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One of our main aims is to help prepare the children for life and to equip them with the many life skills they will need, both at school and in the world beyond.

We provide activities which are interesting, creative, and challenging and which are based on the children’s interests, needs and level of development.  We believe that children need to be active and involved in order to learn and so we provide activities and materials which are all hands-on.

Our program at Clayton Kindergarten is play based and interactive. We treat each child as an individual with individual backgrounds, interests, needs and ways of learning. Throughout the year our purpose is to assist each child to develop in all the above areas, and to grow as individuals as a group. Our aim is to help develop skills and an approach to life which will serve them as they move into the future.

Play facilitates role playing, develops social skills, provides an opportunity for children to work through emotional problems, and enables children to be creative by using their imagination and abilities to think in divergent ways.  In play children have the opportunity to communicate, and to express their own thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Some learning takes place in an informal way, as the children play and take part in the activities provided and some occurs through more formal group experiences (story, discussion, music and movement) in both small and large groups.

Our curriculum follows the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.  The framework identifies five outcomes for all children.  These are:

  1. Children have a strong sense of identity
  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  4. Children are confident and involved learners
  5. Children are effective communicators

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