Capalaba Kindergarten

Our Curriculum

A Home-like Environment

Our educators play a vital role in fostering the holistic development of young children, focusing not only on their academic growth but also their physical, social and emotional well-being.

Through a child-led and play-based approach,  we aim to create an environment that nurtures children’s curiosity, creativity, and natural inclination towards learning, supporting them in becoming confident and competent lifelong learners.

Pre Kindergarten

Our Junior Kindy Program has a maximum of 22 children, aged 2.5 years old to 4. Usually run by 3-4 educators. 

Kindergarten

Our Kindy program has a maximum of 27 children, aged 4 years old to 5. Usually run by 2-3 educators. 

Our approved Kindergarten program, led by a qualified early childhood teacher, is designed to meet government guidelines for quality early childhood education and offered five days a week for 48 weeks from 7am to 4pm, with a focus on holistic, play-based learning. 

We are proud to offer a lower child to adult ratio across our programs. Our educators can build stronger relationships with each child, fostering a sense of trust, security and attachment. It also allows for more individualised learning experiences and attention, leading to improved outcomes for children.

Parents’ satisfaction is also increased knowing that there is increased safety, higher quality of care and improved relationships.

A Safe and Loving Environment

Our day is organised around routines and rituals that create a meaningful and memorable experience for children that promotes a sense of belonging.
 
These routines and rituals can help children feel valued, connected, and secure, fostering a positive sense of self and a strong sense of belonging
 
Our morning song and yarning circle are used in combination to create a positive and inclusive environment for communication and connection. 
 
We conclude the day with a farewell song to provide a sense of stability and security, and to serve as a transition tool signalling that it’s time to say goodbye. 
 
We incorporate meditation, yoga and rhythm and movement for self regulation to boost physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We find that these strategies promote mindfulness and self-regulation.
 
Children can become more self-aware, and develop better impulse control. 

Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director, and the actor in his own play.” – Magda Gerber 

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A Natural Wonderland

At Capalaba Kindergarten, we recognise the value of play as the most fundamental form of learning, and we consider the environment as the ‘third teacher’, providing our children with flexible learning spaces that allow for self-exploration and connection to their surroundings, building their problem-solving skills, decision-making abilities, and fostering their creativity, imaginative thinking, complex vocabulary, cause and effect, number relationships, structures, social skills, and healthy living habits.

At Capalaba Kindy, we are also known as Tree Kindy. 

Learning takes place predominantly outdoors, providing children with the opportunity to play, explore, and learn in natural environments, regardless of the weather conditions, empowering them to discover and learn in a deeper, more dynamic, and holistic way, and is also referred to as forest kindergarten, outdoor kindy, or nature school.

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“Here is the Land, Here is the Sky, Here is the Sea, Here are my Friends and Here am I”

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Some of our activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in creative activities using natural objects such as rocks, sticks, and leaves
  • Learning about the importance of plants and trees in the environment and society
  • Observing the relationship between the earth and the sky, including changes in weather patterns
  • Noticing the gradual changes in nature throughout different seasons
  • Exploring the diverse ecosystem that is supported by the wilderness
  • Identifying and learning about local plants and animals
  • Embarking on imaginative adventures and expeditions
  • Practicing open-ended play with loose parts and memory games
  • Using role play and available resources to create imaginative games
  • Building shelters and other structures from natural materials found in the environment
  • Counting and identifying patterns in natural objects
  • Listening to stories, singing songs and rhymes related to nature
  • Creating art using natural materials or arranging them to form images
  • Climbing trees and engaging in active outdoor play
  • Engaging in self-reflection, rest and meditation in a natural environment.

 

Our Tree Kindy Program, also referred as Play On Country, provides a wealth of opportunities for children to engage with nature and develop important skills through hands-on, experimental learning.

Children are encouraged to explore and learn about the natural world around them. The possibilities are endless, and the focus is on fostering a sense of wonder and connection to nature

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