How We Program

How We Program

Lake Cathie Children’s Cottage supports every child’s holistic development, allowing them to achieve their highest ability, in a fun, hands on environment. Educators follow an Emergent Curriculum that encompasses interests, needs, strengths, community connections and family input to facilitate experiences. Within this Emergent Curriculum, intentional teaching is used to scaffold learning and development.

Our approach to curriculum development is based on the Early Years Learning Framework which describes the outcomes required to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age. Additionally, the Early Years Learning Framework guides Educators in developing quality programs fro children as it describes the Early Childhood Pedagogy (principles and practice) to underpin everyday practice.

Portfolio of Learning and Development

Educator’s observe individual children monthly and gather information reflective of skill development, interests and milestones. From this, the observations are typed in the form of Learning Stories, jottings and art samples, and presented with photographs. These ‘observations’ form the digital Portfolio of Learning and Development which each family will receive at the end of the year. The Portfolios are distributed on CD with your child’s individual Visual Art Portfolio which presents a holistic picture of your child’s time with us. Paper copies of your child’s Portfolio are also available on request.

Room Educators keep up to date records of observations, jottings and photographs. These are available for viewing at any time. Please organise a time with your child’s Lead Educator if you are interested in viewing your child’s portfolio.

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