Our developmental programs aim to provide children with high quality education that encompasses the Early Years Learning Framework; Belonging, Being and Becoming. The program is inclusive, play based and child-centred, stemming from the strengths, needs, interests and abilities of the individual children with a focus on developing confidence and a healthy sense of self in each child.

Why play based?

Play is a context for learning that:

  • allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness
  • enhances dispositions such as curiosity and creativity
  • enables children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning
  • assists children to develop relationships and concepts
  • stimulates a sense of wellbeing.

Children actively construct their own understandings and contribute to others’ learning. They recognise their agency, capacity to initiate and lead learning, and their rights to participate in decisions that affect them, including their learning (BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia).

Our program is both planned and emergent, ensuring we are responsive to the changing needs and interests of the children. Our daily routine provides opportunities for free play as well as more structured experiences each day while ensuring flexibility depending on the needs and interests of the child. We value the role that nature plays in a child’s learning and ensure that children are provided ample opportunity to explore and investigate the great outdoors. We recognise and value the important role that families play in a child’s life as their first teachers and encourage their participation and input into our educational programs.

Big Joey’s Preschool Program.

The Big Joey’s Preschool program runs from the hours of 9.30am to 12.30pm each day and is open to children attending the centre who turn four by 30th June that year. This program is delivered by our trained Early Childhood Teacher. This program helps support children during their transition from an Early Learning environment into the School environment, with a strong focus on social and emotional development.  Aspects of this program include providing the children experiences where they can explore the larger school environment with weekly visits to the library and participation in school events. Additional assessment frameworks used to track the development of children in the age group are the Northern Territory Assessment of Student Competencies and the Northern Territory Preschool Curriculum.

StoryPark Digital Online Portfolios.

To ensure we are connected in real time to families and to reduce our environmental footprint on the earth we use the digital platform StoryPark to share information with families regarding their child’s development and to keep them updated on what is happening within the Little Joey’s community.