The Toddlers at Durack are known as the Kookaburra Group. The children’s ages range from 15 months – 2.5years. The child/staff ratio’s for this group are 1:5 or 2:10.
The toddler stage is very important in a child’s life. It is the time between infancy and childhood when a child learns and grows in many ways. Everything that happens to a toddler is meaningful. With each stage or skill the child masters, a new stage begins. This growth is unique to each child, as each individual has their own timetable.
During the toddler stage, children learn to walk, talk, solve problems, relate to others and more. One major task for the toddler is to learn independence. That is why toddlers want to do things for themselves, have their own ideas about how things should happen and use ‘no’ many times each day. Staff programme lots of interesting experiences to support toddlers need to explore their environment.
Toddlers sometimes get frustrated because they do not have the language skills to express themselves. Often they have difficulty separating themselves from parents and other people who are important to them. Staff build a caring relationship and trust with the toddlers to help the separation process become easier for both child and parents.
When a child begins to show interest in toilet training, staff are only too happy to support the child and parent with this stage of development.
Junior Kindy Room
The Junior Kindy room at Durack are known as the Koala Group. The children’s ages range from 2.5 years – 3.5 years. The child/staff ratio’s for this group are 1:8 or 2:16.
In the Koala room the children are encouraged to develop their self help skills and be independent. Toileting is an individual experience for all children and each child’s toileting experience is individualised. We try to continue the practices that are happening at home to provide continuity for the child. Toilet Training is a positive experience and all efforts are praised. Staff will supervise the children in toilets, not only to offer help but to ensure appropriate hygiene practices are adhered to. Children are encouraged to use the toilet as much as possible and toileting is programmed into the daily routine.
The children are given many opportunities and educational experiences to learn and develop a better understanding of the world around them.
Senior Kindy Room
The Senior Kindy room at Durack are known as the Possum Group. The children’s ages range from 3 years – 4 years. The child/staff ratio’s for this group are 1:12 or 2:21.
We have introduced the Emergent Curriculum as a trial and a new means of programming into the kindy room. It is a programme that happens in conjunction with the individual child and encourages the children to make choices and work along with their own ideas. The children have the opportunity to self select and to be an intricate part of the programme. We feel that children learn best when something is of interest to them.
At this stage of development we work with the individual child so they learn to how use the environment in a positive manner and encourage them to interact with their peers and guide their own behaviour. The children are guided to form an understanding of consequences for actions.
We believe that parents are an essential part of the education of their child and will remain the most important teachers their child will ever have. Staff aim to build positive relations with all families and encourage parental input into the programme.
The Pre-School room at Durack are known as the Platypus Group. The children’s ages range from 4 years – 5 years. The child/staff ratio’s for this group are 1:12 or 2:23.
The staff aim to foster the development of each child through programmes that create a stimulating learning environment and provide for the physical, social, emotional, cognitive (intellectual) and creative aesthetic aspects for each child.
We structure the environment so there is a range of experiences and resources accessible to the children, which challenges them to develop a new skill or practise a recently acquired one. Children enjoy opportunities to make decisions and learn the consequences or their actions. It is believed that children learn better by doing things they enjoy.
The staff show interest in the children’s chosen activities by listening, responding and observing. We are then able to extend and follow these interests with experiences, resources, books, songs, etc.
Staff document plans for the individual and group learning experiences for both indoor and outdoor learning environments. They support the individual’s needs and interests in preparing them for their next step in life, either prep or school.