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Programs

 

At AELC we value the role that play holds in our program. We share the opportunity for play between the  indoor and outdoor environments and cherish opportunities where children from different groups  occasionally share play spaces. Our environments are referred to as ‘the third teacher’ (Loris  Mulaguzzi 1998) as educators create setups and spaces, which delight, entice, provoke and stimulate  inquisitiveness for children’s exploration. Interactions with teachers, educators, others and the  environment create an early childhood setting for dynamic learning.

The duration of each term follows the same schedule as a primary school.

The Kindergarten is closed for public holidays and term breaks.

Our Programs

3-Year Old Kindergarten Programs (Koalas & Kangaroos)

 

 

At AELC we follow a play-based curriculum for our two three year old groups – the Kangaroos and the Koalas. Learning through play allows children to investigate topics and further their development in a meaningful way to them. The educators within the three year old rooms facilitate their learning by engaging the children in a variety of activities, responding to their ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. These activities encourage discovery, experimentation, fun and wonder, combining planned experiences and opportunities for spontaneous learning.
 
At AELC, we encourage families to be as involved in the sessions as they are able, lending skills, expertise and contributions from the children’s home life. We believe that this ensures the children and families feel welcome within the centre and we always look forward to building our community of learning.
 

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3 year-old Koala Group 2021
 

There are 22 places within the Koala group and session times are Thursday and Friday from 8.45am to 3.15pm.

3 year-old Kangaroos Group 2021
 

There are 22 places within the Kangaroos group and session times are Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am to 3.00pm.

Eligibility
 

  • Children must turn three no later than 30 April in the year of attendance

  • Children must turn three before they can begin attending the program

  • A place can only be held for a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten, and if full fees are paid in advance, from the beginning of the year to the date of commencement​

Enrolment
 

Limited spaces available for 2021 and applications are now being accepted.

​4-Year Old Kindergarten Program 

(Wombats & Possums)

 

At AELC we strongly believe every child's year of kindergarten is special, and should be treated as such. It is full of wonder and curiosity. We strive to build on this curiosity, and to promote a love of learning in meaningful experiences. We believe play is the most significant way for children to learn and we provide a stimulating program that is responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities. We aim to foster children's development of positive relationships with their peers and to build on their emerging independence. Our goal is to prepare children in all aspects of development so they are ready for school, and for life. 

The 4 year old program includes weekly dance classes (taught by an external teacher) and several incursions throughout the course of the year. Some of our most popular incursions include a mobile Petting Farm, Living Eggs, Captain Trash, Drama Toolbox, African Drumming, Museum Dinosaurs and Fossils etc.

4 year-old Possums Group 2021
 

There are 22 places within the Possum group and session times are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 3.00pm.

4 year-old Wombat Group 2021
 

There are 22 places within the Wombat group and session times are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.45am to 3.15pm.

Eligibility
 

  • Children must turn four no later than 30 April in the year of attendance

  • Children turning six in the year of attendance and those wishing to enter school before they reach the eligible age must request an exemption from the Directorate of School Education

  • A place can only be held for a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten, and if full fees are paid in advance, from the beginning of the year to the date of commencement​

Enrolment
 

Limited spaces available for 2021 and applications are now being accepted.

Our programs have been deliberately designed to:

  • celebrate the identity and individuality of all children

  • promote resilience 

  • facilitate a strength-based program 

  • encourage growth and independence 

  • nurture positive social interactions 

  • harness curiosity 

  • support learning which is child or educator initiated

  • enrich the learning through play 

  • give children space to grow 

  • promote a sense of belonging to a community 

  • facilitate children’s development to the next stage of education

  • aim for high expectations of education, care, and service

  • show empathy 

  • help children recognise, regulate, and express emotions

  • support children’s development of physical strength and ability

  • acknowledge cultural and physical differences 

  • build children’s confidence 

  • to be tolerant 

  • to value others 

  • to encourage communication and understanding 

  • to be inclusive of all in our community 

  • to have fun

For more information about the programs please email enrolments@armadaleelc.vic.edu.au or leave a message on (03) 9509 3187.