Next Generation’s Pre-Kindy education and care room has 20 toddlers each day between the age of 2-3 years. We have four educators each day, the group leader has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and the three assistants will have either a certificate III or diploma of early childhood education and care. We provide consistent educators in the Pre-Kindy room throughout the week and use the same pool of relief educators when our full time educators are on annual leave or sick leave.
The Pre-Kindy outdoor environment focuses on teaching our children about developing a sustainable lifestyle. The children have to opportunity to for our vegetable and herb gardens. We have the plans to introduce chickens to the PreKindy outdoor space. The children will have the opportunity to care for our chickens and collect their eggs.
Educators at Next Generation take a holistic approach to observing and planning for young children. We use influences from sociocultural theorist Lev Vygotsky. Vygotsky believes that children learn by engaging with adults and more capable peers. We achieve this by interacting with children on an individual basis as well as small group and large group experiences.
Each child in the Pre-Kindy room is observed on a regular basis and an individual experience is planned for them. Their observations and planned experiences are kept in their individual learning journal which is available to be viewed at any time in the education and care room.