Complementing the principles and outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), our 8 Little Villagers extra-curriculum programming opens your little ones’ world to a wide variety of opportunities, resources and interactions encouraging them to develop and learn at their pace.
Our programs encourage and appreciate our multicultural society, developing awareness and respect for cultural similarities and differences. Children with additional needs will receive support and strategies to assist them to access our programs.
Little Zoo Villager
Zoos are a place of wonder and amazement with so many incredible learning opportunities, sparking curiosity, and allowing children to explore in a setting that satisfies all learning styles. The children make new discoveries about the world and themselves – what they like/ dislike, setting aside any fears, all packed with fun facts.
Our exclusive zoo programs teach children about natural habitat and wildlife, caring for the environment, sustainability, and aboriginal culture in an age-appropriate way. For our under 2-year old’s, the zoo comes to us – get up close and personal with Australian animals, as well as aquatic and forest species and Aboriginal culture with songs, dance and animals.
Our zoo excursions for 2-5 years olds include VIP Behind the Scenes animal encounters making it an exciting, special way to learn about each animal and how they fit into the world.
This special zoo program is only available through Grace Village Early Learning.
The Active Villager teaches discipline, respect and creativity with the correct physical conditioning. Our little players can push on to higher levels, on and off the football field, in the future.
Designed to assist children in developing important physical skills and environmental, nutritional and safety awareness, Active Villager is a fun, physical program. It is based on the foundations, systems and philosophies developed by leading European football teams.
The outdoor villager strengthens children’s understanding of the natural world and their role in caring for, and about, each element. It also helps children build physical skills and stamina, enhances their learning and social skills, and teaches them wise ways to manage risk.
Our educators ensure that the outdoor curriculum explores subject areas such as sustainability, other-than-human-species, land care, conservation, natural history and botanical know-how.
The self-defence skills your little one will learn, include identifying and avoiding danger, how they can use their voice confidently and run to safety.
Embedded within fun and exciting games, Safe Villager gives little ones simple and practical tools to protect themselves from dangerous or uncomfortable situations for freedom and the confidence to enjoy life.
Our topics include: Road safety, water safety, sun safety, fire & electrical safety, playground safety, home safety, animal safety, burns, poisons, First Aid, bullying, stranger danger, ‘It’s your body’, crowds and people who can help.
The Healthy Master Chef Villager
Designed for little chefs to incorporate healthy eating and exercise so it becomes a natural and instinctive part of your little one’s life, for a strong and healthy body and mind.
Never too young to learn about good nutrition and cooking, every lesson includes a simple and fun discussion about eating well and giving our bodies good fuel inside our dedicated village kitchen.
Little villagers participate in engaging activities based on seed sprouting, weeding, herb gardens, vegetable gardens, eating what we grow from our own garden and regular cooking experiences. Our program incorporates the NSW government initiative ‘Munch and Move’.
Technology & Robotic Villager
Our ‘hands-on, minds-on’ learning, little scientists gain the confidence to ask questions, and the tools to find answers and solve real-life problems. Improves their ICT skills and incorporates language learning and digital technology into their daily routine.
Using technology and science in interesting activities using iPads, Lego robotics and programming and science practices.
These activities include interactive apps that respond to touch both visually and through sound, as well as developing, engaging and motivating interest in learning science and engineering-related subjects using bricks, model reality, conducting investigations and design skills in the development of science practices.
Life Readiness Villager
Every little villager is given the tools necessary to settle in quickly and excel in the school environment, both socially and emotionally. This encourages them to play a responsible role in the classroom & the wider community with developed language and communication skills.
Every day at Grace Village is getting ready for school, where your little one learns school skills, developing confidence and encouraged to be independent through little tasks and activities.
Using the EYLF and the Reggio Emilia Approach, the activities based around storytelling in a print-rich environment – improving vocabulary, cooperation to work together, as well as language and literacy including letter recognition, book handling skills and comprehension.
The Empowered Villager (Social & Emotional Skills)
This villager understands his or her own feelings and is empathetic to others.
Kind and caring (peer support relationships) and at the same time is focused on self-care (health and relaxation), and being the best version of a villager he or she can be (personal best, personal potential, focus, not comparing to others, persistence, always learning with a growth mindset).
Striving forward in life knowing that a person is in charge of their responses and their choices and their emotions (self-regulating)
Discover more about the 8 little villagers with your own personal tour
Join our Centre Director for a 30 minute guided tour of Grace Village ELC and find out more about your child’s home away from home!