Q: What will my child learn while at Springfield Children’s Development Centre?
A: Our qualified educators provide stimulating and involving experiences which develop each child’s skills allowing them to achieve positive outcomes based on the children's interests and abilities. Each room has overall aims, objectives and a philosophy that guides the program, as well as weekly and daily plans that incorporate objectives for individual children.
Children have the opportunity for both indoor and outdoor play as part of each room’s routine. Routines allow time for individual, small and large group play.
Children’s language and literacy skills are further developed during this time with social interactions that involves children in storytelling, drama, poems and games. Music also plays a large part in these sessions as children are able to experiment with dancing, singing and exercising their bodies.
Q: What are the different curriculum documents that underline programming in each of the different classrooms?
- The Early Years Learning Framework
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes essential to young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. It's part of the Australian Government’s National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. The framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, recognising the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
- The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines
Springfield Children’s Development Centre operates an Approved Kindergarten Program in each of their services/centres that is run by a fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher. The Kindergarten Teacher incorporates the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines into their program, which is designed to build connections between what children already know or can do, their learning within a Kindergarten Program, and future learning in within the school environment the following year.
The My Time, Our Place curriculum supports educators working with school age children in outside school hours care, long day care, and family daycare settings. This Framework builds on the Early Years Learning Framework and extends the principles, practice and outcomes to accommodate the contexts and age range of the children and young people who attend school age care settings. The Framework ensures that children in school age care have opportunities to engage in leisure and play-based experiences which contribute fully to their ongoing development.
Q: What is the National Quality Framework?
A: The National Quality Framework ( NQF) is responsible for the administration of Child Care Quality Assurance (CCQA) for children’s services throughout Australia. Our Centre voluntarily participates in CCQA and is therefore eligible to receive CCB (Child Care Benefit) from the Australian Government.
The objective of the NQF is to ensure that children enrolled in childcare are safe and have stimulating, positive experiences and interactions that encourage all aspects of development. For more information on the NQF process, please speak to the Centre Manager.