The learning program at Para Hills Preschool is based on the ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework’. Within This Framework, there are five learning outcomes, designed to capture the integrated and complex learning development of children.

These outcomes are:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity… ‘I am who I am’ – When children feel respected for who they are and have safe, supportive relationships they become motivated and successful learners.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world… ‘I am a great friend’ – Learning is cooperative – we learn from each other and with each other in a variety of environments.  We want children to respect and be actively engaged in play situations and exploring their world.

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing… ‘I am independent’.  Wellbeing involves children’s emotional and physical wellbeing.  For children to build a solid emotional wellbeing, they need to be resilient.  A strong sense of wellbeing allows children to take risks, make mistakes and be able to think for themselves. Physical wellbeing encompasses the physical skills needed to be able to learn and the ability to take responsibility for managing their own health, hygiene and safety.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners… ‘I am curious, inquisitive and eager to learn’ – Learning is about taking a risk, investigating, experimenting, problem solving and discovering something new.  To take risks, children need to feel confident in themselves and secure in their environment. When children feel confident, they develop positive attitudes to learning, take responsibility, rise to the challenge and extend their thinking and knowledge.

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators… ‘I can express myself’ – Communication is central to all learning. To effectively communicate how they feel and what they think, children need to be engaged in and practise all forms of communication.

We use the Early Years Learning Framework to provide an environment which develops knowledge, skills and attitudes through structured and unstructured activities that meet individual needs.  Staff program on a fortnightly basis – usually with a specific focus or interest.