Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is Program Learning Opportunities
Element 1.1.3: Program Learning Opportunities
All aspects of the program, including routines, are organised in ways that maximise opportunities for each child’s learning.
All aspects of the program and service delivery create valuable learning opportunities for children. This includes everything from routines, transitions, spontaneous discussions, current events, special events and celebrations, planned and spontaneous experiences. It’s crucial that Educators draw on each of these teachable moments to ensure maximum learning opportunities and support each child to reach their full potential.
Does your team implement a holistic approach to facilitating learning across all components of the program and routines?
It’s important that educators understand the value in drawing on what’s happening in the day-to-day routine to create learning opportunities by implementing unplanned experiences, including extending on planned learning experiences and challenging children’s knowledge by questioning and hypothesising about what’s happening and why.
Educators provide opportunities for children to initiate and direct learning experiences followed by the opportunity to go back, reflect, discuss and evaluate children’s learning at different parts of the day. These can then be extended on by collaboratively planning follow-up learning experiences. This allows children to be part of the planning process in an intentional and meaningful way.
To support the Educational Leader and Educators with the process of program planning and implementation the Childcare Centre Desktop has a range of resources to ensure that the cycle of planning is child centered, thoughtfully planned, meaningful, challenging and engaging for all children.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
Childcare Centre Desktop – Educational Program and Practice
National Quality Standard – QA1 / Element: 1.1.3
System7 Module – QA1 / Module 3
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