Our program is divided into three (basically age-based) groups:
0 – 2 Baby Program
2 – 3 Toddler Program
3–4 Pre-Kindy Program
4 – 6 Pre-School Program
For the first time, Australia has a National Early Years' Learning Framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) that can provide support, consistency and status for educators. It has been developed to assist us early childhood educators extend and enrich our children's learning from birth to five years and through their transitions to school. It is also designed to assist us educators to provide our young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning.
The Framework forms the foundation for ensuring that children in all early childhood education and care settings experience quality teaching and learning. It has a specific emphasis on play-based learning and recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.
Our 3-4 age group program is based on a pre-school readiness program, and our pre-school curriculum is based on a school readiness curriculum preparing each child for big school (Kindy).
Here, at Montessori Merrylands we understand how emotional it is for parents to have to leave their children with new faces in particular during the first few weeks. Due to this, we place a great deal of importance on communicating with parents.
We will observe your child's learning so that we can build on it and plan the next steps. We do this by listening, watching and talking to your child. We will keep in touch with you regularly to discuss your child's progress.
We love and welcome every opportunity to speak with our parents face to face, however we understand that this may not always be possible. As a result we encourage parents to make an appointment with their child’s room leader that best suits them to discuss their child’s progress or any concerns they may have. Further, we provide the following means of communication:
Parents provide us with a valuable link to the uniqueness of each individual child. We value our parent input/suggestions into our curriculum and enjoy hearing about special events or weekend activities that may add a unique and different aspect to our daily activities. Please feel free to share and swap information with your child’s room teachers or the Director at any time.
Our centre has an Open Door Policy. We encourage parent involvement, participation and feedback and welcome you to visit anytime.