A Typical Day at Nara

This daily routine is outline as a guide; as our days are flexible and can often change. We strive to create the best possible learning environment for the children which mean supporting spontaneous learning, strengths. Interested ability. The included outcomes are generally outlined as we are always continuously learning in different ways.

Nara is open from 7.30am to 6pm

Our day plays out like this.

7.30am – 8.30am – We greet and welcome the children on arrival at the centre. During this time, ‘Family Grouping’ is encouraged, whereby all children arriving at the centre congregate in one room with two staff and participate in a range of programmed activities for mixed ages. This allows children across age groups to socialise and participate in less structured, multi-age activities under educator supervision. During this time children may separate into their individual rooms as staffing and children numbers require.

Outcome 1.1 Children feel safe secure and supported; Outcome1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, independence, resilience, and sense of agency; Outcome 1.3 Children develop knowledge and confident self identities; Outcome 1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

8.30 am to 9.00am Morning Circle

Our circle time is always based on the children interests. Sharing news is a great way for the children to settle into their day. They enjoy sharing their personal stories and making connection with friends. This gives us an opportunity for a formal learning time where we can incorporate children’s ideas and interests into planned experiences and routines, as well as utilize children’s ideas and interests to extend and create new experiences.

Outcome 2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups, communicate and understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation; Outcome 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity; Outcome 4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry experimentation, hypothesizing; Outcome 5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems

9am – 10am – Morning Tea

At Nara we have progressive morning tea where the children choose at what part of the morning they would like to eat. (for more information on meals at our centre please read our weekly Meal Planner in the foyer of our centre).

Outcome 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

9am – 11am Play base Learning Experiences and activities

Simultaneous Indoor and outdoor programs .During this time the children engage in various experiences and activities. Some may be prepared and planned as well as children’s spontaneous learning. Play based learning begins with the children’s natural desire to become engaged in various experiences based on their interests(including those communicated to us by parents), development skills and strengths. When children make their own decisions about their play, they are more motivated to learn and develop positive dispositions towards learning

Outcome 2.3 Children become aware of fairness; Outcome 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment; Outcome 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, places technologies and natural and processed materials; Outcome 5.5 Children use information and communication technologies to access information investigate ideas and represent their thinking

11am – 12.15am – A cooked lunch is served for long day care Children. Children and educators sit together at tables to eat. Kindergarten children bring their own lunch at lunch time.  We learn about health and wellbeing by washing hands before eating and determining healthy foods. The children gain independence by making choices for themselves such as how hungry they are, how much water they need and where they would like to sit. We learn social interaction such as speaking with an empty mouth, conversing and developing good social eating habits with one another.

Outcome 3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

12.15am –1.20pm – As the children settle after lunch, they enjoy exploring book on their own as well as listening to the educators read to them . This gives the children an opportunity to practice their literacy skills and understanding the concepts.

Outcome 5.2 children engage with range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

1.20 -1.30 Preparing for the end of the kinder program

At the end of the kinder program the children take responsibility of packing their art and projects from the day into their bags and packing up their personal belongings. This time is used to reflect on our day, what we have learned, what we enjoyed most, and how we can extend the interest.

4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

1.20 -3.00 pm Sleep Rest Time (Long Day Care)

When all the children finished lunch and exploring books, it is relaxing time.  At relaxing time the children that do not sleep have the opportunity to rest their body, eyes, nerves and mind with calm music.

Outcome 5.2 children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

3.30pm – Afternoon tea is served, indoors or outdoor, with an informal approach so children can simultaneous experience Indoor and outdoor programs .During this time the children engage in various experiences and activities. Some may be prepared and planned as well as children’s spontaneous learning. Play based learning begins with the children’s natural desire to become an engaged in various experiences based on their interests, development skills, and strengths. When children make their own decisions about their play, they are more motivate to learn and develop positive dispositions towards learning.

Outcome 2.3 Children become aware of fairness; Outcome 2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment; Outcome 4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, places technologies and natural and processed materials; Outcome 5.5 Children use information and communication technologies to access information investigate ideas and represent their thinking

5.30pm – The integrated afternoon program begins after 5.30pm, where children again assemble in one room and participate in activities for mixed ages.

Outcome 2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect

5.30pm – A light supper (not dinner) is provided for children who require it.

6pm – Centre closes.