"I believe childhood is a unique time of life, it is to be valued and enjoyed". Mirelle Loutfy, Director
The Dulwich Hill Childcare Centre program is based on the fact that the most important years of a child’s brain development and learning patterns occur from infancy to age five. Our curriculum and methodology take advantage of the windows of opportunity in these years to give your child the best start toward a lifetime of learning.
Based on the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and the concept of ‘emergent curriculum’, Dulwich Hill Childcare Centre has designed our children’s program with a focus on the 5 key learning outcomes:
1. Children have a strong sense of identity
2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
4. Children are confident and involved learners
5. Children are effective communicators.
The 5 Learning Outcomes are designed to capture the integrated and complex learning and development of all children across the early childhood age group range.
The Self program has been designed to assist children to understand and manage their feelings as well as identify and respond to the feelings of others.
The Self Program encourages co-operative play and builds confidence for children to explore new challenges, while guiding them to make positive choices and assisting them to reach their full potential.
The Body program has been designed to establish healthy physical activity patterns, as good health and physical wellbeing is fundamental to a child’s ability to develop, learn and grow.
The Body program focuses on both fine and gross motor skills, and it introduces experiences to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, strength and flexibility. We also encourage children to develop independence and take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
The Literacy program has been designed to develop strong language and literacy skills, which include letter identification, phonics, vocabulary, writing skills, pre-reading skills and introduces our children to foreign languages.
Numeracy and mathematics provides children with the opportunity to acquire numeracy skills and learn mathematical concepts, such as identifying numbers, counting with one-to-one correspondence, number value, sorting, matching and classifying different objects and shapes, patterning and sequencing.
The Numeracy and Mathematics program also focuses on science experiments that explore cause and effect as well as construction through a variety of mediums.
The Creativity program provides children with the opportunity to express themselves, their ideas and their world, through a variety of different artistic mediums which include creative arts, dramatic play, music and movement.
Our Planet Earth program provides children with the opportunity to learn about the world and the important role and responsibility they have to care for the environment. Children learn about environmentally sustainable practices through experiences such as recycling, worm farming, composting and urban farming. The Planet Earth program assists children to notice and reflect on their interactions with the physical world.