Our Curriculum

Planning and documenting children’s learning and development

At Collard's Childcare & Kindergarten, our team of educators have specialised training and knowledge in Early Childhood Education. Educators have been specially chosen for their skill and knowledge, passion and desire to create a warm, nurturing, safe and secure learning environment for children to play and grow their intelligence. Children are the centre of our universe. Our home away from home is a safe and happy place for children to thrive in.

Our state of the art purposely built, early learning centre, has been designed to enhance, children’s creativity and intellectual intelligence. All educators have planning time each week, to plan, document, revise and select the resources to set up intentional teaching opportunities for children.

A regular and supportive routine begins first thing in the morning and runs until children go home for the day. At the core of Collard's Childcare & Kindergarten is the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Abecedarian Approach Australia. We know how important the first few years of a child’s life are, that why we have higher educator to Child Ratios, everyday so that educators can spend more time engaged in enriched caregiving and learning opportunities with children. Collard's Childcare & Kindergarten also offers a variety of Extra-Curricular Programs including weekly  Library Excursions▸Swimming Lessons▸ & PIT Gymnastics Classes.  

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STEAM  Learning

Science, Technology, Engineering,  Art, Mathematics

We are committed to providing children with a play-based, well-rounded and STEAM focused education. STEAM learning is an intentional focus on enabling children to think critically, solve problems, anticipate cause and effect, and reason about the probability of an event.  

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The Victorian Early Years Learning & Development Framework

The VEYLDF sets out outcomes and practices to guide early childhood professionals in their work with all families and their young children from birth. Supporting children to progress toward these outcomes, in conjunction with their families, is the core of the VEYLDF.

The five VEYLDF Outcomes:

  1. Children have a strong sense of identity (identity)
  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world (community)
  3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing (wellbeing)
  4. Children are confident and involved learners (learning)
  5. Children are effective communicators (communication).

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The Abecedarian Approach Australia or the 3a

The Abecedarian approach consists of only four elements. 3a is a set of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for early childhood educators and parents to use with children from birth to five. The 4 learning approaches are:

  1. Language Priority: A commitment to make every experience an opportunity for talking, listening, and learning language.   
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  2. Learning Games: 200 experiences or games played between an adult and one or two children that might take 2 minutes.   
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  3. Conversational Reading: Individual and pair reading that emphasises back and forth communication.   
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  4. Enriched Caregiving: Intentionally adding educational content to the daily, repeated routines of care.   
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Extra-Curricular Programs

Collard's Childcare & Kindergarten offers a variety of extra-curricular programs. These optional programs are at parents own expense.

If you’re interested in your child attending any of these programs, please see Melissa or Bianca for details.

Please select a program to read more information:

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