Affiliation with C&K
C&K is responsible for monitoring standards in community kindergartens. As such, C&K distributes the government funding (QKFS) throughout the state, to all approved affiliated community kindergartens which meet specific requirements. This funding contributes to approximately 40- 50% of the overall costs of the centre and the management committee is responsible for the remaining operational costs. These costs are covered by fees and fundraising and the committee rely upon the personal commitment of the parents to become involved in these efforts.
As an affiliated centre we adhere to C&K’s recognised play-based curriculum, Building Waterfalls. This allows children to problem solve, discover and learn how to be independent thinkers. C&K is committed to providing quality early childhood education.
Making Learning Fun and Meaningful
Our approach to curriculum (educational program) is born out of a long held tradition of early childhood philosophy and practice and is supported by contemporary international and national research and theoretical perspectives around children’s learning, health and wellbeing. In our services children are valued and respected as competent and capable co-contributors in the learning process. Our teachers work alongside your child to actively encourage and support them in their learning process.
Staff undertake professional development regularly to ensure the most up-to-date research is used as a basis for shaping curriculum decisions.
The curriculum offered is a collaborative venture, negotiated with children and developed by fully qualified early childhood professionals. The physical environments, mood and feel of the centre are designed to support and enhance your child's learning while reflecting the local community. Your child’s curiosity, enthusiasm and love of learning will continually be encouraged by staff. As educators and children engage in inquiry together, children are learning to observe, ask questions, reflect on their actions, and engage in meaningful and self-directed activity.
Our well respected tradition of encouraging family and community involvement ensures that our curriculum:
- Supports and affirms parents in their parenting role
- Acknowledges the individuality of family aspirations and traditions
- Optimises learning for children
- Engages parents in cooperative decision making
- Is relevant to the children, families and community
- Facilitates networking among families within the local community
C&K has published Australia’s first collaborative birth to school age curriculum, entitled Building Waterfalls, which will be implemented in the Kindy programs offered at all C&K kindergartens. Building Waterfalls is different to other early childhood curriculums in that it was created by and for educators, parents and children. Children do not learn in isolation. It is a collaborative process. Building Waterfalls acknowledges the important role adults - educators and parents, other children and the physical environment play in children’s learning.
Building Waterfalls acknowledges children as competent and capable learners and the significant role adults play in optimising and enhancing children’s living and learning experiences. Adults and children share responsibility for the learning process through interaction, negotiation and collaboration.
We have combined the philosophy of C&K, which is that children learn through exploring, investigating, problem solving and negotiating, as well as contemporary international early childhood research and practice.
International studies have proven that children learn and thrive in a warm, caring play based environment that includes parents in the learning process. For this reason we have intentionally used the term ‘curriculum framework’ to reflect the learning possibilities and potentials inherent in each individual environment.
The metaphor: building waterfalls provides a powerful and symbolic provocation for our thinking and a reminder of the capabilities of children – their strength, optimism, spontaneity and possibility. Water provokes thoughts of movement, change, power, flow, creativity, potential, renewal and freedom – of journeys with beginnings and yet to be discovered possibilities.
Documenting your Child's Learning
When we stop to ask children what they think, the possibilities abound. Not only are they active seekers of knowledge but also ardent, and sometimes surprising, carriers of knowledge. At Kippa Ring Kindy our qualified educators strive to make this knowledge visible to you by capturing your child’s learning and thinking in portfolios. Portfolios are more than a memory or keepsake of your child’s time at Kindy. They provide an insight into your child’s learning, and make the quality of our teaching practice visible to you.
Portfolios provide children with an opportunity to revisit and reflect on past experiences; record their learning, including their emerging literacy and numeracy skills as it occurs in our rich, socially responsive and interactive learning spaces; and provide our educators with the knowledge they need to ensure your child’s time with us is full of wonder and possibility.
Through careful observation and documentation, educators gather information to determine the appropriate amount of challenges to offer your child in order to further enhance their skills, abilities and comprehension.
Observation and documentation forms the foundation for additional experiences to be planned, and provides crucial information for the environment to be arranged to extend learning. As an understanding of your child grows through observation, educators are able to plan for interactions that best support your child’s interests, needs, ideas and questions.
The use of documentation methods, such as individual child portfolios, allows educators to gain an in-depth understanding of your child’s development in action. The use of concrete illustrations through the inclusion of photos and work samples provides a unique opportunity for focused discussion between you and the educators. This allows for deeper partnerships to grow and for shared goal setting to occur.