learning

“Childhood is a time to Be, to seek and make meaning of the world”-EYLF

Our program

Our program is closely guided by the National Quality Frameworks (NQF) and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and is based on our core values of having high expectations of children. We believe they can succeed to become respectful citizens, develop enquiring minds  and have a healthy self-identity

Using the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), our educators embed a sense of Being, Belonging & Becoming into the learning program, helping children feel connected and a part of their world around them.

 

With Judaism at the core of everything we do, we take pride in providing an integrated general and Jewish studies program reflecting the heritage and culture of our centre community.

Gilly Klein

Director

jewish learning

Our Jewish learning program centres primarily around the Jewish Calendar and supports the religious and cultural diversity within our parent body.

jewish values

We teach and promote a love of Judaism and Jewish values through interactive songs, stories, arts and role-plays our emphasis on the Jewish values of honouring parents, charity (tzedakah) being kind to friends and living creatures bring a real passion for Judaism back into their own homes. 

Shabbos party

Our Shabbos parties are a much-loved feature of the Gillys experience. We bake challah to Erev Shabbos cooking and the highlight during the year our parents are invited to a very special Shabbos celebration. 

Festivals

At Gilly’s we incorporate the Jewish festivals into our general programming through songs, arts, special events, cooking, role plays and interactive hands-on activities.

Hebrew 

Our Hebrew speaking teachers are encouraged to use the Hebrew language as part of their everyday interactions with children so they can become familiar with it

our pets

Our pets are an integral feature of our centre and provide wonderful informal learning moments. Caring for our animals, observing their behaviours or just making friends are are part of our everyday experience at Gillys

incursions

Our incursions range from The Sukkah boys to the World of musical instruments, the bee man, a fire truck, vets, bus, florist, residential aged care visitors and many more.

garden to kitchen

Our Garden to Kitchen program encourages children to take care of natural produce from seed to plate, through which they learn about sustainability and healthy eating.

We include

sportsbuzz

The Sportzbuzz weekly classes aim to hook kids into being active at an early age. Their instructors make use of innovative equipment and activities that encourage good listening, following directions, eye-hand coordination and gross motor skills in fun imaginative ways.

musicworks magic

Musicworks Magic offers Gilly’s children the ability to develop strong musical foundations. Their trained teachers bring a range of props, instruments & books which help elicit vocal, movement and instrumental responses from each of the children.

Yoga

Our in-house Bal-Yoga program helps develop a positive self-image in children through body awareness, flexibility, posture and strength. It encourages children to be mindful and increase their concentration through a fun, healthy movement program.

multicultural awareness

We acknowledge and appreciate that we live in a multicultural society.  We foster positive attitudes towards people from all backgrounds by including events in the Gillys calendar such as Chinese New Year and other significant cultural events such as Naidoc to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

resources

With years of love dedicated to our centre, we have built up a very enviable collection of quality unique resources, many of which have been sourced from overseas.

We also focus on using nature-inspired, open-ended resources which encourage problem-solving, creativity and physical and fine motor skill development. 

 

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