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Educational Curriculum

Learning Should Always Be Fun

At St Nicholas Preschool & Childcare Centre, we believe that play-based learning provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. Our Educational Curriculum has a strong emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.

The planned and spontaneous learning experiences that the children engage in during their time at St Nicholas Preschool are an extension of the children’s interests, strengths and emerging skills.

Educational Curriculum

“All the interactions, experiences, activities, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children’s learning and development” – Early Years Learning Framework, p.9

GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES

Here at St Nicholas Preschool, children participate in daily Greek language classes. Classes encompass stories, songs, history and musical expression usilising Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and structured intentional teaching periods . Children are encouraged to collaborate with other preschools across Australia and in Greece to further their understanding of the language and culture.

Recent studies have proven that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals.*

  • Daily classes 20 – 30 minuets in length

  • Small groups of generally 10 children

SPORTS CLASSES

Ready Steady Go provide weekly sports classes promoting physical activity, healthy eating and collaboration. Over the year, the children will learn the fundamentals of 10 different sports (soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey, golf, AFL, rugby, athletics, cricket and T-ball). Each term, 5 sports are taught in 2 week blocks which is considered sufficient time to introduce and reinforce the basic concepts and motor patterns.

Sports classes aim to enhance children’s gross and fine motor skills, encourage their continued participation in sports and prepare them for the early school years. Children will develop greater self-confidence, enhanced self-esteem and a real sense of achievement, all of which shape their physiological wellbeing.

  • Classes are held every Monday by the external provider, Ready Steady Go

  • 10 – 12 children per group

SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM

The transition to primary school can be a significant event in the life of a child and a positive transition to school has a strong correlation to ongoing achievement and engagement. Here at St Nicholas our preschool children engage in a school readiness program that will prepare than for that transition.

Our School Readiness Program incorporates the not only fundamental numeracy and literacy components, but social and emotional development along with learning to collaborate in small and large groups.

  • Daily School Readiness Classes (Preschool Class only)

UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINABILITY

Here at St Nicholas Preschool, we teach our children to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment. We demonstrate the importance of sustainability through gardening, composting, recycling and water conservation.

The children along with their Sustainability Teacher will engage in the following experiences;

  • Maintaining  our vegetable garden and learn the fundamental skills of growing local organic produce
  • Learning about the natural decomposition cycle through exposure and participation in worm farms and composting food scraps
  • Caring for the chickens, collecting eggs and learning to respect animals
  • Daily sustainability classes 10 am- 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

  • Small group classes of 2 – 4 children

Lund University. (2012, October 8). Language learning makes the brain grow, Swedish study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 15, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121008082953.htm

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