Learning through Nature
BEAMS Early Learning vision is to infuse nature into all aspects of children’s play and learning experiences which is interwoven across the cornerstones of our curriculum. As E.B. White said, “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder”. Emergent curriculum is at the core of our program where our nurturing and experienced educators focus on being responsive to children’s interest and their sense of wonder. They scaffold children’s play experiences in order to make learning relevant to their natural curiosity of the world they live in.
BEAMS Early Learning embraces an indoor/outdoor program where children are offered the opportunity and freedom to move around their learning environment throughout the day, whether within the indoor classroom or outdoor environment as we believe learning can take place anywhere. This freedom of choice gives children a sense of agency as it promotes independent inquiry and exploration.
The learning environment (indoor and outdoor) had been carefully designed to promote seamless indoor/outdoor program with the child’s needs and developmental stages at the forefront. The learning environment encourages children to play and learn at their own space and own pace which support intentional teaching and play-based learning.
We capitalise on our beautiful local flora and fauna and our Naturescape outdoor environment to foster an appreciation and respect towards the environment and using it as part of our programs. Nature is also integrated into our indoor play spaces as educators intentionally bring the outdoor, indoor. Some of our daily rituals that is incorporated within our programs include nature-based tea party, progressive meals, outdoor sleeping arrangement and yarning circles.
At BEAMS Early Learning, we believe play is meaningful work because play is learning! From paint, mud, playdough, food dye, sand, water…. Children’s play is messy. We also believe there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Hence, do dress your child appropriately to accommodate to messy play and the changing weather.
BEAMS Early Learning curriculum is guided by the Australian Government’s national framework, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). It is also a key component of the National Quality Framework (NQF) which is designed to ensure education and care services across Australia are committed to continuous improvement.
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