Our vision: A place where we are supported to reach our full potential.
Our Junior Playroom caters for children from approximately two to three years. We have intentionally created small group sizes to support the development of strong trusting relationships with each child.
In keeping with the MOCCA Philosophy and our vision children are central to all that we do and in order to achieve our vision we know that genuine partnerships with families is critical. Throughout your time in our room we warmly invite you to contribute to our program and share in decision making about your child’s learning, development and wellbeing. In addition, to formal opportunities to meet and discuss your child’s program and progress or any concerns and suggestions you may have we look forward to many informal opportunities on a day-to-day basis.
Rituals and routines
Our day flows in a very flexible way with lots of love, laughter, singing and stories. We don’t rush important one on one time, and we are mindful not to interrupt children’s play and learning for a routine or transition moments, and we also see the many learning opportunities that occur through these moments.
Communication and Creative Arts
Opportunities to support communication are embedded throughout our planned and spontaneous learning experiences, routines and transitions, interactions and intentional learning environments. Environments that stimulate communication and creativity through mark making, storytelling, creative arts, music, dramatic play and creative movement and dance support all aspects of development and learning. The creative arts are a children’s first language, used to communicate thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Some of the most effective means children have for explaining and understanding their world is through the arts. In the creative process approaches of learning such as initiative, curiosity, engagement, persistence, reasoning, and problem-solving are reinforced through concrete, hands on, individualized, and group learning experiences. When integrated in a developmentally appropriate way through spontaneous and intentional experiences, the creative arts promote memory, cognition, observation, inquiry and reflection.
To support children to become socially responsible and show respect for the environment educators promote this learning through: access to a range of natural materials within the indoor and outdoor learning environments; modelling respect care and appreciation for the natural environment; finding ways to enable children to care for and learn from the land; considering the nature of children’s connectedness to the land and demonstrate respect for community protocols; exploring the impact of human activities on the environment with children; embedding sustainability in daily routines and practices; and discuss the ways the life and health of living things are interconnected (EYLF, 2009).
Health and wellbeing
Wellbeing incorporates both physical and psychological aspects and is central to belonging, being and becoming. Wellbeing includes good physical health, feelings of happiness, satisfaction ad successful social functioning (EYLF 2009 p. 30). Health, safety and physical education encourages the children’s sense of self and supports their emerging independence. On a daily basis the Junior Playroom children are provided with learning experiences that build upon their knowledge of healthy lifestyles, nutrition and social awareness. The Junior Playroom children are supported to express their emotions appropriately and are given strategies to help them self- regulate. As children move through the day, educators carefully observe and listen to the children and adapt our responses to suit individual needs. We support the children’s developing self-concepts and self-esteem by talking with them about their actions and accomplishments and by always showing respect for their feelings and cultures. Throughout the day educators guide the children as they interact with each other, and we support children’s social skills and problem-solving abilities to help the children become successful learners.
Please contact MOCCA for a copy of our information pack. In this package you will find the following information to help support your child’s transition to a new learning and care environment:
- Team member introductions
- Our core curriculum and information about our program
- Rituals and routines
- A what to bring list and general reminders; and
- A getting to know me summary form to complete and return.
Photos of our beautiful and stimulating learning environments will be available here soon – watch this space!