Delivering Quality Care and Education
At Astra Early Learning we provide care and education for children from 6 weeks through to school age. We offer a funded kindergarten program for our 4 year old children with our qualified Early Childhood Teacher who runs a school readiness program.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Early Years Learning Framework and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.
The Reggio Emilia Approach was first developed in Italy after World War 2 and has since become known around the world for its progressive approach to teaching.
The Reggio Emilia Approach views young children as curious about the world around them and as capable and confident individuals.
The Reggio Emilia Approach believes children have 100 languages and can explore and express themselves and their feelings. Children have many languages in art, music and role play and are encouraged to use all the different mediums available to them express themselves and develop a love for learning.
Parents are recognised as the child’s first and most influential teacher and it is believed that parents and educators should work collaboratively in the child’s learning process for the best outcomes to be achieved. We can do this on our in-house APP, where we share live updates throughout the day of everything your child is doing. From what they have eaten, to photos of what they are engaging in. The app is a great way for you to collaborate with our educators about your child’s learning.
The environment is considered the third teacher in the Reggio Emilia Approach. Significant emphasis is placed on the set up and materials in the environment. Materials are thoughtfully added to the space to promote creativity, thinking, questioning, problem solving and play. It is believed that if the environment is beautiful it will support children’s learning, concentration and exploration. Where possible natural resources are sourced to provide a calmer space for the children.
Project work with children is an important part of our approach. Each room will have at least one project occurring at any given time, where the children are investigating and delving deeper into an interest they have. The project will allow children to use their 100 languages.
To ensure that our children get the very best education we have specialist teachers visit every week and run additional programs at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU. These include:
- Music and movement
- Science / STEM
Our qualified Kindergarten Teacher also runs a Beach Kinder Program and a Bush Kinder Program along with our School Readiness Program.
Our children also learn French, Italian and Spanish and practice daily mindfulness, yoga and wellbeing.
Safety and security is a priority at Astra Early Learning and as such we have security coded entrances and video monitoring systems to ensure our environment is secure at all times.