Our Programming

Our educational program embraces the practices and principles of the nationally approved Early Years Learning Framework. Guided by this framework, children learn through their play and the intentional/responsive teaching practices of our educators.

The Early Years Learning Framework

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Belonging

Belonging shapes who children are and who they become. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.

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Being

Being is ‘a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world’. It is not only about the ‘future’ but about ‘now’, letting the children understand and know who they are and how they fit within the complexities and challenges of everyday life.

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Becoming

Becoming is about the events and experiences that shape a child’s identity as they learn and grow and become more confident communicators.

The Early Years Framework

Children are encouraged to make choices and take part in activities while having fun. A variety of individual and group activities, indoor and outdoor experiences are encouraged through the opportunity of spontaneous play. Children are made to feel safe and secure, promoting their natural curiosity and desire to explore their environment.

The Framework aims to provide all children with the opportunity to experience play-based learning that is engaging and develops the dispositions for children to become lifelong learners.

Fundamental to the framework is a view of children’s lives characterised by belonging, being and becoming.

The Early Years Framework

Children are encouraged to make choices and take part in activities while having fun. A variety of individual and group activities, indoor and outdoor experiences are encouraged through the opportunity of spontaneous play. Children are made to feel safe and secure, promoting their natural curiosity and desire to explore their environment.

The Framework aims to provide all children with the opportunity to experience play-based learning that is engaging and develops the dispositions for children to become lifelong learners.

Fundamental to the framework is a view of children’s lives characterised by belonging, being and becoming.

What's involved in our curriculum

The curriculum includes regular visits from community groups and role models such as members of the Fire and Ambulance services, Police, Dental, as well as cultural groups, mobile animal farms, dance productions, musicians etc.

As part of the curriculum, we also organise off site excursions (with families’ permission) to community events, cultural experiences or walks around the local neighborhood. This encourages an awareness of the child’s local community, whilst helping them recognise similarities and differences in their lives and the lives of others around them.

We pride ourselves in incorporating sustainable practices into our curriculum such as growing vegetables, recycling, composting and worm farming.

Our Programs are delivered in partnership with our educators, families, community and are receptive to each child’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities.

An innovative, child-focussed curriculum

With caring, experienced educators and a diverse curriculum of play-based learning activities, we provide a memorable, enjoyable educational experience for all children. Our emphasis is on family, community, culture and place; the starting point for a child’s ongoing pathway to rich and successful learning outcomes.

Hear from families who have attended our Stepping Stone Childcare & Early Development Centres

My daughter has been going here for a bit over 2 years and we love it. The staff genuinely care about the children like they would their own. Highly recommend

Vicki Porter
Aberfoyle Park Centre

It takes a lot for parents to leave their child with strangers but hearing the amazing feedback from other families in our area we couldn’t have chosen somewhere better to help raise, shape and most importantly educate our little guy to be the best he possibly can.

Michael
Tea Tree Gully Centre

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