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Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre

Our Program

Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre offers a first class Christian education for children from three years of age. Plenty Kids offers a 3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten Program and 4-year-old Kindergarten Program. We also offer an After Kindergarten Care Program (on a Friday afternoon during school hours). Outside school hours care may be accessed on campus through Camp Australia.

The Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre operates from 8:15am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and is closed during scheduled Plenty Valley Christian College term breaks, public holidays and pupil free days.

Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre operates within the principles and learning outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) that is structured around five interconnected Learning and Development Outcomes for young children.

The five outcomes are:

·         Children have a strong sense of identity (Identity)

·         Children are connected with and contribute to their world (Community)

·         Children have a strong sense of wellbeing (Wellbeing)

·         Children are confident and involved learners (Learning)

·         Children are effective communicators (Communication)

 

Bottle Brush Room

Sunflower Room

Group

Wallaby Group

(4-year-old Kindergarten)

Joey Group

(3-year-old                   Pre-Kindergarten)

After Kindergarten Care

Possum Group

(4-year-old Kindergarten)

Monday

 8:45am – 3:15pm

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

 8:45 – 11:45am

 

 

Wednesday

 8:45am – 3:15pm

 

 

 8:45am – 3:15pm

Thursday

 

 8:45 – 11:45am

 

 8:45am – 3:15pm

Friday

 8:45am – 12:15pm

 

 12:15 3:15pm

8:45am – 12:15pm

TERM DATES 2019

Term One: Wednesday, 30 January – Friday, 5 April

Term Two: Tuesday, 23 April – Friday, 28 June

Term Three: Monday, 22 July – Friday, 20 September

Term Four: Monday, 7 October – Thursday, 12 December

PUPIL FREE DAYS 2019

Tuesday, 29 January

Tuesday, 26 March (Parent Teacher Interviews on this Day)

Tuesday, 10 September (Parent Teacher Interviews on this Day)

Monday, 4 November

Friday, 13 December

 

Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre Philosophy

‘A Joyful Beginning’

Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre belongs to the wider Plenty Valley Christian College community and shares the values and vision of the College.

Vision

To be a Christian learning community with the creative and responsive mind and spirit of Christ.

Values

The College operates within the context of Christian faith.

The following areas identify the agenda of our partnered journey in education:

Faith, Wisdom, Truth, Grace, Character, Service and Love

Motto

In Christ: Wisdom and Knowledge.

At Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre, we foster creative, responsive and respectful relationships and learning opportunities where children can discover, flourish and become all that God intends them to be.

BE YOURSELF

We believe that children are individuals who are loved by God and made in the image of God and that no two children are the same. We cherish each child and family’s diverse culture, values, and experiences. We aim to provide safe, equitable and accepting learning environments that reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families.

Our focus is to nurture children as they build their self-esteem, and to support and reinforce an emerging sense of self-identity, belonging and resilience. We truly believe in each child’s unique capacity to be amazing.

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS

We focus on fostering relational spaces where trusting, warm and reciprocal connections with others can be built, as we believe that through these interactions and attachments, a child’s innate strengths, skills and potential can be maximised.

Through the creation of opportunities for cooperative and positive interactions with other children, families, teachers, and the wider community, children acquire vital social knowledge and skills.

Each child is supported and encouraged to develop responsibility for their actions and interactions with others, as they develop an understanding and respect for the interrelationships between themselves, others, the natural and constructed environment.

The special ‘character’ of Plenty Kids is primarily built around the genuinely collaborative and committed relationships between families, children and staff.

Parents and families are treasured and invaluable contributors to the Plenty Kids Community and are encouraged to be actively involved as ‘Session Helpers’ in each and every learning session.

OPENNESS & SPONTANEITY

We strive to foster an atmosphere of openness, where ‘what is possible’ has not been predefined. Mutual discovery and learning is fostered so that each child’s unique way of experiencing, being and interacting with the world can be recognised and supported.

Naturally occurring and intuitive opportunities within our indoor and outdoor learning environments encourage and inspire children to imaginatively explore, experiment, invent, question, and solve problems. We focus on sensitively recognising, celebrating and extending on what unfolds for each child within open-ended play-based learning experiences.

BUILDING ON STRENGTHS

Active learning through play is facilitated through the provision of a range of opportunities, environments and experiences built thoughtfully around the individual strengths, ideas and interests of each child.

Strengths that emerge through creative play-based learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, persistence and reflexivity are carefully acknowledged and celebrated so that they can become part of a child’s lifelong attitudes towards learning and being.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Through regular informal discussions, staff, parent and college meetings we constantly reflect on, and ask of ourselves “How we can do better?”

Educators at Plenty Kids are encouraged to engage in reflective practice, and to critically reflect on our philosophy, values, vision, motto and ethics to guide decision making. We recognise and value the knowledge and commitment of educators and fully support their continued professional learning.

Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre’s philosophy reflects the foundations of the National Quality Framework. We believe that a philosophy statement changes as new insights are gained, and practice is evaluated.

Plenty Kids Application Form

PK Enrolment and Orientation Policy-V1.1

Plenty Kids Fee Schedule 2019

Kinder Uniform Order Form