Growing and Learning at Appleseed
Our programs are designed to create a stimulating, flexible environment where children can explore their surroundings whilst they develop physically, emotionally and intellectually.
We provide a balance of indoor and outdoor activities that offer a variety throughout the day. During indoor play, children have many experiences in learning areas with a variety of resources including iPads in the 3-5 room.
Project-based learning is a way for children to be involved in their own learning. We use different types of formats to gather and display children’s voices and their ideas about a topic including what they know and what they would like to learn. We then use this information to plan activities and learning spaces to provide the children with a range of learning experiences. Our projects are displayed on our walls and our online portfolios contain all your child’s individual records.
Our weekly programs are displayed in each room and use the Early Years Learning Framework as a foundation for children’s learning. Weekly Program Reflections are used to identify the outcomes of projects and learning and help to decide what will continue. Our programs incorporate children’s interests, family events and cultural experiences.
Throughout the year we cover many important learning areas such as dental health, road safety, child protection etc. Special days and theme days are celebrated in the centre and each year we choose a charity organisation to which we raise money and donate goods.
Parent Participation and Feedback
Appleseed encourages parent participation and involvement in the centre.
You are welcome to drop-in to the centre at any time, although we do ask that you phone first. You are also more than welcome to participate in special events, excursions, art and craft activities, story reading and so on.
If you have suggestions or feedback about any of our programs, we genuinely want to hear it. Please call Hannah on 9869 0555 for a chat, or arrange a time to drop in and see her.
The Early Years Learning Framework
The Education Department’s Early Years Learning Framework is a vision for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.
Our Early Childhood Educators use the EYLF as a guide for children’s learning and use the outcomes in each of the five key learning areas to further develop each child.
Centre Educators will use the Framework in partnership with families, to develop learning programs which are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities.
Throughout the year we will collect a variety of work samples, observations, family input, group projects and developmental reports. These are displayed in a variety of ways, online, on our walls and in your child’s individual portfolio. Each parent has access to their online portal to access daily learning activities and projects.
Reports are done for each child twice a year and provide an in-depth view of the child’s development which reflects the key learning outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework.
Munch & Move
Munch & Move is a fun, play-based program that promotes physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices).
The program is a NSW Government initiative with NSW Health as the lead agency.
Kindy Active uses fun games and challenges to develop balance, spatial awareness, coordination, and self-confidence in toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Our special Kindy Active teacher, Hayley, visits the centre each Wednesday morning. We provide the 0-2-year-olds with a free lesson each week, but there is a small charge for participating 2-5-year-olds.
Our aim is to prepare each child to their fullest potential in preparation for kindergarten.
Our Red Room School Readiness programs foster children’s development through play experiences, spontaneous play and guided learning experiences. There is a phonics program to develop early reading skills, a foundation handwriting program and also a social skills program allowing children to gain and develop important tools to assist in their transition to kindergarten.
Our educators make these learning programs lots of fun. Children are allowed to learn at their own pace.