Our curriculum is guided by the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) as well as many other Early Childhood teaching theories and curriculum perspectives. All staff contribute to the program as lead by the children’s interests.
We have a contemporary and inclusive Jewish Early Learning program interwoven in our curriculum. Topics include Shabbat, Chanukah, Passover, Purim, Tu Bish'vat, Rosh Hashanah, and Sukkot.
We believe that children develop at their own pace and in their own time. This is why we offer daily programs that reflect a calm, relaxed and unrushed environment for growing and learning.
We help children reach their full potential by providing enriching, meaningful and real opportunities for learning and development through emergent educational programs. We promote an environment of mutual respect, school readiness and a love of learning.
We believe that children learn as they explore, discover, make, create and imagine. We value constructive play as a tool for learning through our natural environments.
School Transition and Contemporary Early Learning
As your child moves through their early years, the transition to formal schooling is one of their most significant milestones. Preparing your child for the transition to school and their future doesn’t just happen in the year before school, it happens from the day they are born. Through the Apples & Honey’s contemporary Early Learning Curriculum, we scaffold children’s learning through a wide range of experiences that set them up for lifelong learning.
Our educational program encompasses literacy, numeracy, science, art, music and language and has a focus on social and emotional development. Through intentional learning and play, children are guided by their natural interests and curiosities, while being supported by educators who encourage children to make meaningful connections to real world – not by learning through repetition and isolated recognition of numbers and letters. In this way, literacy and numeracy skills are integrated into daily experiences. Literacy skills are encouraged at every opportunity, including alphabet yoga, playing with words and enjoying stories at preschool. Similarly, numeracy learning abounds in daily experiences by modelling mathematics as a meaningful and logical way to understand and relate to materials, for example counting and measuring in cooking.
Our daily program is structured around a combination of informal and formal (structured group time) experiences and interactions. Each day, the educators use both indoor and outdoor environments to provide opportunities for the children to play, learn and explore.
Daily experiences available include construction, reading books, drawing, painting, play dough, puzzles, pretend play, sand play, water play, climbing, balancing, ball games and gardening.
Within our program, children have the opportunity to participate in:
- Sport - provided by Ready Steady Go Kids for an additional cost
- Yoga and meditation
- Music and dance
- Daily cooking
- Excursions and Incursions
Regular opportunities to cook are a highlight of the preschool week, especially on Fridays in preparation for the Jewish festival of Shabbat. The smell of fresh bread baking in the preschool kitchen is a particular delight for both children and teachers.
Music experiences are another highlight of the preschool week as the children come together to learn new songs and get their bodies moving.
Throughout the year, we observe a range of cultural festivals. Jewish festivals take on special significance at Apples & Honey, and we link these celebrations to other cultures and values that can be shared by all. We love celebrating special events such as Chinese New Year, Harmony Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Families are also welcome to share and organise celebrations with the children, including birthdays, and other festivals and traditions.
Each Friday, the children have the opportunity to honour the Jewish festival of Shabbat. Rabbi Nicole from North Shore Temple Emanuel comes to visit, bringing songs and stories. This is a weekly highlight for many of the children.
Preschool days also offer children daily opportunities to collaborate, negotiate, create and play with others. Teachers are always nearby to support children as they learn these essential life skills.
Above all, we ensure the children are continually making steps forward with their learning about themselves, others, and the world, putting them in good stead for life within and beyond preschool.