|Heritage College provides every child with a learning environment that focuses on exploration, discovery, imagination and creativity, underpinned with our core values of Excellence, Resilience, Respect, and Service. It’s a great start for your child.
|Our kindergarten program develops each child by allowing them to take ‘calculated risks’ and learn through play-based experiences, building on their resilience and wellbeing for holistic learning.
We believe that strong connections between the early learning centre, school, family and community are integral to a child’s learning and development. We welcome and encourage parent involvement and actively promote our parent connection.
At Heritage College, each child is nurtured, supported and included. Our centre provides an environment where a love of learning is encouraged, health and safety is prioritised and parent partnerships are embraced.
EXPLORATIVE PLAY, INDOORS AND OUT
We develop each child by providing opportunities to engage in a variety of learning opportunities, through both indoor and outdoor play. Learning includes exploring the natural environment that surrounds the college, as well as ‘bush kinder’ experiences.
During the weekly bush kinder outings in term two and three, there are interactions with water, dirt, rocks, logs and trees, which foster a natural and holistic development of each child, including important social and emotional skills. Bush kinder affords a range of challenging and engaging experiences, to climb, hop, run, explore and take calculated risks to develop their sense of self and how they fit into the world around them.
During each kinder session, group times are run on the mat at least three times a day. Songs are sung, nutritious healthy snacks are prepared from fresh fruit and vegetables for morning and afternoon tea and each child brings their own healthy lunchbox for lunchtime.
Both indoors and outdoors, the program is developed to incorporate a balance of structured and unstructured free-play, which allows children to develop and learn at their own pace. ‘Encounters with Jesus’ is also an integral part of our day and is embedded into the program in a variety of ways to nurture each child’s spiritual development.
PART OF THE BIGGER COLLEGE FAMILY
The kinder cohort integrates to college life throughout the year with involvement in chapel services and orientation days. In doing so, the children become familiar with primary school staff, other students and the campus grounds.
At the end of the kinder year it can be an emotional time as many kinders operate as stand-alone centres, and each family goes their separate ways into nearby schools in the area. However as the Early Learning Centre is a key part of the greater Officer Campus, the end of the kinder year is a time for celebration and looking forward to seeing friends on campus in the coming year. The prep transition program incorporates each child has class time with the prep on-campus teachers for the year ahead. This ensures that the children settle into, and become acquainted with their environment. Surrounded by friends and familiar faces, the children transition remarkably well to their first year in prep.
The end of year program concludes with ‘presentation night’ in Term 4, where friends and family are encouraged to watch the kinder children perform a special Christmas-themed number and participate in a special graduation ceremony.
Here’s what families have to say about Heritage College Early Learning Centre: