Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten
Research shows play–based learning programs enhance children’s learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century. Through the provision of child guided, responsive, nature-based learning Upper Mount Gravatt grow creative and innovative problem solvers, responsible adventurers and playful collaborative thinkers. This is why their beautiful natural surrounds are so enriching to the learning of the children who attend this Kindergarten.
Located next to Roly Chapman Reserve they have regular Bush Kindy excursions allowing children to climb trees, build shelters, explore the nature and natural wildlife the way it should be. Hands-on, experiential learning encourages a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten is very proud of the professional attitudes and caring natures of their educators. All of their staff are long-standing employees who have a deep connection to the workings of the centre with an extensive understanding of the community needs. As such, younger siblings return to their Kindergarten year after year, and families have the confidence that their children are receiving the best care and education by familiar staff. This consistency has been recognised in their recent Assessment and Rating process which showed EXCEEDING theme for quality area 4 – staffing.
The Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten Program
Play is very important at Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten. Through play young children explore and learn to understand the world around them. They follow the National Quality Framework and implement the Early Years Learning framework with a focus on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines which is specifically tailored to children of Kindergarten age. A play-based program is ingenious as children are learning valuable skills in a way that comes naturally to them at this age. Children are offered choices that reflect their developmental stage. The choices are determined by the educators and are provided within limits of safety and within the group setting. The educators continually reflect together and evaluate children’s play, to discover what it is children are learning and to help facilitate further learning or to provide support in all areas of development.
Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
All early childhood services across Australia are obligated to follow the national Early Years Learning Framework, a curriculum framework that outlines the key learning outcomes for children prior to school. The framework outlines the key practices that support the best outcomes for young children. The outcomes are:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
Specifically, Queensland has developed a curriculum for children from 4 to 5 years of age, which is the year prior to Prep. This curriculum is called the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines which is based on the EYLF. The Mt Gravatt Kindergarten uses both the EYLF and QKLG curriculum as the basis of their program at Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten. They have university qualified Teachers delivering the program, which is funded by the Queensland Government, who recognise the importance of the delivery of a specific program relevant to children of this age and stage of development.
Within the framework, children will learn science and math concepts as they observe, investigate, discover, compare, classify, create, predict, explain, verify and analyse. Children will develop language and literacy skills, not just through the spoken word, but also through painting, drawing, sculpture, writing, music, songs, movement, stories, role play, posters, puppets and many open-ended questions. Art and music provide many opportunities for creative expression with a focus on process discovery, interpretation, exploration and imagination.
Development of school readiness skills are integrated within the program and includes excursions to their local schools in terms 3 and 4 of every year. Children are encouraged to be independent in all aspects of their day so that they can be confident outside of the Kindergarten setting also. Children are respected as important citizens in their learning and in their environment.
Upper Mt Gravatt Kindergarten feels it is crucial for children to understand the history of the country in which they were born in or live. They embed Indigenous learning and culture into their Kindergarten through regular visits by local Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people with early childhood backgrounds, who provide educational sessions and experiences.
Active Programs included
Children’s Sports Provider, Physi Kids provide regular extracurricular sporting experiences to the children onsite such as ball games, pilates, soccer and so on.
All the extra experiences enrich their program which is delivered to your child at no extra charge. Everything is included in the Kindergarten fees, which are the lowest in the area. They believe that they have the whole package when it comes to high-quality care and education, at an affordable cost. You can also enquire about concession fees for health care card holders.
Every year we cater to children with additional needs within the Kindergarten. The staff are highly skilled and work closely with Occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists who are part of the child’s life. Autism QLD provides their staff with tailored training sessions each year, to ensure that that staff can provide optimal support to all children. They have been recently nominated to provide training to other Early Childhood Professionals at Mt Gravatt Tafe in the area of inclusion support. This presentation along with Parent testimonials can be located on their website.
Personalised enrolment process:
As a multicultural Kindergarten, they cater to the needs of the Community. They have access to interpretation services available to all families with non-English speaking backgrounds. This service allows families to communicate easily and to express their needs and to provide important information regarding their child. Valuable information regarding their Educational program can be shared with everyone, allowing the inclusion of each and every person. Administration staff and the Director are all part of the enrolment of every child. They ensure that the Teachers are able to have time with each family and child to ensure a strong connection is forged between families and the Kindergarten. They go over and above to provide support to their staff so that they can spend this valuable time with each family.
Find out more: https://www.umgkindergarten.com/