Parents are a great source of specific information about their child’s interests and abilities and are encouraged to share this with their child’s educators. Parents are kept informed about the program and their child’s progress through various methods as outlined below.
Play based learning
Here at Rainbow Haven Kindergarten, we run a play-based and interest-based program. Play is the way in which children naturally learn. They learn most effectively when they are relaxed and having fun. Children’s learning becomes meaningful when they are free to learn at their own rate and in their own way. In a play-based program there will be times when the children come together as a group, listen when others are talking, follow the rules of group living and begin to take responsibility for their actions and their environment.
Here at Rainbow Haven Kindergarten we value family input and understand how important it is for us to incorporate aspects of family life into our programs here at the centre. We strongly encourage you to have conversations with your child’s teacher on a regular basis to give feedback on the current program, share any ideas you may have and communicate your child’s current interests and needs. You will receive an email each Monday morning encouraging you to tell us about what you and your family have done over the weekend so we can try and incorporate aspects of this into the centre. You can also communicate this information by talking to your child’s teacher.
KindyHub is an online programming system making it simple and easy for the educators to do their programming and planning. KindyHub includes an optional parent portal as well as a SmartPhone app. This option is available to you in addition to recieving the email update each day.
Some other great features of the KindyHub app!
Photos – View all of your child's photos here. You can easily downlaod and save them to your phone.
Communication – Tell us that your child is sick, going to be late or going on holidays with the touch of a button!
Events – Our centre events will be uploaded into the KindyHub calendar. Simply click ‘Add to calendar’ to add the events to your phone calendar so that you don’t forget.
Family Story – This feature allows you to share things with us directly from your phone with the ability to upload photos and videos. This is a great way to communicate your weekend adventures with us, plus anything else you would like to share!
Daily photos and videos are uploaded every day for each individual room and child. You will receive the daily email on each day that your child attends the centre. This email will contain photos and videos from the day along with your child’s eating and sleeping information. Some photos will be captioned allowing us to make things more personal and individualised and bring more meaning to the photo.
Within the first 6 weeks of your child starting with us, your child will get an individualised learning goal. Educators will then plan experiences (which you can see on our program) and document your child’s individual progress towards their goal. Either once the goal has been achieved or after 3 months, whichever comes sooner, you will receive a summary of your child’s learning and progress towards their goal. This allows us to really follow your child’s progress and individual learning journey throughout their time with us and then share this information with you.
Every room has their detailed program displayed in the parent area in your child’s room. We encourage you to view this at the end of each day when you collect your child to see what activities and experiences your child has been up to. Here you will also be able to see what individual experiences have been planned for your child. A photo of the program will be taken each day and uploaded to KindyHub which you will receive with your daily email.