The Stones Corner Community Kindergarten programme follows the Australian Government’s The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being & Becoming.
It is Australia’s first National Early Years Learning Framework for early childhood educators.The aim of the document is to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school.
Aligning closely within this the Australian framework is C&K’s Building Waterfalls – A Living and Learning Curriculum.
It is C&K’s unique curriculum. Both documents support the goal that all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, active and informed citizens and contribute to Australia’s commitment for improved outcomes for Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children.
Building Waterfalls captures the essence of C&K and provides educators with an approach that complements the Early Years Learning Framework.
Building Waterfalls is informed by beliefs and principles, shaped over 104 years, communicated across four interrelated ways of thinking referred to as currents of thought:
It recognises the value and richness of play as a catalyst for children’s learning and their ongoing engagement in meaningful experiences.
Play is a vital part of every child’s life and is the way they make sense of their world. It is the basic ingredient for learning, develops new skills and stimulates intellectual growth.
When children play they approach experiences with interest, ownership, empowerment and possibility.
Play allows children to make sense of real-life situations, to develop awareness of themselves and others, to explore, investigate and experiment and to be actively involve in learning.
Play allows children to develop self-confidence, express their ideas and feelings in many different ways, inhabit imagined situations, collaborate with others, develop relationships, consolidate previous learning and be challenged in new learning.
Groundbreaking research, the Early Years Study commissioned by the Government of Ontario, Canada concluded:
‘Play-based problem-solving with other children and an adult is an early learning strategy that has a crucial effect on early brain development and should be the format for children entering the school system.’