Here at Leor we develop and deliver our curriculum in line with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF has been developed by the Australian state and territory governments with input from the early childhood sector and early childhood academics, and is a key component of the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care.
The Leor curriculum is consistent with the EYLF, in that it supports and enhances early childhood education and transition to school readiness. This allows Leor Families to receive care and education to a nationally recognised standard within the comfort of their own homes. Although Leor is not required to meet the requirements set out by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Authority, we maintain a strict, high quality, governance framework that ensures quality standards are regularly monitored in the delivery of our education and care services.
The Leor model caters to children aged between six weeks and six years. Leor firmly believes that children benefit from focused, age appropriate teaching. This is why our curriculum caters to all children between six weeks to six years. We expect our Educators to hold the relevant skills and experience to be able to teach and care for up to three children across this age bracket. We also provide initial training and ongoing professional development to support our Educators in meeting the needs of children in this sometimes challenging environment.
We understand that children do not move in a lock step fashion through early childhood development. We believe that this is one of the significant benefits of our small group learning environment. Due to the maximum 3 to 1 ratio of child to Educator, we are able to adapt our curriculum to each child’s needs. This low ratio also allows you to get to know each child on a deeper level and make recommendations to the family regarding any supports or interventions that each child may need as part of our Learning and Development Reports. These recommendations could be something as simple as encouraging parents to use particular vocabulary to enhance a child’s literacy or comprehension, to recommending external referrals to an allied health professional.
Learning & Development Reports
At Leor, we understand that parents are interested in finding out about their child’s development and education. As part of our service Educators are required to complete ongoing observations of each child’s progress, which are then used to compile a formal quarterly check-in in the way of a Learning and Development Report.
These Reports allow both parents and Educators to track each child’s progress against the Leor curriculum and an opportunity for parents to discuss any educational goals with Educators.
Toys & Equipment
We believe that learning is acquired in the early years through a combination of learning modes, for example children learn through both guided play and free play. For this reason, our curriculum includes a vast array of activities that are grounded in academic research and early childhood practice.
In order to deliver the Leor curriculum in the family home, Educators are provided with the relevant equipment required to deliver each component of the curriculum. The curriculum is, however, guided by the child’s own natural interest and stage of development, therefore if the child has a special toy or book that they adore, then Educators can adapt the curriculum to meet the child’s own interest.
Our curriculum, which is based on the Early Years Learning Framework, includes development of social, emotional and cognitive abilities; building of literacy and numeracy skills; preschool programs; and school readiness programs for children approaching school age.
We use a variety of activities including craft, storytelling, singing, drawing and painting, cooking, and physical exercise indoors and outdoors to achieve the five key learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework:
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.