Montessori Academy’s early childhood education and care program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework and the Montessori Curriculum. By delivering a blended Curriculum, we ensure that our students actively participate in a complete care and educational program that integrates all aspects of child development. In this way, Montessori Academy’s Curriculum aims to prepare children, not only for school, but for life.

Foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework

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Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

The EYLF emphasises a play-based approach to supporting children’s learning from birth to five years of age. It recognises that as children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understanding of the world. The EYLF is a key component of the National Quality Standards established by the Australian Government and managed by the Australia Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

There are five key outcomes of the EYLF, including:

• 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

There are also seven quality areas, including:

• Quality Area 1 Educational Program and Practice
• Quality Area 2 Children’s Health and Safety
• Quality Area 3 Physical Environment
• Quality Area 4 Staffing Arrangements
• Quality Area 5 Relationships with children
• Quality Area 6 Partnerships with families and communities
• Quality Area 7 Leadership and service management

Principles of the EYLF:

• Each child’s learning will be based on their interests and strengths as guided by our educators
• Educators will work in collaboration with our families to provide relevant learning experiences, based on their interests and family experiences
• Every child will be equally valued, and their learning achievements will be celebrated
• Educators will observe and record children’s educational journey
• Educators will incorporate family feedback into Curriculum planning
• Learning outcomes will be linked to the Curriculum of children’s learning and not be pre-planned
• The Curriculum will extend on children’s interests, spontaneous experiences, and family input
• Where appropriate, the service will engage with external agencies to best educate children with additional needs
• The Curriculum will build and develop children’s Learning Stories, Portfolio and Observations
• The Curriculum will be evaluated and reflected upon each week by educators

Foundations of the Montessori Curriculum

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“The goal of early education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn” – The Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori Curriculum is based on internationally recognised best practice standards for Montessori early education. The Curriculum emphasises that every child goes through a unique development process, and that their needs and interests should be nurtured and respected. It was Maria Montessori’s belief that knowledge is more than memorization of educational material. She believed that learning is a process that is determined by the rate and speed at which a child can acquire one skill, before moving on to another skill. The Montessori Curriculum has been widely supported as an optimal learning environment for young children.

There are five key areas of the Montessori Curriculum, including:

• Practical life
• Sensorial
• Mathematics
• Language
• Culture

Principles of the Montessori Curriculum:

• Every child is respected for the individuality and allowed to learn and progress at their own pace
• Every child has a natural desire to learn, and will be given the right resources, experiences and opportunities to facilitate growth
• The first six years of life are the most formative to the development of the child’s personality and intelligence
• Teachers in the Montessori classroom are facilitators and observers of learning; children have the ability to direct their own learning
• The Montessori Curriculum emphasises the stages of childhood development and provides children with developmentally appropriate activities
• The Montessori Curriculum is holistic in nature, integrating the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual aspects of development
• The Montessori Curriculum will integrate the child’s home environment, community, society and cultural background into learning experiences