Autumn inspired play with leaves
Reggio Emilia inspired play at Piccolo Early Learning Centre

Our Curriculum

 

We believe in using the teaching method of listening, reflective practice, and providing a balance between child driven and educator supported learning.  

As educators we will allow ourselves to be guided by your child’s culture, abilities and interests. We believe that when children are encouraged to guide their own learning, their experiences are more meaningful.

The curriculum is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) principles of ‘Being, Belonging and Becoming’ and the National Quality Framework (NQF).

Children’s growth, development and learning are carefully observed and documented in their individual portfolios for parents and families.

Physical Development

This program is relevant to every child, and encourages a greater ability for learning and exploration for each child.  As educators we believe in using a holistic approach when teaching, ensuring the environment, both indoors and outdoors, is safe and fun. Our focus is to balance your child’s choices of indoor and outdoor physical movement. Together with your child’s involvement, this learning environment encourages them to develop an appreciation of the natural world, by exploration and discovery through experiences with plants, edible garden plants, rocks, sand and water.

Social Understanding & Behaviours

This program is closely linked with emotions, temperament, values, attitudes, knowledge and language skills. Social capacity develops as babies and children interact with supportive stimulating safe people in friendly places. Social skills are integral to a child’s life journey. If he or she can manage personal feelings, label emotions, attempt to understand others feeling, interact positively, then they grow strong foundations for later years.

Intellectual & Cognitive Development

This program includes building skills such as pre-reading, language, vocabulary and numeracy, which begins from the moment a child is born. The brain acquires a tremendous amount of information in the first years of life even before babies can speak. Babies and children at this age continue to advance their skills by observing and interacting with family and the world around them. They also develop an incredible ability to process, store and use this information.

Language Development

Is the process by which our children will be guided to understand and communicate during their time at Piccolo. Language development includes both verbal and non–verbal communication. Language skills are important as children comprehend of the meaning behind words, putting together sentences in order to be understood, give and follow directions, listen, and by simply pointing at objects or events, they receive language to describe what they see.