Programming for children's development at Salem

Our programming is grounded in the National Quality Standards for child care

Goal One:

  • To provide a program which meets the individual needs of the children in the centre, promoting learning through play.
  • To provide a program that is influenced by the Early Years Learning Framework (ELYF).
  • Children learning


  • Observations and developmental records will be kept on all children in the centre. Children will be observed regularly by all staff working with them.
  • Each child’s interests, knowledge, culture and strengths will be planned for.
  • Their will be an ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluation of children’s learning.
  • Indoor programs will include active and quiet activities, structured and unstructured activities.
  • Outdoor programs will promote active, physical play as per the centre’s Active Play Policy.
  • Spontaneous play will be acknowledged and extended through the program.
  • Programs will include activities to facilitate all five learning outcomes stated in the Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Programs will have an inclusive perspective, respecting each family’s culture and language, looking at similarities as well as differences, and valuing diversity.
  • Individual and group interests will be used as a focus for planning
  • Information will be solicited from families and older children regarding input into the program (menu, activities, equipment purchases).

Goal Two:

  • To facilitate the provision of appropriate programs.


  • Educators will be allocated non-contact time/programming time, as per the award /EBA.
  • Professional development opportunities will be provided to all educators on a regular basis.
  • A range of reflective methods will be used to monitor and assess all aspects of the program on an on-going basis.

Goal Three:

  • To actively encourage families to provide input regarding the centre program.


  • Written programs will be displayed for parent’s information and comment.
  • Educators will be encouraged to use a variety of methods to communicate information about the program with parents.
  • ┬áParent / educator information exchanges based on observations and the children’s records will be offered on a formal basis.
  • Family input will be actively sought regarding programming ideas.