Learning

For the active young minds at play in our centre, we understand that every experience is one of learning.

Our approach to learning is influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, play-based learning and The Early Years Learning framework. Our areas of learning extend across 
our indoor and outdoor program, and 
from one-on-one support to large group sessions. All learning leads to our structured Preschool program which prepares each child for school and beyond.

Reggio Emilia

At Kinfolk, the Reggio Emilia approach to learning informs our values and our daily practice. 

This approach consists of a strong image of children, adults, education and life all flowing from a set of guiding principles.

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Indoor/Outdoor

The Kinfolk indoor-outdoor program is a fundamental part of our curriculum.

We want children to move freely around their environment. This embraces a play-based learning approach, and caters to individual needs by allowing children to find a space where they feel a sense of belonging.

At Kinfolk, children are encouraged to make a connection with the natural environment and begin to learn about the world around them.

Pre-School

Nurturing a child’s innate potential, unique personality, and preparedness for school is essential during pre-school years.

Kinfolk offers a rich, stimulating and structured preschool program for three-year-olds and four-year-olds. Our NSW government-approved preschool program is led by a fully qualified and experienced preschool teacher, in line with the Early Years Learning Framework.

As part of our preschool program, children are exposed to meaningful learning experiences that prepare them for school and for life as members of the community.

Throughout the preschool program we continue our philosophy of attending to the needs of each individual child.

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Enrichment Programs

Enrichment programs are specialised areas of learning that are offered to enhance the educational program at Kinfolk. They are aligned with Kinfolk’s holistic philosophy and core values of wellbeing, learning, community and environment. Enrichment programs include sustainability, music and movement, community arts and social and emotional learning (SEL).

Sustainability – At Kinfolk, we value the importance of living sustainably for the planets environmental health. We recognise the learning and development benefits experienced when children interact with and care for their natural environment and develop empathy for other living things. Children are encouraged to explore their inherent connection to nature through programs such as worm farms, composting, community gardening and recycling.

Music and Movement – Research shows that music and movement activities support learning and development in early childhood. Specific findings link incorporation of music and movement activities to the social, emotional and physical development in children. our small music and movement sessions offer engaging multi-sensory experiences that promote creativity and fun in small group settings.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – SEL is recognised as a critical from birth to support children’s wellbeing. SEL includes skills such as listening, sharing, empathy, taking turns and dealing with feelings of fear, anger and sadness, and ability to solve problems. The Kinfolk SEL program is an evidence based, structured mental health and wellbeing initiative with a focus on promotion and prevention.

Community Arts – At Kinfolk we acknowledge the value of children engaging in creative arts and recognise this as central to the Reggio Emilia Philosophy. our community arts program draws on the rich pool of local artists within the Albury Wodonga Community. We seek to make connections with these artists and to engage them to provide creative opportunities for the children, and to enhance the connection that Kinfolk has to the local arts community.

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