Thrive Early Learning Centre Curriculum

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Curriculum Philosophy

At Thrive Early Learning Centres we believe early childhood years are the most vital in a person’s life. We offer a secure and safe environment where curiosity is encouraged, ideas are explored, and discovery is celebrated. We set the stage for your little one to achieve their best. At Thrive we have created a sensory rich learning environment for your child that will encourage your child’s sense of discovery, build confidence, support self-expression and an excitement to learn. Every child is unique, so we work with you to tailor every part of your child’s experience from their learning style to dietary requirements. 

Our fees cover the Thrive Learning Curriculum, healthy food program, nappies and wipes. We invite you to take a no-obligation free tour of your nearest Thrive Early Learning Centre.

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Thrive Curriculum Pillars

Our emphasis on the importance of relationships, experiences and the environment are evident throughout the following Learning Pillars;

Socially Thriving

Structured play helps your children develop crucial interpersonal and communication skills. We create environments in which children experience mutually caring and respectful relationships with their peers whilst also developing independence, resilience and confidence within themselves.
To support children’s learning, our educators promote trusting relationships, safe environments and respect for all aspects of a child’s physical, emotional, social, cognitive, linguistic, creative and spiritual being.
Academically Thriving

Children acquire a range of skills which develops fundamental critical thinking and language skills. We shape confident and enthusiastic learners by implementing learning which encourages problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesizing, researching and investigating.
Ecologically Thriving

Our educators promote learning opportunities in which children exercise respect, care and an appreciation for the natural environment. All Thrive centres use rainwater tanks to enable the watering of our garden beds.
Physically Thriving

A child’s wellbeing incorporates both physical and psychological aspects which are integral to self-confidence. Our educators promote learning experiences which encourage healthy lifestyles, including nutrition, personal hygiene, physical health and social relationships which contribute to a child’s concentration and participation in play and learning.
Community cultures reflected in the Curriculum.

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Community Connection

At THRIVE we place great value on culture, whether it be a family’s cultural background, their family traditions and practices or languages spoken. It is important that we discover “who” each family is and what they value. We also value the community we are located in. It is important for our children, families and educators to feel connected to the service, that their culture is reflected in our environment and experiences, that they belong. 

We achieve this through, but not limited to;

Collecting information from families during orientation and throughout their time at THRIVE
We communicate with all educators about what they value and how we can embed their culture into the service.
We review our menus to ensure they reflect the cultures within the service.
We invite all educators and families to participate and contribute to cultural celebrations.
We ensure our resources such as books, dolls, displays, puzzles, music, dress-ups, etc. reflect our community’s cultures.

Extra-Curricular Programs

Lifelong Learning

Here at Thrive we are committed to providing exceptional quality in Early Education and have partnered with industry leading programs to support our Thrive Learning Curriculum to give your child the best possible start in life.

Bonjour Babies, French Language Program

Research shows that early exposure to a second language facilitates growth and integration of the developing brain, leading to improved cognitive functioning and superior reading, writing, analytical and even social skills.
GrowFit, Sports Education

GrowFit provides specialised early childhood health education and gross motor development classes which will encourage and promote positive health awareness and knowledge.
This takes place in a safe and educational environment, where children can strengthen both mind and body, whilst developing self-confidence and personal motivation.

 

Centres Local Communities

At Thrive we believe in the importance of children developing relationships within their local communities.

Which is why we;

Have our local firefighters visit or Police visit

And then make a meal with the children to take to say thank you (active community engagement)
Having set excursions of at least 4 per month.
Making the most of the Woolworths tours

Or going to a local grocer/florist and asking about their industry and even inviting them in to do a small workshop with the children.
Liaising with the local primary school to work together on a project.

Perhaps the school SRC can come and help teach the children how to make an art project which can occur over several weeks and then the children can visit the school to see the artwork displayed.
Making Connections with Aboriginal & Torres Strait
 At THRIVE we wish to create an environment that fosters respect, dignity and equity. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we aim to build awareness and respect for their culture and connection to the land.

We aim to do this in several ways including;

Ensuring resources reflect Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures such as dolls, images, puzzles, colours used in art, music, stories - both dreamtime and contemporary, dance
Use of natural resources as part of our play and learning spaces such as rocks, sand, dirt, bark, seed pods
Use of Australian native flora in our gardens, where possible
Display the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags at the service entrance to show we are a culturally safe space
Discussions and celebrations during NAIDOC week
Regular team discussions about embedding Indigenous culture in a non-tokenistic way
Acknowledgement of Country is said each morning with the children, as below;
Educators attend PD, Conferences and/or access relevant journals / blogs to increase their knowledge
The service is developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and as part of this educators are building relationships with relevant Organisations and individuals
Centre organises a minimum of 2 incursions per year to teach children about Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Culture
Children's Acknowledgement To Country

We at Thrive  Early Learning Centres
would like to say thank you to the Wallumedegal people
of the Eora Nation for letting us share your land.
We Promise to look after it, the animals and the people too.

Hello Land (all touch the land)
Hello Sky (Arms up to the Sky)
Hello Me (Hug themselves)
Hello Friends (open arms)

MUNCH & MOVE

Munch & Move is fun play-based NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and encourages limiting small screen recreation through six positive, health promoting key messages. The Munch & Move program fits within the new National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework.

Early childhood is the ideal time for children to develop and practice healthy eating and physical activity habits; this includes learning a range of fundamental movement skills that will help children take part in and enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.

Children spend a substantial amount of time in early childhood settings including preschools, long day care services and family day care services. Because so many children attend these services, they provide ideal settings to increase awareness of appropriate physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Establishing sound eating and activity habits from an early age gives children the best chance of leading a healthy life and maintaining a healthy weight. Munch & Move supports the NSW Government’s priority of preventing childhood overweight and obesity.

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The EYLF and Thrive curriculum aim to work on 5 very important outcomes:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity

    Children learn about themselves and construct their own identity within the context of their families and communities. This includes their relationships with people, places, things and the actions and responses of others. Knowing who we are is essential in forming relationships with others.

    Through our “thriving “curriculum we endeavour to create successful competent learners that have a strong sense of identity, are individually catered for and are equipped with skills that promote life long learning.

  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world

    Having a positive sense of identity and experiencing respectful, responsive relationships, strengthens children’s interest and skills in being and becoming active contributors to their world.

    Thrive Early Learning centres are a safe and nurturing environment where children will feel encouraged, equal and included. Through our “thriving” curriculum children will learn and develop responsible habits that will promote confident and involved learners that can contribute to their world and environment. Our centres are an exceptional place where children are always “learning for life”.

  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

    At Thrive, learning about healthy lifestyles, including nutrition, personal hygiene, physical fitness, emotions and social relationships is integral to wellbeing and self-confidence. Physical wellbeing contributes to the childrens ability to concentrate, cooperate and learn. Our Thrive Centres aim to promote healthy, happy children.

  • Children are confident and involved learners

    A sense of security and sound wellbeing gives children the confidence to experiment, explore and to try out new ideas, thus developing their competence and becoming active and involved participants in learning.

    Our Thrive team encourages confident and involved learners by using families and community experiences to share understanding and include them in our early childhood setting. This assists children to make connections and to make sense of new experiences.

    At Thrive early learning centres we use processes such as exploration, collaboration and problem solving across all aspects of our curriculum.

  • Children are effective communicators

    Communication is crucial!

    From birth children communicate with others using gestures, sounds, language and assisted communication. We are all social beings who are intrinsically motivated to exchange ideas, thoughts, questions and feelings with others. At Thrive we use a range of tools and media, including music, dance and drama for children to express themselves and connect with others and extend their learning.

    The team at Thrive aim to maintain a clear and open line of communication with our parents to promote healthy feedback and partnerships that will strengthen our centre community.