The Education Directorate's vision is that all young people in the ACT learn, thrive and are equipped with the skills to lead fulfilling, productive and responsible lives. The Education Directorate's values are honesty, excellence, fairness and respect. This vision and these values are reflected through our school philosophy.
Lyons Early Childhood School is an ACT Government school. We implement local and national curriculum frameworks. Our approach is based on the research from Kathy Walker (http://walkerlearning.com.au) and focuses on high-level enquiry and challenge using children's interests as a foundation. Tuning In, Investigating and Reflecting are key components of Preschool to Year 2 timetables, allowing children to enquire and be challenged through play.
Within birth to Preschool learning spaces educators implement the Early Years Learning Framework to guide their practice and to 'provide young children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success' (Early Years Learning Framework page 5).
Kindergarten to Year 2 educators implement the Australian Curriculum and the ACT Curriculum Framework Every Chance to Learn to plan, implement and assess learning and teaching. Play-based enquiry links to daily explicit teaching of English and Mathematics outcomes. Children's progress across English, Mathematics and all key learning areas is tracked and reported upon to parents. We place a strong focus on all developmental domains, including cognitive, social, emotional, language, communication and physical development.
As part of our daily program children have access to a wide range of equipment and resources. To avoid loss or damage, we encourage children to not bring toys in from home unless it is part of their learning program.
Educators undertake a variety of assessments throughout the year for all children (Preschool to Year 2). Assessment is child-centred and includes the voice of the child, parent and educator. Assessment is linked to the Early Years Learning Framework, the Australian Curriculum and Every Chance to Learn. Assessment data is used to indicate progress and inform planning for individual children's needs.
Reporting occurs in a variety of forums, including formal reports, interviews, learning journey, teacher / parent conversations and communication books.