Programming and Curriculum

Early Years Learning Framework

At Footsteps we use the Early Years Learning Framework along with a School Readiness Program. There are 5 learning outcomes that are designed to capture the integrated and complex learning and development of all children across the birth to five age range. The outcomes are:

  • 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.

The outcomes are broad and observable. They acknowledge that children learn in a variety of ways and vary in their capabilities and pace of learning.Some examples of how we interpret the curriculum are:

  • Encouraging children to be responsible for their own learning through choices in activities based on their interests
  • Using conversations, actions and play as the basis for teaching
  • Involving the children as partners in teaching by seeking out ideas, opinions, thoughts and questions
  • Encouraging the children to further their independence and self-help skills
  • Involving the children in interest projects and learning stories to further their learning and knowledge
  • Involving the families as partners to gather a comprehensive picture of the whole child
  • Promoting positive relationships with individuals and in group experiences (small and large)
  • Using the physical environment as a third teacher to promote choices throughout the day
  • Giving children control of the day within a flexible and consistent routine

Daily Routine

Each day our centre follows a routine. This routine is only a guide and may change depending on where the children's interests lead them.

Our program includes indoor and outdoor play, small and large group experiences. Experiences include act, craft, blocks, construction, sand play, water play, imaginative play, role playing maths and science exploration, books and puzzles. We have a large outdoor play area for children to explore the natural environment as well as a sand pit and climbing and balancing equipment.

Each day we record the events of the day on our program wall and document the children's learning through individual portfolios.

After lunch all children have quiet time on their beds. Please be aware that we are not allowed to stop a child from sleeping if they are tired nor are we allowed to force a child to sleep if they are not. All children are required to have a period where they rest, for children who do not go to sleep they are able to do some quiet activities at a table whilst waiting for the quiet time to finish.

School Readiness

At Footsteps Early Learning Centre, our school readiness program is integrated into our daily curriculum that has been developed using the Early Years Learning Framework with an intentional School Readiness teaching session each day. Our school readiness program has been developed in consultation with local Kindergarten teachers and schools. It covers all aspects of the key developmental learning areas and introduces the 6 Key Learning Areas of the NSW Kindergarten curriculum.

Our program provides opportunity for each child to extend on their interests and needs, developing opportunities for encouraging the skills needed for starting school. 

Download more information about our school readiness program.


Beverly Hills

77 Ponyaya Road
Beverly Hills NSW 2209
Tel - 9592 1221
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Woolooware

215 The Kingsway
Woolooware NSW 2230
Tel 9523 2075
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