Bubup Wilam play-based learning is an approved kindergarten program that helps children develop and learn skills that are useful for life. Children who attend kindergarten derive many benefits from the experience. In some Australian states and territories these programs are called 'preschool' or 'kinder'.
The curriculum for the kindergarten was developed in a spirit of 'Community Control' (defined by the National Aboriginal Health Strategy, 1989). This means that the Aboriginal local Community have control of issues that directly affect their community, meaning that Aboriginal people must determine and control the pace, shape and manner of change and decision making at all levels. This reflects the right of Aboriginal people to self-determination in a meaningful and effective way. For more details see this website.
At Bubup Wilam Kindergarten the program has been planned by staff utilising their knowledge and understanding of early childhood development. It covers skills such as sitting and listening, cooperating with fellow students, as well as children's interest in reaching out to the world and to obey their teachers. Through play, young children learn so much about social standards, respect, imagination and problem-solving - while having fun in a supportive, caring and nurturing environment.
There are a number of core experiences provided for children to enjoy and learn from like drawing and painting, clay and dough, water play, sand and mud play, manipulative and puzzles, design and colour (light table), numeracy, literacy, music and movement, singing and rhyme, climbing and balancing.
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