Our Programs

 

NEWS!

‘Exceeding’ National Quality Standards

Nagle Pre School has been assessed against the National Quality Standards by the Department of Education and Training, Quality Assessment and Regulation Division. The National Quality Standards set a national benchmark for the quality of education and care in this sector and includes seven quality areas that are important to outcomes for children. We are thrilled to announce Nagle has been rated as EXCEEDING against these standards. What does this mean for our Bayside community? Nagle Pre-School is providing and continuously aiming to improve an exceptional quality of education and care for your child and family. Read more about the National Quality Framework here: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/national-quality-standard

The programs are guided by the practice, principles and outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and National Quality Standards.

 

  • Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Using careful observations of the individual strengths, needs and interests of each child, we provide a stimulating play based environment.

Long periods of uninterrupted play develop children's concentration skills and their motivation to take responsibility for their own learning. Play helps to develop imagination and creativity, provides a context in which to practice social skills, acts as an outlet for emotional expression, and provides opportunities to improve fine motor and gross motor skills and maintain physical health.

The children are given many opportunities to develop early maths, science and literacy skills, along with learning life skills they can use throughout life.

At Nagle we recognise the importance of working with families and value their involvement in the program.

4 Year Old Program

We have two groups, both of which attend for 15 hours per week. The children come for two full days, 8.30am until 4pm.

The program is complimented with a fortnightly specialist music session. Through music, children learn to hear tempos, dynamics, and melodies. Listening for loud and soft, up and down, fast and slow encourages auditory development in the brain. Beginning able to discriminate sounds is an important literacy skill. Listening to different types of music nurtures self-esteem and encourages creativity, self-confidence and curiosity.

In 2018, we were successful in our application for a Sandringham Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) Partnership Grant which allows us to connect with our community in a sustained and meaningful way. Both 4 year old groups visit Regis Aged Care in Bay Road, Sandringham on a regular basis through the year (hopefully this will start again in Term 2 2021). We hope to develop relationships between our communities that continue on and become part of our learning about community, inclusion and diversity.

In 2016 Nagle introduced the 4 year old red & blue groups to the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.

The children are introduced to the Chinese language with words, songs and sentences. ELLA is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The children have the opportunity to become more comfortable with different languages early in life so that they stay engaged with language learning in later years. It also helps with understanding of other cultures and respect for diversity.

‘We know that learning another language is a great brain gym for children, and we know in the longer term the more access they have to a second language, they actually do better in school.’ (Professor John Hajek, the University of Melbourne).

It is exciting to see the children engaged with the Chinese language, having the confidence to try the unfamiliar and see them develop their listening skills, memory and concentration.

The 4 year old program also includes opportunities for the children to develop useful gardening and kitchen skills to help them form positive food habits.

3 Year Old Program

Our 3 year old group come for one session a week from 8.30am until 2.30pm this year.

In 2022, our 3 year old kinder program will be changing from 6 to 7 ½ hours in response to the State Government 3 year old kinder funding roll out. Our early childhood teaching team understand every child is different and may need to adjust to a longer day at their own pace. At Nagle, we promote an open door policy and encourage parents to drop off and pick up your child in response to their individual needs. The 3 year old program is tailored to ensure intentional teaching content is delivered in the morning and early afternoon, followed by a more relaxed program later in the afternoon. 

The Department of Education and Training states that research shows that higher numbers of staff to children aged three to five years is associated with important social and learning outcomes, including increased literacy skills and general knowledge. This is further supported by Nagle's 1 educator to 9 children ratio in our 3 year old group.  

At Nagle we provide a friendly, nurturing and stimulating environment where children can learn and develop at their own pace. Our 3 year old program aims to develop children’s confidence, independence, self esteem, thinking skills, social skills and physical development. We offer children a range of indoor and outdoor experiences.

Our play based curriculum includes: creative activities (eg. painting and collage), sensory play (eg. sand, water and play dough), dramatic play (eg. home corner and role play), fine motor (eg. drawing, cutting and construction) /gross motor activities (eg. climbing, throwing, catching and balancing) and imaginative play spaces (eg. fairy tree house). Children are able to interact freely with the environment by exploring, manipulating and experimenting. They learn through investigation and discovery (eg. building a bridge or assembling a jig saw puzzle). Children also learn through interaction with others, developing relationships, communication skills and social skills through play.

In Orange Group the children participate in whole group activities such as games, stories and music (eg. playing instruments, singing and dancing). Through these activities they learn to develop listening skills and consideration / respect for others. Throughout the year we provide special ‘incursions’ where an outside company visits the kindergarten to give a demonstration or provide a fun, educational activity for the group to participate in such as: tooth fairy visits, drama workshops, puppet shows, animal encounters and music / dancing experiences. We communicate regularly with families to ensure that we develop strong ties between kindergarten and home so that the children feel safe, comfortable and supported. Working closely with families also enables us to learn more about their children’s current interests. Our program is flexible and able to be modified to incorporate emerging interests.