K2 Program :: Pre-School Program

Monday – Friday: 8.30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

At Kids Kottage we believe that education is a process, not a product. Kids Kottage does not impose adult expectations on children or demand that they acquire skills at a certain rate. We don't want children to associate learning with coercion, anxiety or boring rote. We feel that a child's education is best served by the child's own mastering of the process of learning, in which the child becomes self-motivated to acquire reading and writing skills as tools for learning and interacting with a broader world.

We recognize that all children have unique skills and achieve differently and that it is inappropriate to make provision for them in a uniform way. Our curriculum therefore concentrates on providing the fullest range of learning opportunities in order to meet each child's learning needs.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our setting uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.

The Areas of Development and Learning are divided into six areas:

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development – to develop their independence, self care (take turns, share and play appropriately), build confidence, concentration and interaction with both peers and adults within the group,

• Communication, Language and Literacy Development – to develop listening and talking skills, Listen to and join in with stories, poems and songs, one to one and also in small groups, Learn how to handle books carefully and control over pencil & crayons, begin to use anticlockwise movement and trace vertical lines.

• Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy – to develop an awareness of numbers, shapes, size, sorting, matching, comparing and different patterns, Have the opportunity to construct large and small equipment

• Knowledge and Understanding of the World – to explore and develop an awareness of the world in which we live and also technology, to have opportunity to be involved in long term growing projects i.e., seeds / plants / vegetables.

• Physical Development – to use both large and small equipment to develop gross (large) and fine (small) muscle control, by exploring a range of indoor large play equipment in a range of ways such as climbing, jumping, balancing, crawling, sliding and rolling, and engaging in activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as puzzles, threading, posting, stacking and small world equipment, explore the dress up clothes and develop independent dressing skills and observe self and others in mirror.

• Creative Development – to explore a variety of techniques involved in art and music, make constructions, collages, paintings and drawings using a range of media and materials

The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stages of development.

This kind of freedom results in an ongoing process of defining and testing limits. Teachers use non-authoritarian techniques for assisting children in their problem-solving process and in finding their own solutions to problems. By learning to "work it out," children develop responsibility and respect for others.