At JMK we believe that children learn by actively exploring their environment. We believe children need to feel safe and to be given unlimited time to engage in an active play based curriculum. Children who play actively achieve much higher levels of learning.
PLAY allows children the perfect opportunity to develop the skills they need to be successful in later life (for example, imagination, independence, reliability, inventiveness and versatility).
Our teaching staff are Early Childhood Education trained and were chosen for their ability to work professionally in a caring and friendly manner. Our teachers will provide the children with interesting and challenging experiences that are:
- Child initiated
- Child directed
- Child supported
Teachers will observe the children at play and use these observations to plan for children to:
- Develop a strong sense of identity
- Become connected with and contribute to their world
- Develop a strong sense of wellbeing
- Become confident and involved learners
- Become effective communicators
All programming is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and incorporates the interests of the children; it extends ideas and experiences initiated by children, staff and families and is based on each child’s individual developmental levels and needs.
The kindergarten’s environment, programming and enrolment policies promote cultural awareness, equity and inclusion of all people. Each child and their family need to feel valued and unique.
At John Mackenzie Kindergarten the staff and the parent committee are committed to working together to manage, maintain and continually improve our environment, facilities and services.
John Mackenzie Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.