VICTORIAN EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK
The Centre's learning curriculum is guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework, with instruction done through a mix of intentional teaching and child-prompted learning. This allows educators to pick up on a child's interest and lead the entire class on a voyage of discovery. Child-prompted learning in the past has included dinosaurs, dragons, animation and the solar system.
Each child's learning is documented in a journal and this is presented to families as a keepsake at the end of each year. The journal forms a valuable record of your child's journey and allows children to relive with their families all their experiences at Beacon Street.
Daily interactions are recorded and shared with families through an online app, Storypark, which can also be shared with other family members or friends.
More information on the Early Years Learning Framework is also available here.
In 2016, all our outdoor play spaces were redone to incorporate a wealth of natural materials, including trees, shrubs, sand, rock and wood. This encourages children to be curious about their natural environment, stimulates their creativity and imagination and allows for a hands-on experiential immersion in their environment.
The Centre has a well established link with Livingston Gardens Aged Care, with the children spending time with the residents on reciprocal fortnightly visits.
The children are also a regular feature in the community, with frequent excursions to the local shops, library and post office.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
An in-house chef prepares fresh meals daily using a rotating four-week menu. All dietary needs are catered for, with special meals prepared for children who may have dietary restrictions.
Beacon Street Children's Centre is a Sunsmart centre, with hats and sunscreen provided to all children when they are doing activities outdoors between September and March.
Health and nutrition forms a regular part of the curriculum also, where the children are encouraged to think about the foods they are eating and the importance of physical activity.