Combining wellbeing and learning for educational success

With the integration of therapeutic approaches, BCYF kindergarten programs lead the way in a child centred, responsive approach to early childhood education at our Belmont, Colac East, Flinders (Lara), Greenville (Grovedale), St Albans Park, Winifred Nance (Colac) and Wydinia (Colac) kindergartens.

At BCYF we believe wellbeing is essential for learning. A child who learns to self-regulate behaviour and emotions through repeated experiences of co-regulation with a safe adult has better social relationships, improved self-esteem and an increased ability to concentrate and learn in the cognitive rich BCYF kindergarten environment.

That’s why we embed evidence-based, therapeutic approaches within our interactions with children.

Educators train with a Theraplay® certified coach and employ nurturing techniques to support children to regulate behaviour and emotions building warm relationships with peers and adults, enhancing cooperation, communication and self control.

“The Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework (VEYLDF) recognises children’s wellbeing from birth to 8 years both a prerequisite for, and an outcome of learning”.

This demonstrates the importance of prioritising each child’s emotional security alongside their physical, language, creative and cognitive development.

Children experience a nurturing and supportive environment whereby staff are trained in offering Sunshine Circles group work.

3 and 4 year old programs

Research consistently shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one. That’s why the Victorian Government is subsidising access to an extra year of kindergarten – ensuring our kids are ready for school, and set for life. The skills we learn as children set the foundation for the rest of our lives. Starting kindergarten at three years of age gives children the best start.

Learn how to give your child the best start in life.

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Building
identity

Wellbeing

Exploring
my world

Communicators

Learning
together

Curriculum, learning & development outcomes

Building
identity

  • Celebrating uniqueness
  • Building secure attachments
  • Feeling a sense of belonging
  • Confidently exploring and engaging
  • Exploring identity through role play

Wellbeing

  • Demonstrating trust and confidence
  • Seeking
  • Celebrating achievements
  • Considered risk taking
  • Understanding and self-regulating emotions

Exploring
my world

  • Belonging to different communities 
  • Cooperating with others
  • Understanding the world
  • Involved in decision making
  • Taking action

Communicators

  • Engage in and enjoy reciprocal interactions using verbal and non-verbal language
  • Respond verbally and non-verbally to their senses
  • Contribute their ideas
  • Exchange ideas, feelings and understandings

Learning
together

  • Investigate, imagine and explore ideas
  • Express wonder and interest in their environment
  • Rich and meaningful inquiry-based learning
  • Persistence
  • Curious and enthusiastic

Curriculum, learning and development outcomes

Wondering what Early Childhood education is all about?

The Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework (VEYLDF) guides early childhood professionals in their work with young children, supporting children to progress toward achieving learning outcomes.

Click on the learning and development icons in the circle to discover more about the learning outcomes your child will work towards achieving through play based learning.

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