Educational focus

The kindergarten educational program is designed by our educators to provide specific learning opportunities based around children’s interests, ever-increasing knowledge and developmental stages. Within the daily plan educators encourage children to engage in their own learning by extending on and enriching their spontaneous ideas and questions.

Children are given long periods of uninterrupted time to explore the indoor and outdoor environment. This allows them time to initiate their own ideas and facilitate their learning resulting in new skills and knowledge, greater satisfaction and motivation to learn. The educator’s role is to guide in their play to support and extend their learning.

At Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten outdoor play is highly valued and staff are passionate about the importance of children experiencing and connecting with the natural world first hand.

The importance of building positive attitudes towards sustainable values and practice is strongly promoted within the children’s educational program. Children are empowered to make a difference to the world around them and concepts relating to water conservation, recycling, compost, gardening, and care for and respect for the natural environment are integrated into the daily program.

DNMK’s educational programs and practices are guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

 Linked to this is also the Early Years Learning Framework.

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