Our Curriculum and Education Approach

Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum is Australia’s most progressive approach to early education for babies, toddlers and 3-5-year-olds.

 

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The Lifelong Learning Curriculum

Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum is Australia’s most progressive approach to early education for children from birth to age five. It is based on the belief that learning and development occurs most successfully when supported by nurturing and engaged educators, in partnership with families and communities. Our educators and teachers are trained and accredited in the Lifelong Learning Curriculum by Affinity Education Group, Australia’s leading provider of early education and care. This curriculum draws on the best models of early education, contemporary research and evidence informed practices such as Circle of Security, Abecedarian, and Project Based learning. It aligns to Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework and offers a rich combination of play-based and intentional teaching experiences appropriate to each age group.

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Healthy Beginnings Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning Healthy Beginnings Curriculum for babies’ birth–1-year-olds emphasizes the establishment of secure attachments and positive relationships between babies and educators through the use of Circle of Security and learning zones focused on play schemas.

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Early Experiences Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning Early Experiences Curriculum for 1-3-year-olds emphasizes the development of Toddlers’ language and social development using the Abecedarian approach within our intentional learning zones focused on play schemas.

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School Readiness Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning School Readiness Curriculum for 3-5-year-olds emphasizes enquiry-based projects and foundation academic skills to support children’s development of key 21st-century school-readiness.

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Lifelong Learning Centres

Inspiring children to reach their full potential.

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Lifelong Learning Curriculum

Developed by Affinity Education, our educators and Early Learning Teachers are trained in the Lifelong Learning Curriculum.

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Health and Wellbeing

Our Educational programs, incursions, excursions, events and daily activities are based on health and wellbeing themes.

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Sustainability Activities

Sustainable practices including gardening, care of centre pets, recycling stations, electricity concervation and more.

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Our Quality Commitment

We thrive on excellence – from the way we implement our curriculum through to our commitment to safe, high-quality services.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day: Teaching Acts of Kindness to Children

Saturday 17th of February 2024 is Random Acts Of Kindness Day! This annual event was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing kindness as the standard. Random Acts Of Kindness Day aims to enhance mental health and ...

Supporting The Progression To Big School

With Graduation done and dusted, you and your child may be nervous about the transition into Big School. Here are five tips to support your child with this significant milestone and set them up for success.  Transparency and open communication.  Validate your child's feelings and ...

How We Transition Your Child To A New Room

Happy New Year! The holiday season is over, and it's time to return to our daily routines. It's incredible to see how quickly our children are growing up. This month, many families are focused on shopping for school supplies and getting their children ready for ...

Early Education: Navigating the First Weeks

The journey begins when your young child's education starts in the early childhood centre. The process of setting up orientation days and helping your child adjust to the new environment, new people, and new routines can be challenging. Your child is likely to experience anticipated ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.  Quality Area 4 of the National Quality Standard aims to ...

Learning With Dr. Lesley Jones: New Year, New Rooms

This month we welcome many children and families to our Centres for the first time. We also welcome back the many thousands of children who will be transitioning into new rooms, and are part of our Affinity Education family. As we begin 2024, we would ...

Educational Programs During the Festive Season

In preparation for 2024, we're launching two exceptional programs that will run across December and January for all of our children, from the nursery through to preschool or kindergarten. The first of those programs is our summer program, which takes full advantage of our beautiful ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 3

Welcome to the third installment of our National Quality Standards series where we highlight the importance of implementing the 7 key Quality Standards throughout all Lifelong Learning Centres.   National Quality Standard - Quality Area 3 Physical Environment The third Quality Area addresses physical environment. Quality ...

Navigating End of Year Transitions

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum offers an abundance of research-based practices that ensure continuous learning during the holiday season. As a parent, you may wonder what development your child is progressing with during this time. Throughout the holiday season, your child is able to engage in ...

Festive Learning in the Nursery 

Research shows that children's development and learning is continuous. There are plenty of opportunities to learn regardless of the season. There are two important reasons why children benefit from care throughout the holiday period. Consistency and predictability of care are essential benefits, as is a ...

Attending Early Education During the Holidays 

The holiday period is such an exciting time for children and families, but it can also be busy and stressful. When your child is enrolled in a Lifelong Learning Centre, you can be assured that while you are busy navigating through the silly season, your ...

Affinity Increases Commitment to The Smith Family

Active Commitment to Sponsorship Affinity Education Group has increased its commitment to The Smith FamilyLearning for Life program again in the third quarter of 2023, with 236 individual child sponsorships now being actively supported on behalf of centres around Australia. The program acknowledges the importance ...
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FAMILY VOTES CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN 2023 KINDICARE AWARDS

Family votes for excellence in early education have resulted in 44 of our early education and childcare centres nationally achieving an Excellent (9.0+) or Outstanding (9.5+) rating in the 2023 KindiCare Excellence Awards.  The KindiCare Awards showcase the top early learning services around the nation, ...

Summer Program Sessions

Your child is invited to join us during our Summer Program! Throughout December, we have planned additional exciting activities to help your child continue their early learning journey whilst benefiting from a rich variety of learning opportunities. In addition to our normal daily programs, our ...

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum – A Guide For Families

This month, we are highlighting the Lifelong Learning Curriculum, Australia's most progressive approach to early education that operates within all our Early Learning Centres. Our Educators implement this program to support our little learners to reach their full potential. Working with our talented and passionate educators, ...

The importance of using the Abecedarian approach to improve toddlers’ language skills

Language is a crucial component of school readiness. No matter a child's age, they actively develop skills to become proficient and active communicators. Research shows that language development is best supported by early exposure to language and sound awareness skills.  While there are many benefits ...

What do infants achieve in an Early Childhood Education environment?

It is natural to wonder whether infants and young children can benefit from time spent in an early childhood environment. At Affinity Education-owned centres, our Lifelong Learning Curriculum (LLC) begins as soon as your child commences their enrolment with us, regardless of age. Our Curriculum ...

Benefits of attending Early Childhood and Care during the Holiday period 

Effective early childhood education is of utmost importance in a successful transition to school and love for Lifelong Learning. Our LLC program is dedicated to ensuring this is achieved all year long. We know how much families like to take this time to have some ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 2

Welcome to the second part of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.  National Quality Standard - Quality Area 2 Children's Health and ...

The importance of friendships and relationships in childcare

This month, we wanted to share with you a little more about early childhood education, what it means, and how it works, and give you a glimpse of what your child may actually experience while with us each day.   Friendships and positive relationships in the ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 1

Our childcare centres are committed to a continuous improvement journey that enriches quality education and care delivery benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards. With more than 90% of the Affinity Education Group owned and operated centres rated Meeting or Exceeding the ...

How friendships are formed

There is so much research and focus on just how crucial the first five years of a child's life are and how this has an impact on social, emotional and future academic success. We know how confusing and conflicting it can be for families trying to make ...

Guiding your Toddlers future behaviours and relationships

When children reach the Toddler stage, their confidence blooms as they know you are there to catch them if they fall. Early Experiences Curriculum They become more curious about anything in front of them and are fascinated by social interactions. It is important to support ...

Why friendships before ‘Big School’ are so important

Research continues to highlight the importance of the first five years of a child's life as the most critical period in the life span for brain development (Fox & Geddes, 2016). The richness and quality of early experiences during this critical time have lifelong impacts ...

It’s Safe Work Month at Our Centres 

National Safe Work Month is upon us! Our Early Learning Centres have jam-packed this October with a variety of events and programs to highlight the steps our centres and their amazing teams take to ensure the well-being and safety of those in our community. Safe Work Australia ...

Aussie Wildlife Champions Dress Up and Donate Success

Dress Up and Donate Day Through the second and third week of September, all our centres participated in the Aussie Wildlife Champions fundraiser drive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.  A part of this fundraiser was a Dress Up and Donate Day on the 21st of ...

A Day of ‘Awe’ and ‘Wonder’ in your Nursery

When thinking about a typical day in the Nursery, it is common to have preconceptions about what happens and how the educators facilitate learning. Through online research and centre tours, you will most likely obtain information that highlights how the infant room follow the baby's ...

How my Educators get me School Ready

Early Childhood Education has proven to play a major role in a child's transition to school, and here at Papilio, we have passionate Educators and Early Childhood Teachers who deliver a range of programs to extend children's curiosity, growth, and independence. This article will explore a typical day in our preschool/Kindergarten rooms.  Key Learning ...

A day in the life of a Toddler

Every day in our Toddler room is filled with different types of learning that your child's Educators have intentionally planned to support children's growth and learning outcomes. From the moment you drop them off to our Educators to the moment your Toddler runs back to ...

A day in the life – Childcare and your child’s development

This month, we wanted to share with you a little more about early childhood education, what it means, and how it works, and give you a glimpse of what your child may actually experience while with us each day.   I know as a parent, you ...

Creativity and fun through the power of books!

Over the week of the 21st of August, our centres celebrated book week through the power of dress up, imagination and creativity as our Educators and Teachers developed learning experiences inspired by the books the children read every day. Papilio Early Learning Baulkham Hills brought ...

Spring has Sprung! What is happening at your centre?

Spring is the season for growth, and at our centres, growth can be seen in every room, program and child in our Lifelong Learning Village.  Over this season, our Spring Program will provide additional opportunities for your children to explore and further develop their abilities; ...

Get involved for National Science Week!

National Science Week is fast approaching, with the official date to launch from the 12th all the way through to the 20th of August. All our Affinity Education Group Centres are getting their nurseries, toddler rooms and school readiness rooms prepared with various science- and ...

Aussie Wildlife Champions now available at your centre!

In an exciting Australia-first, more than 10,000 children aged between 3-5 years will have access to the new Aussie Wildlife Champions Lifelong Learning Curriculum program as the result of a partnership between Affinity Education Group and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC)  Dr Lesley Jones, Head ...

Saying ‘Thank you!’ on Early Childhood Educators Day

The countdown is on to Wednesday, the 6th of September, when our centres will celebrate Early Childhood Educators Day. We're inviting all families and caregivers to make a special effort to say 'Thank You' to the educators who care for and teach their children in ...

Sensory Play: Nurturing your child’s early development

Sensory play, messy play or creative play are just some of the terms used to describe a lot of fun!   As a child our senses are a vital foundation of how we experience the world around us, and sensory-based play is an essential part of ...

Effective room transitioning in early childcare

Graduating from one room to the next is a significant event for children, their families and educators alike. In this article we explore what you can expect as your child transitions from one room to the next.   Graduating from one room to the next ...

Dont miss our Preschool/Kindergarten information sessions

It's that time of year when families begin to turn their attention to deciding where their child should be enrolled for their preschool or kindergarten year. The kindergarten or preschool year is an important one, and one that research tells us will play a significant ...

Easing Separation Anxiety

Graduating from the junior rooms to the older 3-5-year old programs is a significant and exciting transition for young children. In this article, we unpack what families can expect as their child begins this next exciting stage of their educational journey. The graduation of your ...

Your little junior is graduating! Whats next?

Graduating from the junior rooms to the older 3-5-year old programs is a significant and exciting transition for young children. In this article, we unpack what families can expect as their child begins this next exciting stage of their educational journey. The graduation of your ...

Successful transitions through care and trust

Secure relationships… the key to transitioning into care through our Healthy Beginnings Curriculum  Transitioning into care for the first time can often feel daunting for families and full of natural curiosities and 'what if' type questions, like "What if my baby doesn't eat the food ...

Affinity reaches ambitious goal for National Pyjama Day

For the third consecutive year, Affinity Education Group had a successful week raising funds for National Pyjama Day, reaching the ambitious goal of $20,000.  For the third consecutive year, Affinity Education Group had a successful week raising funds for National Pyjama Day, reaching the ambitious goal of ...

10 Things to do when it’s wet with your little ones!   

Entertaining children when it's wet outside, can be difficult for an excitable and energetic child, and our Early Childcare Centres know all too well what it means when the grey clouds roll in.    But don't fret! With thousands of years of combined early childcare experience, ...

What Does The National Quality Standards Mean To Me?

What are the National Quality Standards (NQS)?  The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) National Quality Standards sets a high national benchmark for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care centres in Australia.   The NQS includes 7 quality areas that ...

Toilet Training – Our Experts Top Tips  

Learning to use the toilet is an essential milestone in your child's life, and as we know, each child develops at different rates; therefore, our experts suggest focusing on a variety of developmental cues, rather than age, when deciding to start the toilet training process. ...

School Readiness – Lifelong Learning Curriculum For Your Preschooler

Preparing for school is an exciting time in a child's life, and our staff are here to support your child during this learning journey whilst having fun along the way. If you have been with us, your child will be ready to transition from our ...

Early Experiences – Lifelong Learning Curriculum For Your Toddler

We know your toddler is ready to babble, socialize and make friends in a safe and nurturing environment. Our childcare centres offer a wonderland of play-based early learning environments and experiences during the exciting toddler ages. Our qualified educators are trained and accredited by Affinity ...

Autumn Menu – Spiced Lamb Kofta, flat bread, Tzatziki and Salad

Winter is almost upon us, but we thought we would squeeze in one more of our Autumn menu highlights for our families.    Working closely with Centre Cook Hollie Jones from Aussie Kindies Torquay, we are excited to provide a nutritious meal that could be lunch ...

Milestones Community Spirit in Action for Fighter Frankie

Our amazing team at Milestones Early Learning Blair Athol held an early Australia's Biggest Morning Tea on 19th May in honour of their beloved 'Fighter Frankie' to raise funds to support him as he fights Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Donate - GoFundMe Learn More About Milestones ...

Families Count Down Launch of Papilio Early Learning Tamworth

Our brand new Papilio Early Learning Centre in Tamworth is due to open within weeks and has almost 200 families ready to enrol on day one!  Call Now Learn More About Papilio Early Learning Tamworth Channel 7 Prime shared the news - View on Facebook ...

The Best Start – Lifelong Learning Curriculum For your Baby

The Lifelong Learning Healthy Beginnings Curriculum for babies birth-1-year-olds emphasises the establishment of secure attachments and positive relationships between babies and educators through the use of Circle of Security and learning zones focused on play schemas that support babies' physical and intellectual development. Our qualified ...

Happy Mothers Day 2023

Mother's Day can be such an important day for the families at our centres. This Mother's Day, our centres throughout Australia, celebrated this special day with their enrolled children and their mothers and mother figures. This day was marked with a range of exciting and ...

Autumn Menu – Raspberry, Coconut + Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding 

As we race through Autumn, we are excited to provide another recipe straight from our Centre Cooks to your table!   Our centres are focused on providing all the children in our care with healthy and nutritious meals or snacks that have been designed to provide ...

Healthy Eaters through Food Exploration

Food exploration in a positive environment shows a reduced risk of children becoming picky eaters.   Call Now Research shows that introducing new foods to your child within the first two years and before age four is crucial in nurturing a love of healthy and diverse ...

Lifelong Learning Curriculum – Is Here!

Affinity Education Group is excited to announce the launch of the Lifelong Learning Curriculum, available at all Milestones, Papilio, Kids Academy and Aussie Kindies childcare centres across Australia.  Call Now CCS Estimator Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum is Australia's most progressive approach to early education for ...

What does the new Child Care Subsidy mean for families?

What does the new Child Care Subsidy mean for families?   From 10 July 2023, the Australian Government will be increasing the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates for families within Australia, resulting in reduced gap fees for your family.   Call Now CCS Estimator What you ...

Purpose Built for Quality Education – Papilio Early Learning Tamworth

We are proud to announce Papilio Early Learning Tamworth will be open for fun and learning in early 2023! Papilio Early Learning Tamworth,  is our second purpose-built centre in New South Wales, following the development of Papilio Early Learning Schofields which opened in April 2022. ...

Aussie Kindies North Ipswich – Defiant in the face of Disaster

Affinity Education Group and the entire team at Milestones Early Learning North Ipswich (previously known as Aussie Kindies North Ipswich) are excited to announce the reopening of the flood affected centre, with not only a new facelift but also a new name, for early 2023! The Southeast Queensland ...

Egg’citing fun at Papilio Early Learning Centres

This month our centres are celebrating Egg'citing April by creating Easter based activities that are designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities and of course have fun! This week one of our NSW based centres, Papilio Early Learning North Strathfield Orange organised sensory based activities, an Easter hunt ...

Tummy Time is an essential activity for a baby’s development

Tummy Time is an essential activity for a baby's development and is a regularly encouraging exercise for our centres 0-1 children in our Nursery rooms. Tummy Time is the activity of placing your baby on their tummy for short periods which over time aids in ...

Happy Grandparents Day

Sunday the 30th of October was Grandparents Day and marks the last day of Seniors month. Our centres have been celebrating to show our appreciation for all grandparents in our communities, and those, past and present, that play an active role in our children's lives. ...

Autumn Menu – Butter Chicken

Our centres are focused on providing all the children in our care, with healthy and nutritious meals or snacks that have been designed to provide your child with a balanced diet whilst in our care. Working with our centre cooks, in line with, feedAustralia - ...

Future Scientists! Big Thinkers STEM program now available

What is Big Thinkers STEM? Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has always played a vital role in the development of our Lifelong Learning Curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years old. Recently, Affinity Education Group have released the Lifelong Learning Curriculum "Big Thinkers ...

Harmony Day at Papilio Early Learning Bella Vista

Our centres celebrated Harmony Day by creating activities designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities whilst having fun! This week one of our NSW-based centres, Papilio Early Learning Bella Vista, organised a variety of activities across the age groups, including a coloured rice and legume sensory ...

Our Newest Village Of Little Learners – Kids Academy Springfield

We are excited to announce Kids Academy Springfield will be hosting its Grand Opening on the 6th of March to a new village of little learners and their families! Kids Academy Springfield, located at 6 Meadow Road, Springfield in New South Wales, will be opening ...

Holi – Festival of Colours

Our centres celebrated Holi by creating festival of colours based activities that are designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities, whilst having fun! Last week one of our QLD-based centres, Papilio Early Learning Robina, organized Holi for the children. The children loved Holi as it promotes ...

IWD recognition for Shining Star Noopur Lakhera

Papilio Early Learning Wakerley is thrilled to have been recognised by Affinity Education Group for the work of their Early Childhood Teacher Noopur Lakhera in providing equitable opportunities for children in the Kindergarten classroom. Affinity's QLD State Manager Caz Laramy provided the recognition on a national International Womens ...

Kindamindi Transforms to Milestones Warana

After some 13 years as Kindamindi Warana, this much-loved Sunshine Coast-based childcare centre has just transformed into Milestones Early Learning & Kindergarten Warana. On Monday, 17th April, Minister Andrew Wallace attended Milestones Early Learning Warana to present the centre with a set of Australian, Australian ...

The Importance of Loose Parts Play

Loose parts play allows children to turn everyday items into anything their imagination creates - from wooden blocks, leaves, acorns, and cotton wool - endless options! As babies and toddlers start to explore, they'll often use all of their senses (especially touch and taste) to ...

Benefits of Gardening with Children

We're all aware of the benefits of fresh air and the outdoors, but did you know involving children in simple gardening practices has many benefits too? Gardening can benefit children of all ages by providing a great opportunity to learn and equipping them with critical ...

Aussie Kindies Support Variety’s ‘Hair with Heart’

Inspired by young Chloe Guiney's mission to help children with disabilities who recently took the chop as part of Variety's Hair with Heart initiative, Aussie Kindies Early Learning Kyabram has hosted a week of crazy hair days in December. Chloe's commitment to the initiative saw ...

The Importance Of Outdoor Play: Learning In Action

From nursery to five years old the importance of exploration in a child's development is paramount to their emotional, physical, social, language and cognitive growth. Exploration is not all about providing an environment to allow them to run free… but an area that is safe, ...

Celebrating Early Childhood Educators Day

Today, Early Childhood Educators Day, is a very special day for our community. It's an opportunity to celebrate and thank our teachers and educators for their dedication and commitment to ensuring high-quality early learning opportunities for all children. Our community is proud to have more ...
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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Affinity Education community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land sea and community.

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Affinity Education community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land sea and community.

We pay our respect to their elders past and present and the extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples today.

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