Mosaic South Perth

Nurture. Educate. Discover.

Daily Routines and Rituals

7:00am – Our opening time

Children begin to arrive and settle in for the day. The rooms are set up for a multi-age start. Depending on staff to child ratio requirements, we meet in the toddler’s room until numbers require us to go to our homerooms.

8:00am – Children continue to arrive

This is a time to play with play dough, puzzles, dolls, books, and construction … Weather permitting the start to the day may be outside ... A welcoming space to say goodbye to Mum, Dad or our caregiver.

9:30am – Transition to morning tea and a chat

The bell sounds signaling time to finish what we are doing and pack away. Reading and telling stories, songs, music and lots of discussion about what we have been doing, what we have seen and what we would like to do.

9:45am – Morning Tea

Time to wash our hands, have a snack, a drink and chat with friends and educators. 

10:15am – The morning program

Experiences from a range of disciplines that include literacy, cooking, gardening, art, drawing, dance, music, modelling, construction, outdoor, fine and gross motor activities, and dramatic play.

11:15am – Time to Tidy Away Together

11:30am – Story time

Educators present activities according to the dynamics, maybe a story, puppet play, yoga, rhythmical drama or percussion session. Also a chance to discuss our morning.

11:45am – Lunch and Transition to Rest

We all eat together and share what we've done in the morning. Children that sleep are prepared, while non-sleepers are offered quieter activities during this period.

12:30pm – The Centre is Quiet

1:45pm – Afternoon program begins

Time to play again, either inside or outside, weather permitting.  Children who are still sleeping wake up when ready and join their friends.

2:00pm – Afternoon program is offered and facilitated

Morning program activities may be extended and offered to children who didn’t partake, as well as introducing new activities and experiences.

2:45pm – Time to finish what we are doing and all help pack away

3:00pm – Afternoon Tea

Children again come together to eat, and maybe share some baking that has been done, have a drink and chat about their day.  

3:20pm – Free play inside or outside (weather permitting)

4.15pm – Story time

 And many other things to choose from depending on the mood, may be reading, songs, yoga or games – or all of these!

4:45pm – Late Snack

A small snack before home time. 

5:15pm – Free time

Also time to ensure children are prepared for going home.

6.00pm – Centre closes

 

About Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

At Mosaic Early Learning Centre our curriculum for all rooms is based on the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. This program is a national early learning framework for children from birth to five years and you can find more information at the EYLF website.

Using this framework, educators will observe your child’s learning so they can build on it and plan the next steps. They will do this by listening, watching and talking to your child, and will keep photos and a portfolio of your child’s work to show what they are learning, how they are developing and what particular learning interests them.

Your educator will keep in touch with you regularly to discuss your child’s progress, and if they feel there is an area of concern they will inform you and advise where help may be sought, e.g. speech therapist. It is always your decision to follow this up. Educators are willing to discuss any aspect of development with parents.

What is the Early Years Learning Framework all About?

What is EYLF? The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) has been developed to ensure your child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting. This is a vital time for them to learn and develop.

The Framework's vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. It is a guide for early childhood educators who work with children from birth to five years. They use the Framework in partnership with families, children's first and most influential educators, to develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through their play.

The Basics? The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming:

Play is Learning

Play is very important for children. Through play babies and young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create. When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. This is why play is one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework. By using this Framework educators will guide your child’s play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments.

Relationships are Key

It is well known that children learn best when they have secure relationships with caring adults. When children from a very early age develop trusting relationships they feel more confident and able to explore and learn. In early childhood settings, when children feel emotionally secure they learn through play to develop the skills and understandings they need to interact positively with others and gradually learn to take responsibility.

How will it Work?

The Framework has been created and trialed by experienced early childhood educators, academics, parents and carers. It focuses on your child’s learning through their own play, and educators at Mosaic will work with you in order to get to know your child well. They will create a learning program that builds on your child’s interests and abilities, and keep you in touch with your child’s progress.

Through the Framework’s five learning goals educators will assist your child to develop:

  • a strong sense of their identity

  • connections with their world

  • a strong sense of well-being

  • confidence and involvement in their learning

  • effective communication skills

Philosophy

Mosaic Early Learning Centre has been created to provide a holistic environment where children and families can build a strong foundation for the future. We aim to nurture, educate and inspire not only the children who come into our centre, but also their families.

At Mosaic we have endeavoured to create a space where everyone who visits feels welcome, respected and has a sense of belonging.

At Mosaic, we talk in the language of journey and story: creating learning experiences that allow children to develop and grow as they establish their own narrative and navigate through a series of educational and developmental pathways.

Parents, caregivers and family are the most important influence in a child’s life. At Mosaic, we view them as partners, collaborators and advocates for their child. As a child’s first teachers, you have a vital role in early development and we take into account the complexities of contemporary family life. We offer quality care and education programs,, as well as resources and support for the whole family.

Mosaic seeks to be a happy centre where children laugh, play, discover and, most importantly, where children can be children. Our curriculum is influenced by the Reggio Emilio philosophy that originated in Italy, and has been internationally recognised for its outstanding quality of education, respect and care for children.

Child initiated, and nature play, is an important part of our program. Studies show that children who play in natural settings play in more diverse, imaginative and creative ways and show improved language and sharing skills.

The Mosaic program also follows the principles, practice and outcomes outlined in the Early Years Learning Frameworks and the National Quality Standards. Our educators are experienced in developing and implementing age-appropriate programs whilst taking into account the needs of each individual child.

With the knowledge that the early years of a child’s life are the foundation for their future success, it is our desire that children who leave Mosaic will be able to embrace the rest of their life journey with self-confidence, understanding and respect for all that they will encounter.

Essential Oils at Mosaic

Mosaic enjoys using doTERRA Essential Oils, which compliment our bodies naturally.  You may already have had some experience with doTERRA Essential Oils yourself.  Our staff have personally found these very effective in assisting with their own health and wellbeing and as our philosophy states we are committed to a holistic environment for all. 

You may have noticed some unusual scents when you arrive at Mosaic and this is because we have been using diffusers in some of the rooms.  The primary function of the diffuser is to expel fragrant air into the room by using a combination of the essential oils and water.  Topical use of the oils to the skin can aid teething, sleep, common colds, and skin irritations as well as many other common complaints. Information attached.

This link will take you to the doTERRA (check link) website and information regarding the oils and how they are used or you can click here.  We ask that you consider the information and request that you notify Mosaic of any concerns.  The protocols for using the oils topically and aromatically are available from the centre.  If you do not want your child exposed to topical use of the oils please let the educators in your room know.

Policies and Procedures

Mosaic’s policy and procedures are able to be viewed from the ELC office.

Please speak to us, or contact us to receive clarification on any of our specific policies.

We welcome your feedback to these, either via the website, in the foyer, or via Story Park.

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