Our Approach

At Sunnyside Kindergarten we use a Reggio Emilia approach to meet the objectives outlined in the Early Years Learning and Development Framework. We also draw on several other educational theories to inform our practice.

Early Years Learning and Development Framework

The framework consists of five outcomes:

  1. Indentity: Children have a strong sense of identity
  2. Community: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  3. Wellbeing:  Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  4. Learning: Children are confident and involved learners
  5. Communication: Children are effective communicators

The outcomes are holistic and marry well with the Reggio Emilia approach.

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is named after the town in Italy in which it originated. It is an inquiry based approach to learning that provides children with varied and meaningful opportunities to experiment with their theories and ideas, both individually and in the social setting. The explorations are student led and teacher guided to promote a relevant and in-depth exploration of the concepts. In a Reggio Emilia learning environment children learn meaningful skills that support them through their future education and life.

Key Ideas

Program Planning

Planning is done fortnightly and the planning documents are on display for parents to view at drop off and pick up times.   Some experiences are ongoing and will continue or be extended and enhanced with new materials. The planning reflects the children’s interests, needs, abilities and the objectives outlined in the Early Learning and Development framework.