The Narrabundah Early Childhood School curriculum, birth to eight years, is based upon the principle that all children are capable and competent. The school's educators work with the following understanding about the ways in which children learn:
- Connections between thought and language are securely laid down in the early years.
- Children's capacities to learn are enhanced by thoughtful language-based interactions.
- Children's development is holistic and integrated and involves different pathways and occurs at different rates.
- Children are active learners, constructing their knowledge, meanings and understandings through interactions in their physical and social worlds.
- Play is fundamental to children's learning – providing opportunities for children to express their ideas and feelings and engage in explorations, imagination, experimentation and manipulation.
- Fostering positive and robust dispositions - such as autonomy, responsibility, interdependence, curiosity, optimism, resilience and the enjoyment of learning - contributes to children's success as learners
Narrabundah Early Childhood School plans our curriculum using the national Early Years Learning Framework across all programs, birth to eight years. The Early Years Learning Framework acknowledges the value of learning through play for young children. The document places a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy with the development of intellectual, physical, language, social and emotional competence supported by thoughtful, respectful relationships. All of our programs include opportunities for play-based learning experiences; explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy skills; and specialist teaching across all curriculum areas.
The planned, implemented and evaluated curriculum for children at Narrabundah Early Childhood School is consistent with that developed for children at other schools across Australia. As schools in the ACT move towards full implementation of the Australian Curriculum in 2013, our school will continue to blend this document with the Early Years Learning Framework when developing learning opportunities for your child.