Program

Our program is divided into three (basically age-based) groups:

 

 

0 – 2 Baby Program

Caterpillars Room

 

2 – 3 Toddler Program

3–4 Pre-Kindy Program

Butterflies Room

 

4 – 6 Pre-School Program

 

Please note that although the Toddler’s and Pre-Kindy’s are in one large room, their group times remain separate.

 

 

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.

 

  • BELONGING is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
  • BEING is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time to just "be" - time to play, try new things and have fun.
  • BECOMING is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.

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).

 

 

Parent Communitcation


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:

 

  • PHONE: We encourage parents to call our centre at any time throughout the day.
  • EMAIL: We encourage parents to communicate with us via email if they choose to.  Statements can also been sent to parents via email. Our email is info@montessorimerrylands.com.au
  • DAY BOOKS:   Each room has their own Day Book. These books contain information about what the children did throughout the day and details about activities. It is important to write a comment in the Day Books as feedback for inclusion in your child’s ongoing program. Our Team take great pride in the presentation of this work, and hope that it will provide you with some valuable conversation with your little one each day after pick-up.
  • NEWSLETTERS: Our centre provides parents with monthly newsletters enabling them to keep informed with what is happening at the centre.
  • PORTFOLIOS:   Staff develop and maintain an individual Portfolio for each child in the Centre throughout the year.  This is a large folder, which contains unique information about your child’s activities and development through photos, samples of artworks, pictures, staff observations and developmental checklists, and provides you with an overall picture of your child’s time in care with us.  You are welcome to view this at any time, and it will be our gift to you at the end of each year.  It is a lovely keepsake to share with friends and family.
  • PHOTOS: Throughout the year, photos are taken of each child playing and learning with their peers and these photos are made available to all parents at the end of each year.
  • COMMUNICATION BOOKS:   Our centre has a communication book which acts as important link between our parents and staff.  We understand that you do not always have a lot of time on drop-off or collection, so these books allow messages to be shared between you and us.  You can also leave any suggestions or voice any concerns.

 

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.

Parent Participation

 

Our centre has an Open Door Policy. We encourage parent involvement, participation and feedback and welcome you to visit anytime.

 

  • Our Centre is open at all times for parental inspection.
  • Please come and see how we help your child’s development.
  • Entry by you any time is your guarantee of the continuing quality of our working practices and protection for staff and management reputation.
  • No need to worry when your child is with us.
  • Don’t hesitate to visit us.
  • Our Centre is proud of the quality of care we provide.
  • Our staff are qualified, trained, experienced and talented.
  • Rather than take our word for this.
  • See for yourselves!