Weekly Programs

Hey Dee Ho Music and Movement - Monday

Singing, dancing, Auslan signing, playing, giggling. The Hey Dee Ho music program is one of the highlights of our children’s week. Each age group gets its own 30 minute session with a music specialist who teaches songs, leads the dance moves and encourages our children to play the tambourine, triangle or maracas. Each week the music programs develop: fine and gross motor skills through puppets and action songs; spatial awareness through dances and use of hula hoops; language skills through rhymes, drama and songs from other cultures.

 

Language Program - Tuesday

The French Immersion Program takes place in all age groups and encourages learning through songs, games, and interactive videos. During the program we will explore colours, fruit, animals, greetings and introductions, numbers and finally moving onto themes. As the local schools in the City of Port Phillip teach French, we are consciously preparing the children for their next step.

The benefits of learning a second language in preschool are numerous, and will positively impact children's acedemic and professional lives. Bilingual children have been shown to have better critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, are more creative, enhanced memory and better multi-tasking abilities. All these things result in better academic performance.

Our French Immersion Program is also combined with the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program for our 4 year old funded children which is an Australian Government Program which is aimed at teaching Preschool children a second language through fun and interactive digital sessions.

  

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program - Wednesday

Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program is the formation of an individual program based on the Early Years (Preschool) syllabus established by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. It is a hands on, seasonal approach to pleasurable food education which includes many fun activities for Preschool aged children that link beautifully to the five learning outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework.

Through play based learning, children will enjoy hands on cooking and gardening experiences that will encourage each and every child to develop a strong sense of identity and wellbeing.

Ultimately the children will experience the joys of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal delicious food.

 

 Seedlings and Sustainability Program - Thursday

Our Seedlings Program was born as a result of our participation in the seedlings pilot program, developed by five different councils (Knox City Council, City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, Alpine Shire Council and Yarra Ranges Council).

The Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEFS) Framework and pilot was funded through the Victorian Government's Sustainability Accord.

Our weekly Seedlings Program provides all the children at Neighborhood House the opportunities to appreciate and understand the natural environment and their impacts on natural, social, cultural, political and economic systems and will empower them to value those systems and encourage them to take positive action and to develop strategies and skills for a sustainable future.

Ultimately we aim to embed a sustainability program into our practices to ensure a very genuine and non tokenistic approach in educating and guiding the children within the Centre.

Cultural Diversity and Awareness Within Our Community - Friday

Modern Australia is made up of many cultures, with diversity shaping our community today. Children can learn and gain awareness of who makes up Australia's diverse demographic, which nations and how many people live in our society. The program will cover the essence of cultural Australia - looking at Indigenous beginnings, Australia through the ages and what our country looks like at present. As we explore and discuss global diversity in the form of celebrations, traditions, cuisine, family and nature in a global context, we will observe that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures has a very important role in Australia's history.

Advantages:

- Children strive for connection and seek belonging - to people, country, place and communities that help them to learn about local ways of being

- Providing equitable opportunities for children with diverse capabilities and life circumstances supports engagement and connection, enabling them to contribute positively to their world

These advantages are directly linked to the Victorian Early Years and Development Framework - Outcome 2: Community