Eastside Early Learning

Kindy

Eastside Early Learning Kindergarten Program

Excellence in Learning

Your child's early years are the time when the foundations are laid for their physical, educational, emotional and socialising development - the key to reaching their full potential and successfully taking on the challenges of the world that awaits them. High quality group-based early learning programs increase children's opportunities in life, improving their physical, mental, emotional, social and academic outcomes at the start of school.  Early education programs support the development of early literacy and numeracy and facilitate the learning of routines that are a prerequisite for successful school participation and achievement.

Your Child's early learning is our priority. We are focused on providing a safe, stimulating and welcoming learning environment for your child to grow and develop. We aim to expand their skills and knowledge and provide for their interests.

We believe that participating in our Kindergarten Program encourages children to develop strategies and skills, including:

  • Early literacy and numeracy development
  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Thinking flexibly and independently
  • Expressing and acknowledging feelings
  • Critical thinking and intellectual curiosity
  • Strong sense of self-worth and belonging
  • Communication and problem solving
  • Ability to develop warm and trusting interactions and relationships with other
  • Building resilience and mindfulness
  • Managing impulsivity
  • Developing curiosity and creativity
  • Gathering data through the senses
  • Striving for excellence and self improvement
  • Gross and fine motor skill development
  • Sensory experiences
  • Sustainable and healthy eating habits
  • Sun smart behaviours

In our Kindergarten Program, children have access to Early Literacy Programs such as Sound Waves and Reading Eggs.  These programs are also used in the early primary school education.

We provide our children with the opportunity to experience a digital, play-based language learning program for preschool children, called Ella. This initiative inspires children by driving a genuine interest in a new language and culture.

We utilise Interactive technologies such as Electroboards and touch screen computers to engage with our children in ways that are truly intuitive and collaborative. Information can be displayed, captured, manipulated, and shared quickly and easily.  We access world leading education curriculum resources and innovative programs to enhance the educational outcomes of our children. We use this innovative technology to supports our children's learning, offering them an engaging and fun learning experience.

Our routines and transitions are a major part of the kindergarten day. These activities help children to manage change and move smoothly between experiences, in readiness for School life.


Natural Learning Environment

We have designed our Kindergarten Outdoor Playscape specifically to meet the needs of Kindergarten children. It is packed with natural, educational, fun and challenging play elements that stimulates the senses and promote an outstanding physical learning environment for our children. Our Outdoor Learning Playscapes provide children with the opportunity to spend time in nature, which is a crucial component of early childhood health and development. Inspiring curiosity, creativity and a sense of freedom. Our playscapes facilitate opportunities for motor development and sensory experiences.

Our Outdoor Learning Playscapes encourage all types of free play and help children understand their environment. Outdoor play is an important part of children's physical, mental, social and emotional development. Playing outside in the fresh air is healthy, fun and adventurous, particularly when there are playmates. We provide exceptionally well-designed playgrounds which stimulate each child's imagination and encourages them to explore new dimensions to play. We provide our children with a range of experiences and opportunities including:

  • Being physically active
  • Being challenged and taking risks
  • Socialising with friends
  • Learning to cooperate
  • Using their imagination
  • Playing independently.

Ensuring a smooth transition for our Children from Kindergarten to Primary School 

Our aim is to prepare and positively transition our Children from Kindergarten to Primary School through education and experience. Eastside Early Learning is conveniently located next door to Gumdale State Primary School. We work very closely with Gumdale State School and have regularly planned visits to the School. These visits ensure that our Kindergarten Children are familiar with “Prep”, the School grounds and they have opportunities to engage in “Prep” experiences such as Library visits, Physical Education, Music and Technology Lessons.  Our Kindergarten Children also have access to the Gumdale State School Prep Teachers who visit our Kindergarten Children in their environment at Eastside Early Learning. The Gumdale State School Kindergarten Transitions Teacher and Prep Teachers regularly visit our Kindergarten children at Eastside Early Learning. They provide lessons in Literacy and Numeracy to our Kindy children, helping them to prepare for their successful transition to school. 

In addition we host a "Gumdale State School Information Night" at Eastside Early Learning, for our families who are interested in enrolling their child at the Gumdale State School. This information evening provides our parents with the opportunity to meet the Gumdale State School Leadership Team and to gain valuable information about the School and what it has to offer to our Children. Our Transition Program with the Gumdale State School ensures that our Kindergarten Children are happy, comfortable and positive about transitioning from Kindergarten to School.  

In 2019 we are further developing these relationships in the wider community to include all schools that fall within our local catchment to ensure that all children here at Eastside have opportunities to engage with their school of choice to make the transition to big school a comfortable and exciting journey for all.

In our Kindergarten Program, children have access to Early Literacy Programs such as Sound Waves and Reading Eggs.  These programs are also used in the early primary school education.

Our routines and transitions are a major part of the kindergarten day. These activities help children to manage change and move smoothly between experiences, in readiness for School life.

In accordance with our Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program, we promote continuity of learning for children. We reflect and share information with parents about their children's progress. We also prepare the Transition Statement, which provides a summary of each child's learning with contributions from the kindergarten program teacher, parents and child, created towards the end of the year. It is a useful document parents are encouraged to share with their child's Prep Teacher to support a smooth transition to Prep.

We have received very positive feedback from our local schools on our children being very well prepared for their start of school journey.


Our Approved Kindergarten Program

Our Kindergarten Program is Queensland Government approved and we are proud to employ two fully qualified early childhood teacher to deliver this service. While Early Years Framework focuses on children from birth to five years, the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines supports kindergarten teachers in the delivery of this targeted program in a pre-Prep setting to support a smooth transition to Prep. The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines build connections between what children already know or can do, their learning in a kindergarten program and future learning in Prep. Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines help children to:

  • Develop a strong sense of their identity
  • Become connected with and contribute to their world
  • Build a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Be confident and involved learners
  • Develop effective communication skills.


Collaborative Partnerships with our Families and Communities

We foster collaborative partnerships with our families and communities. We respect and value the individual backgrounds and unique culture and customs of our families. Their contribution is valued and respected. These relationships provide opportunities for our Teachers to celebrate the richness and diversity of cultures and heritages that our children and families bring to our learning environment. We also incorporate a number of special presentations for our Kindergarten Children on a variety of subjects and interests throughout the year. This may include visits from members of community such as Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade and local Health Care Professionals.


Holistic, innovative, integrated child care & early education

At Eastside Early Learning we are passionate about helping children become ready for the wider world.  Through our play-based programs, we are committed to providing individual and group experiences designed to enhance, extend and challenge your child's thinking and learning.

Our holistic and integrated approach ensures our early learning services are specifically tailored to your child's and your family's needs.  Our Kindergarten Program is Queensland Government approved and we are proud to employ a fully qualified early childhood teacher to deliver this service.


Our Early Years Education Program

The Early Years Learning Framework's vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. It is a guide for early childhood educators who work with children from birth to five years. They use the framework in partnership with families - children's first and most influential educators - to develop learning programs responsive to children's ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through their play.

Through the Early Years Learning Framework there are five learning outcomes which educators and teachers will assist your child to develop:

  • A strong sense of their identity
  • Connection with and contribution to their world
  • A strong sense of wellbeing
  • Confidence and involvement in their learning
  • Effective communication skills.

Eastside Early Learning has been rated as Meeting National Quality Standards

Eastside Early Learning has been rated overall as Meeting National Quality Standard by the Department of Education and Training as at 19/04/2016. The overall rating of a service is determined by the combination of the Quality Area rating achieved in the following Quality Areas:

  • Educational Program and Practice
  • Children's Health and Safety
  • Physical Environment
  • Staffing Arrangements
  • Relationships with Children
  • Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities
  • Leadership and Service Management.

Eastside Early Learning has been assessed against the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care and these ratings have been awarded in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Educational and Care Service National Regulations 2011​.

This outstanding result was achieved by Eastside Early Learning after a two day rigorous assessment and rating by the Department of Education, Training and Employment conducted 08-09/03/2016.

View our Rating Certificate


Eastside Early Learning has been awarded SunSmart status

In November 2015, The Cancer Council of Queensland awarded SunSmart status to Eastside Early Learning.

SunSmart status is awarded to schools and child care centres who commit to following Cancer Council Queensland 's strict sun protection guidelines. As Queensland has amongst the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, it is vitally important that Queensland children are adequately protected from the sun and early childhood centres are the perfect setting for establishing SunSmart behaviours.

We promote sun safety with our little ones at every opportunity and will always ensure that we are committed to the health of your children.


For more information on our child care service in Gumdale and the surrounding areas, contact us or complete our online enquiry form.