The Kurrajong Room has 26 positions each day for children aged 3.5 to 5 years of age and 3 educators; including a Diploma Qualified Senior Educator and Certificate III trained Assistant Senior Educator.
Staff provide an environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials. Children work individually or in small groups much of the time. Routines are planned as learning experiences to help children gain confidence and become skilled and independent. Each child is viewed as unique and the program and staffs' interactions are responsive to individual differences in ability and interests. Different levels of ability, development and learning styles are expected, accepted and used to design appropriate activities. In turn, these activities develop the children's self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning. Children are provided with many opportunities to develop social skills such as cooperating, helping, negotiating and talking with others to help solve problems.
Staff facilitate the development of self-control in children by using positive guidance. Strategies include role modelling, redirection to more productive play and setting clear limits. Staff's expectations match and respect children's developing capabilities and positive social interactions are encouraged at all times. Staff work in partnership with families, communicating regularly to build mutual understanding and respect and greater consistency for children.