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Our Centre

Our Rooms

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In the infants room at Kirinari Early Childhood Centre, we provide a nurturing and loving environment for children (from birth to 2 years) to grow and develop in. The environment is stimulating and offers many opportunities for the children to explore and learn.

The competent, passionate and qualified Educators who care for the children, have had many years of experience. All Educators provide a genuine and personal interest in and dialogue with each child as a developing individual.

The curriculum in the room is developed using a Primary Caregiving approach. This means each Educator creates secure attachments with a small group of children and their families. The relationship between each child and their Primary Caregiver is paramount and develops over time, involving the child and the family. The primary caregiving model actively seeks to ensure communication is centred on the child through a partnership approach. This builds knowledge of the routines, interest, development and temperament of each child and the caregiving styles of the family.

The Educators recognise that primary caregivers cannot be there at all times, so they also assign a secondary care giver who works in partnership with the primary care Educator to ensure that the children can form secure attachments with all of the Educators in the room.

Activities are provided to the children to enhance their language, social, fine/gross motor, emotional and cognitive skills. These activities are planned based on the Educators observations of the children and on each child's personal interests.  These include:

  • Drawing with all sorts of mediums, for example: texta's, pencils, chalk, paint etc.
  • Pouring activities using water or sand.
  • Play dough and finger/brush painting.
  • Feet painting.
  • Music activities with various instruments and dancing.
  • Obstacle courses and puzzles.

Our caregiving routines and rituals are created to be predictable experiences for the children. This helps the child to learn what to expect in their day, supporting a respectful and trusting relationship between the child and their caregiver. Each routine activity is rich in language, cues and responses. The Educators provide enough time for the child to participate in their routines, creating meaningful and naturally satisfying caregiving experiences.

wombatThe Kirinari toddler room is called The Wombats. It is for children 2 years to 3.5 years.

It is a great, fun room that has a strong child-centred program. We are a busy room with many extended activities in place to stimulate the children's cognitive and intellectual development. We provide an environment that promotes autonomy and fosters self-esteem. Our art and craft activities are responsive to the needs of our very creative and hands-on toddlers.

We provide a sound, safe and changing physical outdoor environment. We have a playground surrounded by native plants and gum trees. Our indoor area is spacious with two extra rooms for group times, dramatic play and block construction. We have a designated sleep room to ensure our toddlers can rest and sleep to give them all the energy they need to grow and develop.

There are places for 22 toddlers. The dedicated, professional Educators have various recognised qualifications and a wealth of early childhood experience.

We encourage our parents to be an active part of their child's day by bringing new ideas that help enrich the program. Parents are welcomed to bring aspects of their home culture into our Centre.

kangarooIn the Kangaroo room at Kirinari Early Childhood Centre, we provide a nurturing and educational environment for children from 3 years to school age. The environment is stimulating and offers a wide range of experiences for children to explore and develop in.

The competent and qualified Educators who care for the children have had many years of experience and are continually updating their knowledge and skills to provide better quality care for the children. All Educators are enthusiastic and genuinely interested in the development and individual needs of the children.

The daily program focuses on individual and group based activities which are geared to the needs, interests and strengths of the individual children. The program covers all areas of development - including emotional, social, physical, cognitive and language development. Each week a group of children have observations completed and a planned experience is designed for the following time they are at the Centre. This ensures that the program is child-centred and remains stimulating for the entire group.

The room is divided up into working areas including dramatic play, block/construction play, book/quiet corner, arts and crafts, exploratory play, puzzles, maths play and language and literacy development and home corner. Our outdoor environment is large with many native shrubs and trees throughout the environment. We teach an environmental policy that encourages us to compost food scraps, recycle paper and caring for our vegetable garden, where the children plant and look after the garden by weeding and watering the plants.

We attend many excursions throughout the year to locations all around Canberra and have visitors to the Centre to extend the program. We regularly utilise the facilities on campus here at UC. We have a qualified music teacher come to the Centre each Friday. This program helps the children to develop musical knowledge. We also have Duncan and his family, the Wiradjuri Echoes, an Indigenous dance group, visit us once a month to perform for the children and to share Indigenous stories and activities with the children.

Parents in the Kangaroo room play an active part in the development and running of the program. Parents assist with making resources, joining in on group activities and celebrations and adding idea's to the weekly program. Information to parents is available daily through verbal and written means.

Excursions

Excursions form a regular and enjoyable part of the program. Parents are very welcome to join us for these occasions. Some of the excursions the children have attended in the past include:- Canberra Theatre shows, National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra Museum & Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Playschool Concert, Reptile Park, Dinosaur Museum, ACTION Bus Wash and the Belconnen Library just to name a few. We also utilise the facilities of the University on a regular basis, visiting the library, shops, restaurants, cafĂ©'s, the gym and the ovals.

Incursions

The Centre also supports a number of local and travelling artists by having them visit us at Kirinari. Some of these "Incursions" include: Patsy Allen storytelling, Community Aid Abroad Shows, Gary and Carol Crees, Monkey Drum, Puppet shows, wildlife displays, Kenny Koala Police awareness, fire department visits and Rhythms From Afar. These can be changed to reflect what is required at Kirinari at the time, to suit our audience. We also encourage parents to take part in entertaining and educating the children with cultural stories, cooking experiences and art activities.

Music and Dance sessions

We have a DanceKids session on Tuesday mornings.

"DanceKids was built on the idea of using dance, music and theatre to assist teachers in enhancing their students' learning experiences. Our programs focus on exploring basic scientific concepts, the natural world and cultural values, with the hope that we will kindle an interest in the hearts and minds of the children we interact with. At the end of our programs we offer suggestions of ways to continue the content covered into other learning areas."  Visit their website to find out more information.

We have Rocking Horse Music sessions on Wednesdays mornings.

Every child and adult has music ability potential. As teachers, parents and carers, we seek to be enthusiastic and effective musical role models. We provide a nurturing and stimulating musical environment. We respect each child and adult as a unique individual. The "heart" of our program is to lay the foundations of basic musicianship in a developmentally appropriate, playful, engaging and educational manner. We validate all musical efforts of children and adults. We focus on active music-making and the complementary approaches of three prominent music educators:

  • Kodaly
  • Orff
  • Dalcroze

We believe quality experiences of active music-making should be accessible to all children and adults. We provide a diverse and exemplary collection of musical experiences and materials to develop aesthetic awareness. We value the importance of live and active music-making. We embrace our differences and look for similarities. Our most powerful and potent instrument is our voice. We value the process approach over performance pressure for young children. We seek to be informed and always open to new developments in early childhood music education.

Visit their website for more information.

Wiradjuri Echoes visit us once a month.

Duncan Smith and his family are the Wiradjuri Echoes, an indigenous performance group. The group perform for the children and teach them about aboriginal culture through stories, art, song and dance.  Visit their website for more information, or watch this video to meet Duncan and his Mob.

In 2016 Duncan Smith was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to Indigenous youth and to the community. Congratulations Duncan.