Daily Routine

8.45 am Outdoor Session
10.30 am Group Session 1: (Music and Movement)
10.50 am Morning Tea
11.10 am Inside Session
12.30 pm Group Session 2: (Language)
12.50 pm Lunch
1.15 pm Relaxation followed by Quiet Play
2.45 pm End of the Kindy day

Please note

  • Times are approximate
  • Our program is flexible in response to the children’s interests, needs and the weather.

What to Bring

  • Sheet – Measuring 140 x 72 cm, clearly labelled with child’s name.  The bottom sheet needs to be fitted with thick elastic sewn approximately 30 cm from the corners, diagonally across the four corners.  The top sheet needs to be sewn to the bottom end of the lower sheet to be pulled up by the child.
  • Sheet Bag – Measuring approximately 50 x 50 cm, with drawstring in top, made of fabric and labelled with child’s name.  A large sheet bag is necessary to allow for sheets and a blanket in winter.
  • Library Bag – Measuring approximately 30 x 40 cm, with a drawstring in top, made of fabric and labelled with child’s name.
  • Morning Tea – Some healthy options include: fruit, yoghurt, vegetable sticks, cheese & crackers or non-sweetened biscuits
  • Lunch – Sandwiches or other nutritious food.  Please clearly label all lunch boxes and containers.   A small stackable lunch box would be appreciated (no insulated lunch boxes please).
  • Hat – Your child must wear a hat for outdoor play even on dull days, so send your child’s clearly labelled hat each day.  It is a good idea to keep a hat in your child’s bag at all times. Hats can be hung on the children’s hat rack during the week and taken home on the last Kindy day for your child. A legionnaire or broad brimmed hat which protects the face, neck, ears and crown of the head is essential.
  • Spare Set of Clothes – Placed in a bag, clearly labelled and left in your child’s bag.
  • A Drink Bottle Clearly labelled.  This will go home every day and is to contain water only.  It is very important that the children have their water bottles each day.  It is preferable if you can provide a drink bottle with a cap or lid please.
  • A box of tissues – To be distributed throughout the room during the year.

Beginning at Kindergarten

Beginning at Kindy

Starting at Kindergarten is an exciting, but sometimes daunting challenge for children.  Children are learning to: build new relationships, separate from parents and families for large parts of the day, learn new skills and processes, and develop independence.

Our role is to encourage and support you and your child on this journey.

Clothing and shoes

We encourage children to wear comfortable and safe clothing and shoes, appropriate to the weather and activities during their day at kindergarten.

Clothing needs to be sun safe (i.e. shirts and dresses need to have sleeves to protect children’s shoulders). They also need comfortable clothes that allow children to develop self help skills for dressing and undressing.

Child Portfolios

Documenting your child’s learning

When we stop to ask children what they think, the possibilities abound. Not only are they active seekers of knowledge but also ardent, and sometimes surprising, carriers of knowledge.

At Beerwah Kindy our university qualified teachers strive to make this knowledge visible to you by capturing your child’s learning and thinking in portfolios.

Portfolios are more than a memory or keepsake of your child’s time at Beerwah Kindy. Not only do they provide an insight into your child’s learning, they also make the quality of our teaching practice visible to you.

Portfolios provide children with an opportunity to revisit and reflect on past experiences; record their learning, including their emerging literacy and numeracy skills as it occurs in our rich, socially responsive and interactive learning spaces; and provide our teachers with the knowledge they need to ensure your child’s time with us is full of wonder and possibility.

Through careful observation and documentation, teachers gather information to determine the appropriate amount of challenge to offer your child in order to further enhance their skills, abilities and comprehension. Observation and documentation forms the foundation for additional experiences to be planned, and provides crucial information for the environment to be arranged to extend learning. As an understanding of your child grows through observation, teachers are able to plan for interactions that best support your child’s interests, needs, ideas and questions.

The use of documentation methods, such as individual child portfolios, allows teachers to gain an in-depth understanding of your child’s development in action. The use of concrete illustrations through the inclusion of photos and work samples provides a unique opportunity for focused discussion between you and the teachers. This allows for deeper partnerships to grow and for shared goal setting to occur.

Parents and guardians are invited to discuss the experiences provided as part of our learning program and the goals to be achieved through our program.

Please ask the Nominated Supervisor or Teacher for more detailed information about your child’s development, how we will provide opportunities to foster your child’s development and our underpinning philosophy of learning that informs our program.

Birthdays

We acknowledge the importance of special occasions such as birthdays in a child’s life and invite you to celebrate your child’s birthday at Beerwah Kindergarten. Should you wish to do this, please provide patty cakes for all the children to share.

You may wish to provide alternative celebration foods such as ice blocks, fruit platters etc.

If your family has a specific religious or cultural belief, please talk with your teacher.