Williams House Kindergarten is located within the expansive grounds of Christian College, Junior School in Belmont. At our Kindergarten, children aged 3 to 5 years enjoy play based learning in a creative, inspiring and loving environment.
Sense of Community
Through programs that approach curriculum as ‘everything’ that happens during our time together, high value is placed on creating a sense of community as well as respect for the individual learning needs and interests of the children. Our eyes are open to the learning which occurs in the course of our everyday life together.
Authentic Love of Learning
Beyond programs built on specific information on ‘set’ topics, staff are intentional about drawing on the ideas that are inspired by our observations of things important to our children. You will see that, via this ‘emergent’ approach, we are fostering an authentic love of learning, investigation and collaboration with others.
A Smooth Transition
Further to the opportunities offered to children in our own exceptionally resourced indoor and outdoor learning environments, Kindergarten programs are further complimented by our use of the Junior School facilities. In their Pre-School year all children have weekly access to specialist Music, Physical Education and Library classes. The value of this positive link with Junior School is affirmed by the smooth transition of the children into the Preparatory Year - an environment that already has so many positive associations for them.
WHild Child Bush Kinder Program
Christian College Geelong is excited to announce the commencement of a new and cutting edge (believed to be the first in Geelong to implement this type of program into the curriculum) initiative at Williams House Kindergarten – The ‘WHild Child Project’.
The ‘WHild Child Project’ is an innovative step in our ever-evolving programs at Williams House Kindergarten. The goal of the program is to connect children with nature and help them develop competence and confidence within natural environments. In taking this step we are joining a regional, as well as world wide, movement that recognises the value of nature play.
Children in the ‘WHild Child Project’ will typically spend a three hour block, in a designated bush setting as part of their weekly preschool program.
Our understanding of early childhood development guides our provision of nature play. We seek to provide opportunities that;
• Will expand children’s territorial scale.
• Refine additional motor skills: e.g. running, jumping, balancing, and scrambling.
• Value ‘ground level’ activity
• Focus on hands-on sensory exploration and experimentation.
• Encourage observation e.g.; following small creatures, insects, birds.
• Teach the naming of objects, plants, animals, weather.
• Grow appreciation for discovering and understanding the ‘great outdoors’.
Extend movement complexity.
• Allow for risk-taking and daring.
• Encourage social, cooperative play and shared experience.
• Illuminate the cycles of life and seasons in nature.
• Allows for cultural expression of nature in music, drama and through literature.
• Develop a ‘sense of place’ and a confident ‘sense of self’.
[Adapted from National Guidelines, ‘Nature Play and Learning Spaces’- Robin C Moore with Howard Frumkin 2014]
Research on the advantages of giving children extended access to natural environments reveal;
- Children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness including coordination, balance and agility, and they are sick less often.
- When Children play in natural environments, their play is more diverse with imaginative play that fosters language and collaborative skills.
- Exposure to natural environments improves children’s cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills.
- Spending time in nature has been found to reduce stress and benefit treatment of numerous health conditions.
- An affinity to, and love of nature, along with positive environmental ethic, grow out of regular contact with, and play in the natural world during early childhood.
- Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and a sense of wonder.
Williams House Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.