Our early learning philosophy
Suncoast Little Learners is built upon a sound Christian ethos that is demonstrated by our commitment to providing a loving, nurturing and caring environment for all children, their families and our staff. We strive to build a Christian faith learning community in which children gain an understanding and appreciation of God, his character and his creation.
At Suncoast Little Learners we follow the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline which is based on the national approved learning framework: Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) – set within a Christian context. Our key learning outcomes are aligned to the National Early Years Learning Framework, My Time Our Place and the Queensland Kindergarten Guidelines. Suncoast Little Learners embraces the EYLF’s vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”.
Suncoast Little Learners is inspired by The Walker Learning Approach (WLA), an Australian designed teaching and learning approach (pedagogy) that authentically personalises learning and is developmentally and culturally appropriate. Learning is real, relevant and meaningful for all children regardless of their age, culture, family context, socioeconomic background or geographical position.
It places the child at the centre and utilises developmental psychology and biology alongside cultural and environmental influences as its pedagogical platform and the basis for practical application across the Australian setting. The WLA is incorporated in a systems-based model for the education of the whole child (birth to 12 years) through theories of practice, parent education, empowerment and inclusion, teaching and learning at school, and establishing and sustaining links and networks between family and community.
Fees are billed for the year with the exception of holiday periods, until two weeks’ notice to withdraw is given in writing. This includes any day’s absences. Children attending the Kindergarten program will be billed for only 40 weeks per year.
Fees are to be paid fortnightly in advance via Ezidebit set up at the time of commencement.
Full fees are payable for absences due to family holidays, illness and also for days when Suncoast Little Learners is closed for statutory holidays.
Fee increases occur at the end of Term 2 each year, in line with the Childcare Subsidy increase.
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Pre Kindergarten Room
The Pre-Kindergarten program is specifically tailored to cater for children from 2½ to 3½ years. The Pre-Kindergarten offers extended hours care (6:45am – 5:45pm) Monday to Friday for 48 weeks of the year.
- Our Queensland Government Approved kindergarten program operates 5 days per week with options for a 5-day fortnight, full-time or flexible arrangements to suit you or your child’s needs.
- Hours of operation 6:45am to 5:45pm with the Kindergarten program running from 7:30am and 3:15pm, 40 weeks of the year.
- Children participate in weekly specialist physical education, performing arts lessons and Library visits.
- The Kindergarten room is closed during school holidays although care is available during this period if required. Arrangements can be accommodated via the Centre Director.