Play is the focus of all programs offered at Samford Pines. Programs are play based, child centred, hands on and designed to foster the holistic development of each child.
All programs are underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our programs celebrate diversity, creativity and kindness and are rich in the centre’s values, which are embedded throughout the curriculum. Learning opportunities are flexible, stimulating, challenging and tailored to suit the individual needs and abilities of the children.
Our programs are enhanced through our strong connection with the outdoors and our natural environment. We believe that through these connections, children gain opportunities to develop an appreciation of the natural world around them and an awareness of environmental issues.
We offer a government-approved kindergarten program in our Red Gum and Blue Gum rooms. Both programs are delivered by a registered early childhood teacher supported by an early childhood educator with two years of training. The Red Gum and Blue Gum room programs are also linked to the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG).
Transition to School
We recognise that the transition to school is a time of change that can be both exciting and full of uncertainty. We work closely with our local school community to build strong relationships to support children in making a smooth and seamless transition to the school environment. We aim to build a positive experience for children so that they can meet future transitions throughout their lives with trust and confidence.
Routines are an important part of each child’s day. All routines are flexible and child focused. Children are encouraged to partake in daily routines as they are viewed as lifelong learning opportunities.
Bush Kindy is a program offered to all children attending Samford Pines. This program provides children with opportunities to safely explore a rich and diverse wild space, where child-led play, investigation, curiosity, experimentation and enquiry-based learning are fostered. Bush Kindy offers children a place to safely explore risk, based on their ability and confidence.
- We believe that the primary focus of an early childhood environment must be the individual child.
- We believe that children learn through play and an active environment.
- We believe that children need to feel safe, secure and supported within their environment.
- We believe that families are the most important people in a child’s life.
- We believe that each child should be respected in every possible way.
assessment and rating
Samford Pines Early Learning Centre is committed to providing quality care and education, and offers programs that link directly to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines.
We are members of Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland (ACA QLD) and Nutrition Australia, and our services are rated as Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework (NQF).