At Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten opened its doors in January 2015. At Living Faith all children are seen as unique and special creations of God.
Our Christian ethos is expressed through the culture of our Kindergarten, all teaching and learning experiences, pastoral care of students and staff, policies and practices.
The Teachers and Educators at Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten are professionally active and keep abreast of current research and thinking through professional reading, courses of study, workshops, networking and dialogue. The Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten philosophy is influenced by a number of theorists including:
Malaguzzi: children as rich and competent; co-constructors of knowledge; one hundred languages to express oneself (painting, dance, words, drawing etc)
Gardner: multiple intelligences; children express themselves in many ways
Vygotsky – social constructivism
Froebel – relationships
Erikson: emotional stages of development
Steiner: supporting individuals; creativity; self-expression
We follow The Early Years Learning Framework. This Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children’s learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. We also follow the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. These guidelines provide advice for planning, interacting with children, monitoring and assessing, and sharing information in a kindergarten context.
The Curriculum – what do we focus on?
Staff use their knowledge of students – their needs, interests, contexts and prior learning – to support and extend their Christian understandings based on the philosophies of the Lutheran Church.
Teaching the key ideas of the Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (Beginning Phase) helps each child develop their own personal understandings about God, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and how it relates to their personal life and actions.
Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten operates two Kindergarten programs. Our programs follow the Early Years Learning Framework which enables educators to provide young children with opportunities to maximize their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. The document is titled Belonging, Being, Becoming - Every child in our care will experience a genuine sense of belonging, they will have time and space to be themselves and will be supported in who they are becoming.
We ensure that we are developing these three aspects in the following ways:
Belonging – Supporting children to belong, providing them with the opportunity to be part of a community
Being – Giving children the chance to be themselves. Allowing children the time to grow at their own pace, enjoy the wonder of childhood, learn about themselves, develop deep relationships and become fully involved with new ideas and interests.
Becoming – Supporting children to realise their potential and also helping them to grow into active members of the community.
Our Kindergarten programs also follow the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines which specifically focuses on enriching children’s learning in the Kindergarten year. The guideline provides advice to support Kindergarten teachers to strengthen the children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming. The guideline has five learning and development areas that relate to the five broad learning outcomes in the Early Learning Framework which are as follows:
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators
At Living Faith Lutheran Kindergarten we embrace a wide range of perspectives and understandings. We are strongly based in a play based learning environment where children are co-creators of their learning journeys. We support their developing of questions and help them seek solutions and encourage them to experiment and problem solve. We encourage children develop a cooperative culture that supports taking risks and expressing ideas.
The program is derived from observations and interests of each child. The programs are open and flexible as children explore their world, and grow more and more capable and confident in their own abilities. The design and presentation of the program endeavors to develop the child’s independence and physical growth. Social skills, intellectual skills, the ability to focus and concentrate and the emotional developmental needs of every child are emphasized throughout the programming and planning process.