Educational Program

The educators of Winston Mall Children’s Centre gain a holistic view of each child by collating observations, routine forms, enrolment forms and family input.

When documenting children’s learning, educators are aware of each child’s strengths, interests and abilities, which are reflected within the program for each classroom environment. Anecdotal observations, photo records and learning stories are most commonly used in the documentation process and are then displayed in children’s portfolios for reflection.

 

A tracking sheet is used to keep an ongoing record of all documentation to ensure children are observed regularly and equally.

  • Gathering information is also about developing close relationships with families and children in order to allow educators to assess interest and abilities. Speaking to parents allows educators to gage the rapidly changing interests of young children.
  • Educators use investigations to follow children’s interests and plan further experiences using webs. Webbing such investigations is a way of documenting children’s current knowledge and what they may wish to learn more about. Children are involved in the planning process and encouraged to create their own learning experiences through discussion and hypothesising.
  • The program has been devised to reflect the Early Years Learning Framework and the Philosophy of Winston Mall Children’s Centre, with both spontaneous and intentional teaching experiences being documented. Children’s abilities and skills are recorded with consideration to the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Educators also link children’s development to their knowledge of theories and texts. Spontaneous experiences may develop from conversations with children or families, observations of children in play and routines.
  • Educators are aware of children’s different learning styles and apply techniques to incorporate them into the daily routine.