“To Know and Understand”
Knowing is not the same as understanding and at kindergarten your child will be offered the opportunity to engage their thinking skills to truly learn and understand themselves and the greater world in which they live.
At Kindergarten your child will grow socially and emotionally. Their ability to think, use and recognise language and their fine motor skills will be developed through play, art, dance, music, movement and interacting with others. Your child will become an effective learner as they develop and extend their communication skills, build their self-confidence, learn to self-regulate their emotions, and develop executive function skills to promote successful transition to school and beyond.
Children: A Precious Trust
The King David Kindergarten respects children as individuals, cherishing each child and family’s diverse culture, values, and experiences. We aim to provide a safe, equitable and accepting learning environment that reflects and enriches the lives of children and their families.
The Kindergarten aims to support and build upon children’s holistic growth and be supportive in a sensitive and responsive way that dignifies their family’s culture, needs and abilities.
We believe in the importance of promoting strong communication skills as this enriches social learning and awareness. Teachers and educators encourage children to develop their language skills in a variety of ways, including supporting their learning in more than one language, acknowledging that the early years is an optimal time for multiple language acquisition.
Children thrive in an environment where they can practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics; science and social and emotional development and work towards learning outcomes as identified by educators in consultation with families.
Strengths that emerge through creative play such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, persistence and reflexivity are carefully nurtured and supported so that they can become part of a child’s lifelong attitudes towards learning and being.
Employing current research in brain development, teachers carefully plan learning programs that explicitly teach executive functioning skills to support children to reach their full learning potential, setting them up to be more successful later on in school and life.
Naturally occurring and flexible opportunities within our indoor and outdoor learning environments encourage and inspire children to imaginatively explore experiment, invent, question, and solve problems. We focus on sensitively recognising, celebrating and extending on what unfolds for each child with open-ended play experiences.
Parents: The First Educators
At The King David Kindergarten we work together in partnership with our families. Partnerships are developed over time as our early childhood teachers and educators recognize that families are children’s first and most influential teachers. As both parties unite and collaborate knowledge while exploring learning potentials, we are able to foster individual needs, learn to value diversity, encourage a love of learning, self-confidence, responsibility, a positive outlook on life and most importantly respect for themselves and others.
Our teachers and educators believe in building a close, trusting and reciprocal relationship with parents prior to commencing of Kindergarten. Educators use a variety of data collection methods to assess individual learning that reflects and analyses observations and goals.
But the most important role parents can play is to be there for their child; supporting and embracing their ongoing development, and their search for knowledge and self-expression.
Early Childhood Professionals: The Role of the Educator
Early Childhood Educators are supported in sharing a joint commitment and responsibility to provide the very best for children entrusted to their care.
We recognise that each educator brings fundamental personal qualities to the Kindergarten environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning. The Kindergarten strives to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education within our community. Educators are encouraged to engage with professional development in current research and practise, as well as participate in a mentoring program to reflect on their pedagogy.
Our Community: Relationships and Connections
Kindergarten children have direct access to the Junior School (Prep – Year 5) and regularly join with older students for special occasions, Library and chaggim (Jewish festival celebrations).
The King David Kindergarten extends learning from beyond the classroom walls to include a worldly perspective in each child’s learning, hosting celebrations such as grandparents day, incursions with animal programs, excursions to explore new places and other family involvement.