At Foundation Early Learning Fremantle our Kindergarten Program is led by an Early Childhood teacher.
Our kindergarten program is an educational play-based program for children aged three to five years. Our program fosters children's academic development in
pre-reading, maths, science, art and fine and gross motor skills.
Our program incorporates the Early Years Learning Framework and reflects children's interests and development. The Kindergarten program is designed to encourage children to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.
We have the desire to help the children reach their full potential by providing an environment that is safe, supportive and engaging.
Our aim of the Kindergarten Program is for the children to become confident independent learners who can creatively express their ideas and feelings through art, dance and dramatic play. At Foundation Early Learning Fremantle, we nurture the whole child, value and care for each child in a respectful way.
"Our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all, connected to adults and other children." (Loris Malaguzzi)
This idea is key to how children should be taught and considered - that is, capable and expert learners!
Our Atelier is equipped with a variety of open-ended materials from feathers to buttons, paint to crayons, seed pods to blocks. It is the place where the children are given a chance to explore, experiment, express themselves, make mistakes, create and then share the result with others. The children are at the centre of the learning process and we educators are facilitators.
Here at Foundation Early Learning, we have introduced two languages at the Kindy level – Italian and Mandarin. Learning a language other than English will provide the children with a head start towards language study in Primary School.
Specific outcomes for our language program:
Our Kitchen Garden provides opportunities to learn about the many aspects of planning, preparing, cooking and sharing delicious meals and snacks and identifying the relationships between making healthy eating choices and good health.
The Kitchen Garden has many benefits and fosters vital skills for children's learning, such as seeing something emerging and growing from seed and grasping the whole cycle of plants and their needs. It also develops a practical understanding of environmental sustainability, responsibility and increasing respect for the natural world around us.
The children harvest the vegetables and herbs and include these in cooking sessions to reinforce healthy eating choices.
Foundation Early Learning offers the "Bush Kinder" program as part of a child's Kindergarten experience, recognising the importance of environmental education in children's learning.
The Bush Kinder program takes place in Booyeembara Park, Montreal Street, Fremantle. A place of significance for its natural and indigenous cultural focus. We are focusing mainly on nature as a learning tool but also heightening awareness of indigenous culture in the children.
We visit the park on a weekly basis, all through the year. We have purchased new resources for these trips to the park, resources which will make each visit even more memorable, interesting and educational. Some of the new resources are binoculars, bug viewers and bug houses. We visit the walk circuits, music area, log sculptures, olive grove and playgrounds and have story time under the shade of a tree. Our aim is to make this a wonderful learning experience for every child, promoting a close connection with nature for a healthier and more environmentally-aware community of learners.