Setting goals for children as part of our School Readiness Curriculum

Setting goals for children as part of the Lifelong Learning Curriculum School Readiness Program

As we know all children are individual and have differing strengths and interests. Here at Affinity education, we use a range of data-informed practices, aligned with our Lifelong earning Curriculum, to ensure we lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and empower children to reach their full potential. 

Our educators recognise that every child progresses at their own pace, therefore they tailor their approach to accommodate individual strengths and areas for growth. This deliberate consideration of developmental stages fosters not only academic advancement but also emotional and social well-being. 

By intertwining children’s interests, developmental milestones, and data-driven insights, educators create a rich environment of learning experiences that cater to the diverse needs of each child. 

How we use data to plan for children 

Educators harness the use of regular progress records, including tools such as the Early Years Toolbox (EYT). 

Our unique partnership with Wollongong University has led to our comprehensive use of the EYT for us to assess children (4-5-year-old) across some key areas of learning and development and provides invaluable insights into children’s growth and development. These records serve as windows into each child’s unique journey, offering a comprehensive view of their achievements, challenges, and areas of potential.

Educators leverage progress records and EYT results as guiding lights in their planning process, this allows them to align with emerging interests or providing targeted experiences for each child’s development. 

By utilising these records to understand children’s progress, educators ensure that their teaching is responsive, personalised, and ultimately, conducive to each child’s holistic development. 

Tell us about your goals for your child

Educators play a vital role in a child’s development, but true holistic growth is best achieved when educators align their goals with those of families. By incorporating family goals into children’s educational plans, educators honor the child’s unique background, fostering a sense of belonging and cultural continuity. 

Do you have goals in mind for your child? If so, please share them with your child’s Educators, we would love to know! When educators and families share common goals, they form a collaborative partnership that maximises the child’s potential, fostering open communication and mutual respect.  

Promoting children’s readiness for school through Project-based earning 

Informed by your goals and data, our Educators intentionally plan for children’s learning through a Project approach, as part of Affinity education’s Lifelong Learning Curriculum.  

Project-based learning is an essential part of our School Readiness Program. Project-based learning encourages children to set and pursue their own goals, promoting autonomy and self-direction. As educators guide children through meaningful projects, they provide scaffolding and support, empowering children to achieve their objectives and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of school and beyond. 

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.