The Kindergarten programme at JSR caters for students attending 3, 4 or 5 days per week with the flexibility for parents to elect the days that suit their family circumstances. Each programme runs for a full school day from 8.45 to 3.30.
Early childhood is a time to foster children’s learning through acknowledging each individual’s characteristics of belonging, being and becoming in a play-based and reflective environment. Strong collaborative relationships between a child’s family, culture, educators, professionals and the community empowers a child to co-construct and further develop his or her own identity, voice and understanding of the world. Overarching early learning, is the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’. This framework guides our pedagogy, practice and curriculum decision making.
Children’s emergent learning and developmental outcomes should foster children to:
- Have a strong sense of identity
- Be connected with and contribute to their world
- Have a strong sense of well-being
- Be confident and involved learners
- Be effective communicators
On each campus, the Kindergarten Centre is a self-contained facility where resources both inside and outside are carefully planned each day to maximise student learning and interests including nature play outdoor areas. Students in Kindergarten have access to specialist teachers for Art, Library, Music and Physical Education.
In their Kindergarten year children are assessed for speech development and fine and gross motor control. Identified students may undergo further assessment through the services of a qualified Speech Therapist and/or Occupational Therapist, with recommendations supplied to teaching staff and parents to coordinate support for the student. Early identification and intervention is the key to ensuring all students are given as equal footing as possible prior to commencing formal education.