From our Educational Leaders

  

What Information Will I Receive About My Child’s Learning?

At Ada Mary, it is important to us that we create a strong partnership with families, children and the community through our planning for an individual child. As Early Childhood Educators we recognise that families are children’s first and most influential teachers in life.

Throughout the year, we use multiple sources of information to gather and document different aspects of your child’s learning, development and wellbeing. Once analysed, this information is then used to plan valuable experiences and activities and to keep track of their learning and development.  Educators are given planning time to formalise this data into a portfolio. Your child’s portfolio will be visibly placed and available for your viewing throughout the year. You are invited to add comments and contribute anything you feel that would enrich this document and our understanding about your child.

Summative assessments are also completed at mid and end of year.  We review documentation gathered over the first and second half of the year from a range of sources to ‘sum up’ what your child knows, understand and can do in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Learning Outcomes.

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Outcomes are:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

 

Group learning is documented on a wall plan which is displayed. Common threads of learning are identified and extended upon under the lens of a research question.   Rather than the Educators being the teacher and the child being the learner, we view ourselves and children as co-learners, who collaborate to discover.  This group learning is reflected in our program reflection journals, (kept on the sign in desk) and/or on wall displays, it will show the journey of learning rather than ‘what we did today.’     

 

There will be the opportunity to meet with educators during the settling sessions and every morning and afternoon educators are available to speak with you regarding your child’s day.

You have a chance to meet again more formally at parent/teacher interviews which are held during Term 1 and 3. You are welcome to speak to (or email) your child’s educators about your child’s learning, development and wellbeing, as well as to pass on any important information (for example from allied health professionals such as speech pathologists or occupational therapists).

Why Is My Child’s Documentation Not Shared Online?

Digital documentation has become a common part of the Early Childhood Education landscape in Australia and internationally. At Ada Mary, we focus on our documentation to be about the child, with the child, for the child. We believe portfolios play an important part in this as it gives children a voice and a place to document their own learning and development, where an online platform cannot. We value our educator’s diverse skill set and do not want to limit the documenting of a learning process to a one size fits all approach.  Portfolios allow learning processes to be recorded by educators and children, with the freedom and flow to develop, be revisited and extended over time. The physicality of a portfolio allows children to learn about themselves as learners and become aware of how they learn. When children reflect on their work and with the help of their teachers and peers, they can decide what their next learning will be. 

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Ada Mary A'Beckett Children's Centre

2 Batman Road

Port Melbourne 3207