Alfred Nuttall Memorial Kindergarten has a responsibility and commitment to ensure a safe place for children to play and learn.
Educational program and practice
The Alfred Nuttall Memorial Kindergarten (ANMK) program has been developed to provide a stimulating and flexible curriculum that promotes a love of learning and encourages each child to realise his or her full potential. The kinder program meets the requirements of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and is delivered by highly experienced and engaged educators. Through a play-based program each child is encouraged to connect with their community, their environment, other children and adults at the kindergarten and to further develop their own sense of identity.
Children’s health and safety
The well being, health and safety of children at the kindergarten are paramount. ANMK aims to support all aspects of a child’s individual health needs and sense of wellbeing. This assists a child to become a confident, effective and involved learner. ANMK aims to provide an environment that is safe and a program that assists children to become increasingly aware of and able to manage their own health needs. ANMK recognises each child’s cultural and social identity and staff members work in partnership with each child and their family, medical professionals and other professionals or organisations, when appropriate, to meet these requirements.
The policies and procedures of the kinder ensure the provision of a safe and healthy environment for children to enjoy learning through play.
Our kinder is situated in the suburb of Fairfield, within easy access of surrounding suburbs. The kinder program is delivered in a naturally light filled room with plenty of glassed areas providing views of a large external playspace. The indoor playspace is well equipped with art and craft activities, areas for children to explore natural materials and environments, play areas for children to role play and develop language and other interpersonal skills, manipulative experiences and comfortable areas for quiet time or to enjoy a book. The educators use a variety of strategies and mediums to engage with children in an inclusive manner- from music, singing and art through to the use of modern technologies to enable children to find out more about themselves and their world.
The outdoor playspace was landscaped following extensive consultation with children and kinder families and is an area where imagination and play come to life. Incorporating natural resources, including a stony waterway and raised vegetable garden beds, and other more traditional play facilities (swings, climbing frames, sandpit, cubby house), the outdoor playspace is a great place for children to stretch their minds and legs. The kinder has a sunsmart policy and as well as wearing sunhats, children enjoy the outdoor playspace under the shade of lovely trees and sunshades. Both the indoor and outdoor areas complement learning through play and build each child’s competence through independent play. Sustainable practices are adopted by the kinder such as water tanks, worm farms, recycling and composting.
In 2020 the kinder introduced an optional bush kindergarten program for children enrolled in our four year old kindergarten program. The bush kindergarten program complements and extends upon the base program and provides additional opportunity for meaningful connection and appreciation for the natural environment.
Our staff works together to create a warm, caring and stimulating environment for the children. We draw on each staff members’ individual skills to create and deliver a varied experience for children across the three and four year old programs. At various times during the year, other people may also be involved at the kindergarten, such as additional assistants and other specialists. The kindergarten also participates in training programs for teaching students. Student to staff ratios and qualifications of staff are maintained at all times and staff interact with each other and others at the kinder in a respectful and ethical way.
Relationships with children
At ANMK, educators interact positively with young children who are supported to develop a sense of belonging, to develop attachments and to trust those who care for them. Educators are aware of and support the philosophy that when positive relationships are forged they contribute to a strong sense of wellbeing in children, forming the basis for learning. Educators aim to provide children with the experience of nurturing, respectful relationships that build a foundation for children to develop the self-confidence and skills to manage their own learning, make decisions and relate positively with others.
ANMK aims to provide an environment and education program where every child is able to engage with educators in meaningful, open interactions that support the acquisition of skills for life and learning. We support the Early Years Learning framework recommendations that interactions and conversations are vitally important for learning. Children are regularly engaged in social contexts to provide them with opportunities for growth and learning.
Educators aim to assist children to develop the skills, dispositions and understandings they need to interact positively with others, supporting each child to develop positive, respectful strategies to negotiate their rights in relation to the rights of others. Educators focus on helping children to learn about their roles and responsibilities to themselves and others. ANMK provides children with opportunities to experience the value of collaboration and teamwork.
Collaborative relationships with families and communities
The Kindergarten recognises the importance of the relationships formed with families and the wider community in supporting a child’s involvement and success in learning. The Kindergarten aims to work in partnership with families and the wider community to support children’s well being and learning.
The Kindergarten recognises the importance of mutually valued and respectful partnerships between families and educators. We aim to provide an environment of respectful communication, participation and shared decision making. ANMK has a strong history and culture of encouraging family participation. The Kindergarten aims to offer a wide range of ways that families can participate and contribute to the programmes. This is to ensure that all families have opportunities to feel a sense of belonging and connection.
The Kindergarten recognises families as a child’s primary and most influential educators. We aim to support and celebrate each child’s family culture, language, history and child rearing philosophies in the best interest of each child’s learning. The Kindergarten recognises the importance for children in developing relationships within and participating in their community. We aim to assist children in establishing these links through building relationships within the local community, for example, local child care centres and schools.
ANMK aims to provide an inclusive environment that provides a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all children and family. This is created by educators and the respectful relationships they develop with all children and families. It is also embedded in the community based culture and philosophy of ANMK which is community managed by local people, mainly parents, who volunteer and commit their time to the management of the kinder.
Leadership and service management
The Kindergarten is managed by a community-based Committee of Management, formed primarily of parents of children currently attending the Kindergarten. The Committee of Management works closely with the staff team to ensure the governance requirements of the kindergarten are met and to oversee the day to day operations of the kindergarten. The Committee consults widely with the Kindergarten parent community and has a close working relationship with Darebin City Council. The Committee of Management is elected annually at the Kindergarten’s AGM and meets monthly throughout the year. All parents are welcome to join the Committee of Management or a Sub-Committee and family and community input is enthusiastically encouraged. In its role of governance, the Committee of Management always has as its core value, the quality of education and care for children and families. Please refer to the Committee Page to learn more about the Committee of Management.