Early Childhood Education Program Overview

EDUCA HOME’s specially formulated curriculum which incorporates Pikler, Reggio and Montessori approaches in a balanced way to carefully cater to children’s specific needs at their specific developmental level. Our expert teachers have specialist training in both our curriculum and in 0-3 child development, they have many years of experience and all hold bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education.

At EDUCA HOME we realise that a child’s most vulnerable moments and moments of relationship building are when they are relying on others in caregiving situations such as eating, sleeping, nappy changing and comforting. Our teachers are expert caregivers understanding the needs of your child as they develop and grow in our care.

  • Non-Mobile & Mobile Class
  • Early Walkers Class
  • Advanced Walkers Class
EDUCA HOME’s Non Mobile & Mobile Learning environments foundation is underpinned by the Pikler approach to child care. Children will experience respectful and peaceful care moments that are in tune with their individual needs within a purposefully built space that is rich in Chinese and English Language.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Gain confidence in their care moments will be met in a respectful manner as they learn about their needs
  • Explore in a clean and safe environment
  • Aware that their individual care moments are consistent with their home environment routines
  • Learn about and experience respectful relationships with their teachers and peers
  • Build social interactions and experiences with other children of similar developmental stages
  • Gain confidence in exploring their body allowing for growth and development of their fine and gross motor skills
  • Recognise and build trust in our safe environment that gives them space and freedom to challenge themselves
  • Immerse in an environment rich in Chinese and English language during daily care moments, respectful relationship moments and free play
  • Gain confidence that their voice can be explored and will be heard by others
  • Develop independence by making choices in how and what they explore on a daily basis
  • Learn that it is natural to be curious about the world around them
  • Make real connections between their individual learning and home environment
In the early walkers learning space, children are starting their journey of learning how to walk, while developing their confidence, balance and coordination. As their right to left simultaneous movements strengthen, children will move their bodies in more sophisticated ways and learn to navigate their way around people, objects and different levels. Early walkers will have plenty of space and challenging equipment to develop their movement skills in response to different conditions. With respectful care, child led routine and an environment which promotes trust, children will engage with their interests and thrive while learning and developing every day. Children’s holistic health, development and learning are supported in the following areas;

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Children are learning to adapt their body movements, in ways which allow them to participate in their care and learn about how to care for themselves
  • To keep themselves safe and become resilient as they face the challenges of developing balance, such as falling safely and learning to stand up independently
  • Developing and learning routines involving self-care, children will become increasingly confident with hand washing, using tissues, eating and sleeping routines
  • Children are learning about permanence through routine. While children are in their learning space, they learn to trust their teachers and that they will see their primary caregiver at the end of their session
  • Learning empathy and compassion for other people by caring for themselves and others
  • Building confidence in their own abilities and developing trust that they will be supported by others through their learning
  • Balance, coordination and spatial awareness of their body around people and objects
  • To actively explore movement and control, such as holding an item with their hand, dropping and retrieving it
  • Move confidently over obstacles, towards people and around objects to follow their interests and challenge themselves physically
  • Learning to communicate what they want and need using sounds, gestures and language
  • Expressing their creativity and imagination through sensory exploration, music and movement
  • Learning which resources interest them and how they can use them to lead their learning, problem solve and develop new skills
  • To understand the difference between past, present and future events which are part of daily routines. This also develops memory and anticipation of regular events
  • The purpose of specific items in their daily life, how to use them appropriately and for learning
  • Schema – children are developing their working theories by following their urges to experiment by enclosing, transporting, lining things up and much more. Through repetition of schema children are learning logical thinking and problem solving
Children that are exploring in the Advanced Walkers Learning Space will be provided with specialized experiences that are planned around the needs and interests of the children, these are also developmentally specific, they will be able to explore:
Self help skills such as setting the table for eating time, self selecting their their food at eating times, taking themselves to the toilet and washing their hands, helping others. Skills that they are able to retain and use within their journey as a life long learner, this may include problem solving, abstract thinking, leading their own learning and thinking, working closely with others in the learning space with project work as well as being in a language rich environment of English and Chinese- in this language rich environment they will build positive relationships with the teachers. In the Advanced walkers class we recognize the period of transitioning to EC as a very important learning time and will support children to develop the skills they need to transition to kindergarten with ease.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Understand their body – children will be responsible for their own hand washing, being able to communicate when they are hungry, or need help. Children will experience setting the food eating table for themselves and their peers
  • Being able to challenge themselves with reasonable risk, knowing that are able to protect themselves and problem solve
  • There will be many opportunities  for children to explore their self-help and self- care skills, – these may include, caring for their belongings, feeding themselves and knowing when they are hungry or thirsty, using the toilet, hygiene, when they need a rest and dress themselves. they will also explore the ways that they are able to help others.
  • Making daily connections between learning space, home life and community and  learn to express this through purposeful play
  • Experience a learning space that offers positive interaction with adults and other children in both English and Chinese
  • Confidently express and explore their feelings and those of others, as they are given opportunities to share their own ideas and listen to others too
  • Aware that their individual strengths and needs will be recognized through purposeful experiences so that they are able to find out more about themselves and others
  • Actively explore their physical abilities and knowledge of what their their body can do allowing them to make informed decisions about risk, experimentation, spacial awareness, gradually building on skills
  • Understand their body in a way that allows them to confidently explore and challenge themselves- this will then link to risks they take in their home and community environments
  • In our purposefully designed state if the art gross motor equipment designed in collaboration with Reggio Children the children will have many opportunities for extending their gross motor skills
  • In the purposely designed learning space as well as the purpose built outdoor space taking risks will be done safe and confidently
  • Aware of ways that they are able to explore in a language rich environment where they can express themselves through sounds, storytelling and many language enrichment opportunities
  • Explore ways to communicate their feelings, attitudes and negotiate their wants and needs
  • Communicate their ideas, using a variety of language based skills, such as story telling, opinion and knowledge sharing, creative role-play in group situations
  • Freely explore different communication and language tools to problem solve and voice their thoughts and ideas
  • Freely exploring experiences and projects that they set for themselves, also finding different solutions to help them independently problem solve.
  • Use tools such as inquire, abstract thinking, reasoning, problem solving to figure about experiments and challenges.
  • Using logic and questioning to figure out meaning and purpose.
  • Recognize and use many different concepts to find out and explore.
  • Use senses to make links between joy and dislike, through using their prior knowledge base and to explore new meanings.

Leavning Area:Sensorial Bottle Experience

Non-Mobile & Mobile Class

I can see Green

Green is a very natural and blending colour exploring green and its different tones, looking and listening to the sounds

  • Materials Needed:

    Sensory bottles, bottle 1 ( green dye, water) bottle 2 ( earthy green beads)

  • Preparation:

    Making the bottle with the water and green dye- for this particular bottle the beads were on the necklace so were easy to place in the bottle

  • Provocation, invitation and set-up:

    Having the colour the same but different tones and easy for children to focus on. Setting these up in a place that light can go through but also as in this picture there is a reflection of the bottle and the beads.

  • Considerations:

    The reflection being a little much for come children who’s vision and focus is developing

  • Learning Possibilities:

    Children can explore sounds, light, different tones, reflection, vision development

  • Learning Extensions:

    Setting the bottles up with other materials that may enhance the colours or change them, also looking at the adding materials that are a similar tone.

Leavning Area:Sensorial Bottle Experience

Early Walkers Class

I can see a Rainbow

Rainbows and colour change are amazing

  • Materials Needed:

    Plastic bottles, food coloring,  water, water balls for a different texture

  • Preparation:

    Fill the sensory bottle with water, add a few drops of food coloring into the sensory bottle.  If you would like to explore it with a different texture try water balls

  • Provocation, invitation and set-up:

    On a floor mirror, reflective surface, wooden board somewhere with natural light.

  • Considerations:

    Tighten the cap to prevent water from spilling

  • Learning Possibilities:

    Plastic bottles, food coloring, glitter, water, a teaspoon of some kind of oil to give it a view.

  • Learning Extensions:

    Fill the sensory bottle with water, add a few drops of food coloring into the sensory bottle and add glitter

Leavning Area:Sensorial Bottle Experience

Advanced Walkers Class

Tell me a Story

Linking a popular book and finding different elements in it that make sounds, visual and can be explored over and over again- memory

  • Materials Needed:

    A book that children are intersted in, plastic bottles, bells, small pasta bits, beads that match with the theme of the book, nuts, leaves,

  • Preparation:

    Once you have picked a book to make the sensory bottles that match the interests of the children and make the bottle to help with the story telling

  • Provocation, invitation and set-up:

    Setting them up with the book- with a provocation that may link to the book or the theme of the sensory bottles that you have created to go with the story

  • Considerations:

    Thinking about the size of the materials

  • Learning Possibilities:

    Links to the book, communication about the book and other elements of their play and life. 

  • Learning Extensions:

    The children explore story telling through many mediums of play.

A Day in Non-Mobile & Mobile Class

Morning
  1. Welcome
  2. Outdoor
  3. Sleep
  4. Free Play
  5. Snack
Midday
  1. Free Play
  2. Lunch
  3. Sleep
Afternoon
  1. Outdoor
  2. Snack
  3. Open Atelier
  • Education

    A Non-Mobile and Mobile child will start their day by being welcomed into a warm, inviting and calm space by the smiling face of their primary caregiver. They will have the opportunity twice a day to in our especially designed outdoor space experiencing nature and exploring free movement in a clean and safe space, with a controlled environment meaning that the temperature and pollution levels are optimum for health and enjoyment of the environment. During the morning children will have time to independently explore and develop with in the space enjoying experiences that connect with each individuals personal interest and developmental needs offering a balanced environment to develop through enjoyment and curiosity.
    As the children in this space will have varying needs as they are so young we will adapt to them as they need to eat, sleep and have their nappy changed. This means that although they will have many different experiences throughout the day they are free to follow their own schedule according to their needs.
    During the afternoon children are offered the opportunity to mingle with the older children to share knowledge. collaborate in projects and to develop social skills.
  • Caregiving

    At this stage in life children are at their most vulnerable as they are not able to care for themselves are rely on adults to meet their needs. At EDUCA our teachers are fully qualified and experienced experts in 0-3 with in-depth knowledge and support from world leading experts. Caregiving at this stage of life is the most important experience for the child, a time of trust, language, awareness and development of abilities, and the building of important relationships. At this time your child will experience the most respectful caregiving from our expert teachers.

A Day in Early Walkers Class

Morning
  1. Welcome
  2. Outdoor
  3. Free Play
  4. Snack
  5. Open Atelier
Midday
  1. Lunch
  2. Sleep
Afternoon
  1. Outdoor
  2. Snack
  3. Open Atelier
  • Education

    An Early Walker child will experience a space where they are empowered to explore their developing abilities in a safe and stimulating way. Children are seen as competent and confident individuals who are able to lead their own learning with attentive teachers who are there to creatively support their learning. We recognize that each child has their own innate drive to learn and by following the child we can make learning enjoyable and exciting. Children will have the freedom to explore the outdoor space and all of the elements of nature in a safe and controlled setting, carefully designed to meet the developing skills of our young learners, the outdoor space provides an outlet for energy and a chance to discover and explore the natural elements of this world in a safe and clean environment.
    Children have the opportunity to mingle with children from other spaces throughout the day as they learn how to lead the younger children and how to work with and follow the older children, developing essential and stimulating skills for life through these interactions.
    Children will start to follow a more structured schedule in this space as they transition. Children will be scaffolded in their learning by their peers, teachers, the environment and experiences within the environment which are all influenced by their own interests and developmental needs.
  • Caregiving

    Children at this stage are quickly developing a heightened awareness of self and need for independence. Following the changing needs of our children our expert teachers are able to foster independence in self-care with the children as they gain more awareness of their needs and how to use their own bodies. Children will experience slow and respectful caregiving which will help them to develop a sense of independence and self-worth, understanding that their body and their needs are important and that they are able to participate in their own care.

A Day in Advanced Walkers Class

Morning
  1. Welcome
  2. Outdoor
  3. Free Play
  4. Snack
  5. Open Atelier
Midday
  1. Lunch
  2. Sleep
Afternoon
  1. Outdoor
  2. Snack
  3. Group Sharing
  4. Open Atelier
  • Education

    Advanced Walkers will be immersed in an environment specifically created to inspire the growth of skills, nurture development, and empower a curiosity of the world around them. Children will also be given the opportunity to explore the outdoor environment twice daily giving them a chance to connect with nature and develop gross motor skills as they move around the specifically prepared space.
    Children will participate in an evolving schedule that prepares them for life in kindergarten. Children will have time to interact with smaller children in the Open Atelier giving them an opportunity to collaborate, share skills and practice leadership with younger children.
    Children’s learning and development will be carefully monitored and skills to support their readiness for kindergarten.
  • Caregiving

    Advanced walkers are developing skills that enable them to independent such as toilet training, putting on and taking off their own clothes, sleeping independently and eating with manners in a group setting.

Teacher’s Role Overview

An EDUCA HOME teacher is a qualified and experienced teacher who is passionate about providing the highest standard of care, education, relationships and connection to the individual child. Our teachers get to know your child through a very close and genuine relationship, they then take what they know and have observed of your child through their play to design a individual learning plan that will help them to design and create a learning space that caters to the individual and collective developmental needs and interests of your child. Teachers will then observe interactions and record learning, finally assessing the learning that has happened over a period of time and they will create documentation to record and celebrate each individual child’s learning achievements.

Our curriculum has been designed according to the values, aspirations and key learning pathways of the Pikler Approach, Reggio Approach and Montessori Method. Developmental milestones have been mapped out and possible learning outcomes have been created to support each child’s development. Teachers plan for children’s individual development and learning needs according to their understanding of each child and plan for learning experiences to support these with learning possibilities guiding the learning outcomes. Our planning for learning can be seen clearly within our environment as our environment clearly reflects our children’s interests and development, it is for this reason that our learning spaces have been divided into Non-Mobile and Mobile, Early Walkers, and Advanced Walkers. These individual spaces cater to the exact developmental needs of each group of children, following our Reggio inspiration we also have a “Piazza”- an open space for children to mix and mingle that all rooms are joined to and will be opened at various times throughout the day.

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