Teaching & Learning
Kindergartens in the Diocese of Rockhampton are committed to providing a quality program where every child’s physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs are met in a safe, caring, challenging and supportive environment.
Our kindergartens deliver a Queensland Approved Kindergarten Program (Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline) developed by the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority QCAA, previously the Queensland Studies Authority – the leading curriculum development agency in Queensland. The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline aims to maximise learning outcomes for children who participate in kindergarten programs in Queensland and provides specific advice to our university trained early years teachers about the development of kindergarten programs and monitoring of children’s progress. A copy of the Guideline can be obtained free of charge from the QCAA website at: www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/10192.html.
Our approved kindergarten centres are committed to:
- Advocating for the rights and best interests of the child
- Viewing children as successful, competent and capable learners
- Promoting equity, inclusion and diversity
- Valuing Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
- Respecting and supporting the role of parents and families
- Providing best practice through the provision of a four year trained teacher and qualified educators
- Communicating regularly with families
- Providing an Approved Kindergarten Program that supports children’s early learning with a focus on early literacy and numeracy, building positive relationships with others, emotional well-being, motor development and wonder about their world and God
The Catholic kindergarten program also provides an all-encompassing family atmosphere that supports the nurturing of spirituality in the child. This is achieved within a loving Christian environment where gospel values and religious concepts and experiences are shared through every child’s natural relationship with God and their world.
In addition, our program reflects the importance of play in childhood, cultural connections with community, diversity of abilities and individual uniqueness. Educators aim to collaborate with children and their families to provide meaningful play and learning opportunities that support children’s wellbeing, active citizenship and social development. Children also have choice and control over their learning as they are supported by our teachers.
Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate in kindergarten experiences. Activities may be modified by staff to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and their uniqueness and individuality respected. Centres welcome family contributions to aspects of the programming including evaluation, through their suggestions, donations of resources, equipment, and participation in activities.
At the end of the kindergarten year, families will be asked to contribute to their child’s Transition Statement. The Transition Statement is a ‘point in time’ profile developed by educators, families and children outlining the progress and achievements of each child. This statement of a child’s learning journey can be shared with the school prep teachers if families choose to do so. More information on Transition Statements can be found at: www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/10192.html.