The curriculum at Little Genius Academy – One York is guided by the National Quality Framework (NQF) and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF is divided into three sections: Belonging, Being and Becoming. These three elements are the basis of all our experiences and programs to ensure that we are providing quality education to all the children in our care.
Belonging is knowing where you belong and to whom you belong with. Everyone belongs to a family, a culture, a neighbourhood and the wider community where it is through these groups that relationships are formed. These relationships are essential to helping children who they are and who they may become.
Being is present day of a child’s life. It is a time where children can make meaning of the world, both to prepare them for the future but also to help make decisions in the present.
Becoming is where children grow, learn and develop based on their experience. It is a time where rapid change occurs for each child based on their own experiences and different events.
Our programs at Little Genius Academy – One York allow children to develop naturally where our educators can guide their individual learning through beautiful, large environments and well-resourced materials.
Learning outcomes, developmental milestones plus group and individual observations of your child are documented in a wide variety of ways. This ensures that the staff at Little Genius Academy – One York are taking a holistic approach to your child’s development and are extending their skills and abilities in meaningful, fun and engaging ways. Our team will also draw on you for information and feedback regarding your child’s interests and needs as well as your aspirations regarding your child’s learning.
Children can be enrolled in a public school if they turn five on or before July 31st of that schooling year. All children must be enrolled in primary school by their 6th birthday.
Before the start of the school term, the parents or carers of children who are new kindergarten enrolments may be asked to have an interview with the school principal. This meeting provides parents or carers with a good opportunity to discuss and arrange any special circumstances, allergies and/or additional support required for their child.
Many families rely on feedback from their child’s preschool teachers to help determine whether their child is ready for school. Whilst your child is at Little Genius Academy – One York, the teachers will conduct individual and group observations of your child’s time in care. These observations will be posted on the secure ChildCarers Website in your child’s Learning Journal and will help to provide an insight as to whether your child will be ready for school. If you have any problems accessing ChildCarers, please talk to a staff member to reset your account.
There are many developmental criteria that may help to determine whether a child is ‘school-ready’. Below is a list of factors that the educators may look for to assess whether your child will be able to cope with the demands of formal schooling:Child’s Social and Group Skills
- Communicate needs and wants to teachers and other children;
- Answer and ask simple questions;
- Listen, be attentive and focus on group and individual tasks;
- Follow directions and simple rules;
- Work independently with minimal supervision;
- Share an adult’s attention with several other children;
- Play, take turns, share and work cooperatively with other children;
- Deal with conflict and have the confidence to ask for help.
- Follow a structured daily routine whilst coping with changes;
- Take responsibility for their belongings;
- Learn new concepts and attempt to solve new problems.
- Dress themselves, toilet trained and confidently open small things (e.g., lunch boxes and wrappers);
- Confidently use basic writing and craft implements (e.g., pencils and scissors);
- Participate in other activities that require eye-hand and motor co-ordination (e.g., throwing and catching).
- Write their own name;
- Recognise and name all letters of the alphabet;
- Count from 1 to 20;
- Identify basic shapes and colours.
Activities at HomeHelping your child become ‘school- ready’ is not limited to activities at care. Here is a list of other activities that can be done in the home environment:
- Provide activities for your child to be able to recognise their name;
- Encourage drawing, art and craft activities (e.g., trace different letters, copy different shapes);
- Read (and encourage the child to read) books appropriate for their age.
- Lots of outdoor play with running, climbing and jumping;
- Encouraging the development of fine motor skills e.g., correctly holding pencils or scissors;
- Encourage independent toileting and dressing.
- Talking to your child regularly and encouraging them to express their own thoughts, emotions and needs confidently;
- Explain rules in different group times and encourage children to lose or win gracefully.