At Marino Early Learners we are clearly focused on providing a rigorous education program that prepares children for school. Our Education Program offers both structured and play based learning. It is child based with clearly defined objectives linked to Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia .
Belonging, Being and Becoming describes the principles , practices and learning outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. EYLF is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
At Marino Early Learners, we have designed our education program under the guidance of EYLF and inspired by the Reggio Emilio approach to support, enhance, extend and enrich children’s development, provide opportunities for children to build a foundation for knowledge and for children to become successful learners. We choose play-based learning to achieve the education outcomes. Play enables a connection for children to explore, discover, imagine, develop ideas, interact, communicate and a sense of being, belonging and becoming. Play also provides opportunities for children to connect their thinking and actions which facilitates learning. Play-based learning supports children’s understanding, skills and abilities.
Our educators support and value meaningful play experiences and assess a child’s learning through observations and other means of documentation, through these play experiences.
At Marino Early Learners we provide our children with the opportunity to understand the many cultures that make up Australia. We have a clear focus on Indigenous education, helping children explore the first Australian’s culture through stories, art and song. We also work closely with the community to understand other cultures through celebration, education and Chinese language classes for the children.
Additionally, we have a robust extracurricular program that includes weekly dance lessons, performing arts lessons and craft lessons taught by specialists to ignite each child’s interest.
Explorer Room (Ages 0-2.5 years)
Our educational program for babies and toddlers is focused on physical and language development of the child. Our educators work with the children to develop the understanding of their surrounds, the confidence to explore those surroundings, as well as the motor and fine motor skills needed to drive the development of their own self.
Discoverer Room (Ages 2-3.5 years)
For the younger children in the Discoverer Room our education program focuses on the child’s emotional development and communication skills. Through the gradual introduction of the structures that exist within their lives and free play, the children discover the world around them and how they fit in it.
Adventurer Room (3-5 years)
For the pre-school education program in the Adventurer Room, cognitive development is the focus. In preparation for school we introduce the children to the structures that they can expect as they enter their next level of education, providing structured play, group time as well as the opportunity to embark on the adventure of early literacy and numeracy.