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4yr old Program

Four Year Old Program- Koala and Wombat Groups

To develop the Four Year Old Group Program our educators draw on their knowledge of Early Childhood Development education philosophies and teaching practices.  The program has been inspired by many philosophies and theorists such as Reggio Emilia’s curriculum theory, Lev Vygotsky’s Social Development Theory, Jean Piaget’s developmental theory and the Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences.

The program focuses on play as the main vehicle for learning. It also offers a range of exciting experiences related to maths, science, social studies, literacy, the arts (visual art, drama, dance, creative movement), cooking, gardening and physical education to stimulate and extend each child’s learning.

Through the many experiences provided at the kindergarten, the children will develop in all areas, including social and emotional, physical (fine and gross motor), intellectual and language. The program aims to inspire young minds to develop a love of learning. Children are encouraged to become aware, enquiring and independent.

The program provides flexibility and offers a diverse range of learning experiences to accommodate the children’s individual interests and group interests as they arise. We value collaborative learning where children and educators work together and learn from each other. This is done through individual, small group and whole group experiences.

4yr Old Program
4yr Old Program

To extend knowledge and learning, excursions, walks, entertainers and visitors to the kinder are organised throughout the year. We invite parents to share their interests, skills, hobbies or profession to enhance the children’s experiences and learning.

The children’s natural ability to inquire is fostered and children and staff work together in a collaborative team to explore and investigate areas of interest that are meaningful to the children.

Self-esteem and confidence building is a priority of the program. When children have developed positive feelings about themselves and are willing to “have a go”, they are able to learn and develop to the maximum potential.

The teachers take children through the fundamentals of being a member of a group – respecting the rights of others as well as having the confidence to express themselves.

4 Year Old Group Acknowledgement of Country

Here is the biik, (land)
Here is the wurru-wurru (sky)
Here are my kirrip (friends)
And here marram-biik (am I)
We are proud to acknowledge the Boonwurrung as the first people on this land where out kinder stands, where we live, love and play and, pay our respects to their elders, for they hold the stories and the memories of the Boonwurrung people.

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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