through guided participation and observation, as well as individual exploration and reflection. Central to this approach are ‘learning stories’, a narrative method of documentation learning which includes the voice of children, teachers and family.Learning stories help to make children’s learning visible for families and encourage educators, families and children to discuss learning together. Learning stories are narratives of children’s play and interactions that focus on children’s learning disposition. These dispositions include:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicator.
Contributions to learning stories are encouraged from children and families, so that all voices are included. Staff observe the development of each child and keep up to date records on the individual children. These learning stories form the basis of the children’s program.
All children’s records are confidential and will only be released to outside agencies with parent permission or by Court Order. All records pertaining to the child are securely stored for a period not less than 7 years.