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3yr old Program

Three Year Old Program – Echidna & Bilby Groups

We aim to present an emergent program embracing the VEYLDF learning outcomes of Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learners and Communicators. Based on discovery through play, our program is dynamic and recognises the needs and abilities of each child. The ideas that are built upon come from the children’s own interests, and allow for play to develop in depth and extend over time.

Intentional teaching, as well as community and parent-based learning, is also developed within the program.

The program is displayed on the notice board in the foyer for parents to read and is also available by email.

The activities and learning experiences are provided to provoke thought and interest. They are also designed to encourage children in all areas of development: physical, social, cognitive, perceptual and emotional.

Often, 3 Year Old kinder is the child’s first foray into the world, away from the intimacy of the family home. We place a large emphasis on assisting children to learn to become a part of a group for their social and, emotional development. Building confidence and self- esteem is also a focus in three year old group. Often children will be practicing the same skill over and over or sometimes they might be trying to master a new skill and need a little guidance or reassurance from an adult. It is always rewarding to see the look of triumph when they have mastered a particular skill, climbed to the top or put the last piece in the puzzle.

3yr Old Program
3yr Old Program

In our three year old program, the children are offered open ended opportunities to explore an idea. We allow time for the development of an idea to grow. Materials required to extend ideas are offered or made available upon the children’s request. Individual objectives are planned for all children according to their specific needs and in consultation with their parents.

A variety of unstructured, sensory materials are always available for the children to use. By exploring the properties of sand, water, clay and dough, the children learn many concepts about how they feel, look and can be manipulated. Sensory materials also provide opportunities for relaxing, messy play!

Cognitive tasks at Kindergarten arise in children’s play constantly. Children match, sort and classify objects, they learn to recognise colours, shapes and numbers; they practise informal maths and science concepts, solve problems and predict outcomes. Cognitive skills are also evident when children create play goals with other children and use language as a tool to facilitate these goals. Many other processes of ‘playing’ require cognitive skills.

Imaginative play is a very important part of the program. It allows children to create goals and act out roles within them. Dramatic play assists children to understand more about their experience of the world. Social skills develop such as taking turns, creating group goals, solving conflict and developing language skills.

Language skills are developed when children listen to and discuss stories, act out dramatic roles, share their ideas in play, discuss items of interest, communicate their feelings and attempt to draw or write their ideas.

We offer activities to help develop fine motor skills. The children paint, paste, draw, use scissors, thread, manipulate puzzle and construction pieces, play with clay, dough, small beads etc.

Gross motor skills are practised when children climb, roll, swing, dig, run, skip, hop, jump, throw, practise ball and bean bag skills, balance on beams, push and pull trolleys, dance and move in a multitude of ways!

3 Year Old Group Acknowledgement of Country

Here is the land, hello biik! (feel the land)
Here is the sky, hello wurru wurru! (wave to the sky)
Here are my friends, hello kirrip (wave hello to our friends)
Here am I, marram-bik (give yourself a cuddle)
Ngun gudjin Boonwurrung people for the land which we play and learn.
Hands up, hands down, we’re on Boonwurrung ground.
Wominjeka!

Our Acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge that we meet and work on land for which the Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations are the traditional owners and custodians. We pay our respects to the elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Indigenous Australians.

Our Acknowledgment of the Victorian State Government

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Victorian State Government in funding 15 hours of 4year old kindergarten and 15 hours of 3year old kindergarten in 2024.

Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Hurlingham Preschool has zero tolerance towards child abuse and is committed to establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. We want children to be and feel safe and happy. We understand our legal and moral obligations to treat all concerns seriously and to report allegations and concerns about a child/ren’s safety and wellbeing to authorities. Hurlingham Preschool maintains and child safe environment by applying the Child Safe Standards and adhering to the Reportable Conduct  and Child Information Schemes

We are committed to the cultural safety of all children including Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Our Statement of Commitment to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children

We are committed to:

  • actively supporting and facilitating participation and inclusion of Aboriginal children, young people and their families within our service
  • the safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children
  • providing an educational program that strengthens Aboriginal children’s culture and identity
  • actively supporting and encouraging Aboriginal children to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights
  • supporting Aboriginal children and their families to identify as Aboriginal without fear of retribution or questioning
  • supporting Aboriginal children to maintain connection to their kinship ties, land and country
  • supporting Aboriginal children to be taught their cultural heritage by Elders
  • facilitating regular training and education on Aboriginal cultural and cultural safety
  • establishing policies, procedures, systems and processes to create a culturally safe and inclusive environment and meet the needs of Aboriginal children, young people and their families.

 “Our kindergarten is proud to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community. To learn more, visit: reconciliation.org.au/narragunnawali.

Our Acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge that we meet and work on land for which the Boonwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nations are the traditional owners and custodians. We pay our respects to the elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hope of Indigenous Australians.

Our Acknowledgment of the Victorian State Government

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Victorian State Government in funding 15 hours of 4year old kindergarten and 15 hours of 3year old kindergarten in 2024.

Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Hurlingham Preschool has zero tolerance towards child abuse and is committed to establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. We want children to be and feel safe and happy. We understand our legal and moral obligations to treat all concerns seriously and to report allegations and concerns about a child/ren’s safety and wellbeing to authorities. Hurlingham Preschool maintains and child safe environment by applying the Child Safe Standards and adhering to the Reportable Conduct  and Child Information Schemes

We are committed to the cultural safety of all children including Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Our Statement of Commitment to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children

We are committed to:

  • actively supporting and facilitating participation and inclusion of Aboriginal children, young people and their families within our service
  • the safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children
  • providing an educational program that strengthens Aboriginal children’s culture and identity
  • actively supporting and encouraging Aboriginal children to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights
  • supporting Aboriginal children and their families to identify as Aboriginal without fear of retribution or questioning
  • supporting Aboriginal children to maintain connection to their kinship ties, land and country
  • supporting Aboriginal children to be taught their cultural heritage by Elders
  • facilitating regular training and education on Aboriginal cultural and cultural safety
  • establishing policies, procedures, systems and processes to create a culturally safe and inclusive environment and meet the needs of Aboriginal children, young people and their families.

 “Our kindergarten is proud to have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community. To learn more, visit: reconciliation.org.au/narragunnawali.

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