Physical Education Program
At Smart Start ELDC physical activity is promoted through planned and spontaneous experiences and is appropriate for each child. Each child is supported to participate in the program. When children are provided with the opportunity to engage in experiences that involve them moving their bodies in different ways they develop confidence in their abilities and are able to express their feelings, ideas and interpretations of the world around them. Regular participation in movement activities supports children’s development in other areas such as balance, hand-eye co-ordination and laterality. The Rivers Kinder and Pre-School children are provided with the opportunity to participate in the PE program every Friday. Children engage in running, throwing, kicking, jumping and other physical movements. The Physical education classes will focus on the children’s spacial awareness, gross motor skills, and coordination skills.
When children engage in music they are able to communicate both verbally and non-verbally and are provided with multiple ways in which they can share and express their feelings and emotions. Through the enjoyment of music children can discover and explore their body, voice and their connection to the world, it offers freedom as it helps children to release, relax and relate. At Smart Start ELDC children are provided with both planned and spontaneous opportunities to engage with music. Geoff our musician visits us on a weekly basis and teaches the children about sound, beat, and rhythm. He provides the children with endless opportunities to learn about the guitar and other musical instruments as well as the opportunity to just enjoy the music.
Incursions & Excursions
Incursions and excursions are incorporated into the program as a reflection of the children’s interests. In the past we have haad animals on the move, chicken egg hatching, puppet shows, African drummers and many more. The Rivers Kinder room and Pre-School room have recently visited the local café for a healthy fruit smoothie as part of the curriculum during nutrition week.
Mealtimes are seen as an opportunity for learning and developing independence. A balanced diet is essential to healthy living and enables children to be active participants in play. Children can experience a range of healthy foods and learn about food choices from educators and other children. Our flexible and progressive meal times enable children to be engaged in continuous periods of play and ensure that each child’s individual needs are met as they make choices about their play and the daily routines. This promotes children’s independence and gives them a sense of autonomy.
Indoor / Outdoor program
Children’s sense of agency is promoted when they are supported to make choices in the program in relation to indoor / outdoor play. Our inviting and natural outdoor environments foster children’s independence, gross motor skills and socials skills. Children’s knowledge, background, culture and experience drive the program through a variety of rich experiences that provide children with the opportunity to engage in open-ended and spontaneous play take risks and explore and discover the natural environment.