Grow With Us
At G8 Education, our education programs are guided by the principles, practices and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. These programs build on children’s interests and ideas, embedding learning through literacy, numeracy, sustainability, art experiences, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In each of our rooms, educators and teachers provide unique and age-appropriate learning experiences to guide children towards achieving developmental goals. Regardless of your child’s age group, rest assured that they are well supported to discover, grow and learn.
Babies and infants begin learning from before birth. They thrive in secure, safe environments where responsive relationships are nurtured and developed. Our teachers and educators have created welcoming, age-appropriate, stimulating nursery environments where each baby feels safe to explore and discover new things.
Babies learn and develop through play-based exploration using their senses in specifically designed indoor and outdoor learning environments. Our teachers and educators support babies to make sense of the world around them through intentional and responsive play-based learning experiences.
In the toddler rooms, our teachers and educators support young children in their learning, development, and well-being to be curious and creative problem solvers.
Play-based approaches are at the core of our programs, where each child’s needs and interests are met. Play enables children to develop their oral language skills and their ability to self-regulate, fundamental skills for life-long learning. This happens through carefully planned learning experiences in age-appropriate indoor and outdoor learning environments for individuals and small groups of children.
These play-based experiences involve wondering about what is happening around them, engaging in dramatic play, exploring music and dance, problem-solving using early science and maths understandings, engaging in reading experiences, and more.
For example, young children can be seen developing their positive dispositions to learning areas such as maths understanding by building a tower, sorting objects, identifying shapes and patterns, exploring directions, creating patterns, investigating forces or push and pull, and participating in counting songs and games.
Young children are encouraged to participate in individual, small and larger group play. Group play is important as it helps young children develop important social and emotional skills such as turn-taking, asking and responding to questions, communicating in appropriate ways, and giving and following directions.
Children learn and develop in secure and safe environments with a focus on responsive relationships with their teachers and educators.
Our team helps children to learn and develop through the development of trusting relationships with educators and teachers who are responsive to each child’s needs and interests in stimulating and nurturing environments.
The positive effects of attending kindergarten/preschool on children’s learning and development are supported by research. Our kindergarten/preschool program provides children with opportunities to actively engage with their peers as they learn through a play-based program in specially designed indoor and outdoor environments.
As children progress on their learning journey, our kindergarten/preschool program caters to their individual strengths and needs. We offer increasingly complex experiences across the kindergarten/preschool year to develop children’s positive dispositions to learning.
Planning from children’s interests and ideas, we work alongside them as they challenge themselves to take risks in their learning, be creative and curious problem-solvers, develop resilience as they persist with new challenges, and have the confidence to develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
Our kindergarten/preschool program provides children with opportunities to practise and learn how to:
- Use language appropriately to communicate their ideas, feelings and needs – strong oral language skills are the basis for literacy learning in school.
- Use numeracy skills through early mathematical play, including patterning, counting, sequencing, comparing and sorting shapes, and spatial awareness.
- Develop social skills to make friends and play collaboratively with peers.
- Develop emotional skills, including the capability to self-regulate emotions and behaviours.
- Develop motor skills and core strength to participate across the day and to help prepare their body for formal learning in school.
- Become more independent in self-care.
- Creatively express ideas and feelings through art, dance, and dramatic play.
- Develop confidence to ask and respond to questions, explore, make predictions, and solve problems of interest.
In the prior-to-school years, children build the brain connectors for all future learning through active engagement in a play-based program.
Transitioning to School
Our kindergarten/preschool program provides appropriate support for a smooth and successful transition to school. Our focus on oral language development, social and emotional skills, physical development and positive dispositions for learning ensures your child is equipped with the foundational tools to be a confident and successful learner at school.
The transition to school from kindergarten/preschool to a new environment with new relationships, new routines, new expectations and new experiences can be an exciting yet daunting time for children and families. A positive start to school relies on a collaborative approach between families, kindergarten/preschool teachers, primary teachers and children and, in some circumstances, health professionals. We look forward to partnering with you to best support a successful transition to school.
Partnerships with Families
Relationships with families are central to our kindergarten/preschool program. Families are children’s first and most important teachers, so trust that we will learn from you about your child’s strengths, interests and needs. Relationships are key to delivering the best possible learning opportunities for your child. We view their early childhood education as an extension of the learning occurring at home. We also support you in building on your child’s day in kindergarten/preschool by keeping you informed about their progress in learning and developmental outcomes.