Kindergarten program exceeds in assessment

Published on 11 September 2017

Terang Children's centre

Learning based around children’s interests in animal health and gardening has contributed to Terang Children’s Centre achieving a high rating during a recent national assessment.

Kindergarten teacher Genevieve Mack said educators were increasingly using children’s curiosity of the world around them to enhance learning experiences.

“Discussions about sick animals between educators and children prompted the set-up of a vet play corner which proved very popular along with a visit from a vet about his work with animals,” Ms Mack said.

“We also extended the animal learning when a child found a bird’s nest and educators encouraged the children to make their own from clay and sticks,” she said.

Terang Children’s Centre received a rating of exceeding the national quality standard which recognised the high quality child focussed learning offered.

Ms Mack said the educators and students were incredibly pleased with the results of the assessment which was their first since opening in 2016.

“We believe that our strong partnerships with families and the wider community have also contributed to our wonderful results.

“Along with children who are full of fun, bright energy and great ideas making our kinder one that exceeds in all areas,” she said.

Corangamite Shire Manager Community Service Matthew Dawson said only 34% of services in Victoria were rated as exceeding as part of the national quality assessment.

“All kindergarten, family day care, long day care and outside school hours’ care services are rated and assessed every two and a half years,” Mr Dawson said.

“Council is very pleased to have received this rating and look forward continuing to provide these quality services to our communities,” he said.