In our Zebra Room, we practice a buddy system where older children, age 4-5 years are paired with younger children age 2-3 years during morning play time. This encourages kindergarten aged children to practice mutual respect, care and to foster an appreciation for diversity, inclusivity and friendship with children younger than then.
Our Early Childhood Teachers develop programs that are in line with the Early Years Learning Framework as well as the WA Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. The program is focused on school readiness i.e. numeracy, literacy, cultivating self-reliance, confidence and resilience.
Instead of a black or white board, the room is equipped with an electronic board. It is an integrated interactive touch screen that utilises optical sensor technology. It allows educators to access content online and through applications to enhance their curriculum. It is also a platform that encourages children to learn and collaborate simultaneously. Here are some examples of how we use the eBoard.
Environments are created and developed with the children, allowing them the opportunity to take ownership of their environments and developing respect for learning resources and other children’s work. Conversations between Educators and children help to guide children’s behaviour and strengthen relationships as they learn about managing emotions and actions.
To help children develop confidence, educators assign jobs to individual children for the day as “helpers of the day”. The Room also uses “Fill a bucket” language and concept to each children emotion, empathy and how their actions have impact on others. As part of teaching children of their rights and protecting them, our educators teach body safety education and respectful relationships to the children in their care.