Northmead Kindergarten aims to provide children with a fun, friendly, caring and educational environment, which will cater for all children's and families individual needs, interests and differences.
We strive to cater for children with additional needs by continuously wanting to learn how to include these children in our daily programme successfully. We welcome input from their families to aid us with each child’s individual needs. We have ‘go to’ information, such as books and websites to assist us. We also attend available webinars and incursions. We support parents with their needs of any requirements that they may have, with communication with specialists or special care that they are undertaking.
Our programme provides quality care for the group and individual needs of the children and to promote the child's physical, language, social/emotional, creative and intellectual development.
In relation to children’s transition to school, the most important areas are self-help skills, social and emotional development. We believe it is important for children to develop a positive self-image.
This is promoted at Kindy, so that when children make the transition to school, they are doing it with confidence in their own abilities, providing them with the best opportunities for learning, as well as a foundation for life.
We feel that it is important for the children to make choices, be encouraged to be independent and develop a positive self-esteem.
Our Kindy implements a multi-cultural, non-gender bias and anti-bias curriculum. We also have access to Community Services, which aid us to develop a programme that is suitable for children with special and additional needs.
We encourage children to become aware of themselves and others and show acceptance and respect for themselves, their peers, caregivers and the wider community.
The children are also encouraged to care for their environment and equipment at all times.
We advocate a co-operative team approach that requires dedication to fostering positive relationships between staff and children, staff and parents and between all staff members.
We believe that play is one of the most important needs your child has. It is one of the ways children learn and it also helps children to manage their feelings. Play teaches children about relationships and it is one of the important ways that young children can develop good language skills, and can express and work through their feelings. Play helps build relationships, it is the best learning tool for present and future life experiences and is lots of fun.
Northmead Kindergarten encourages and values families input on the centres program and policies.
Our full parent handbook is attached here, please take some time to read this, and become familiar with our kindergarten, that your child will be attending.