Evolution Program (0-4 years)

Tailored for Your Little One

The first three years represents the most decisive phase of a child’s life. Every experience influences their future learning and their future self. At Young Academics, we have created our Evolution program by taking a holistic approach to early learning (0–4 years), while also focusing on individual needs to give your child the best start in life.
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Every Child is Unique

Our Evolution Program is specifically designed to target and achieve educational and developmental milestones relevant to babies (0-2 years) and toddlers (2-3 years).

In alignment with the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework, all activities are enriched through experience, promote problem-solving and encourage positive learning for your little one.

Our learning environments work hand-in-hand with our program, equipping children to build trusting relationships with adults, develop positive social interactions and facilitate learning experiences. Our rooms are safe, supportive and nurturing and are filled with age-appropriate resources to assist in a child’s mental and physical development. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to be creative, responsible and to discover a sense of self.

Our Evolution program stimulates discovery and curiosity through a play-based learning approach. Learning through play – whether spontaneous or intentional – allows your child to engage in critical thinking that provides opportunities for problem-solving in a hands-on, practical manner. In turn, this will enable them to apply, evaluate and analyse knowledge in a creative way. Most importantly, our resources and educators encourage play as a method of learning, as it prompts imagination and enthusiasm and inspires a lifelong love for learning.

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Our Key Areas

At Young Academics, we’re committed to providing children with the brightest possible start to their future. Our Evolution program focuses on 7 key areas, which are reinforced holistically through our centres, programs and staff.

We want children to understand concepts by understanding the world that surrounds them.

Our Core program integrates various literacy and numeracy activities through reading, writing, listening, conversing, intentional play and more. The relationship between sounds, words and ideas helps children develop their thinking. Critical thinking is further developed through intentional teaching activities such as trial and error and tactile play, which further refines their motor skills. No matter the activity, we ensure children can explore, learn and grow safely and at their own pace.

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Baby examples
  • Focuses on speech and language development
  • Promotes communication skills by imitating actions and sounds
  • Teaches children to respond to their name
  • Understand and communicate with sign language (Auslan)
  • Differentiate behaviour patterns when listening during group times
  • Understand and respond to emotions through smiles and babbles to babies’ image in the mirror
  • Assists in building language by using 1–2 word sentences
  • Encourages communication through tuneful babbles, calling out to attract attention, etc.
  • Assists in building condence through various activities such as tactile play, sensory play, messy play, etc.
Toddlers examples
  • Encourages the development of language and clear communication
  • Assists in building confidence in learning through trial and error
  • Literacy skills are integrated daily by listening to stories and books
  • Responding to and understanding emotions of self and others through reciprocation or imitation of another toddler
  • Assists in language building by using short sentences
  • Encourages inquiry by asking questions as often as possible
  • Teaching children to refer to self by name and often says “I”
  • Understands how to respond to others through smiles and by copying words and actions
Preschool examples
  • Helps build an understanding of phonics, language and communication using the ELLA program
  • Encourages building vocabulary and participating in conversations
  • Promotes self-assertion through words
  • Encourages the development of fine motor skills using Loose Parts
  • Encourages creative thinking through rhymes and stories
  • Builds comprehension skills by speaking in sentences to retell stories
We want children to move through each milestone in their lives confidently.

Being confident and comfortable when faced with challenges makes learning easier. This means that learning literacy and numeracy concepts can be taught clearly. Through our Scholar program, we provide children with the necessary tools and mindset to confidently make the transition between changes and challenges as seamless as possible. Our orientation days and new room transitions also assist in ensuring that change is dealt with appropriately from a young age.

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Babies examples
  • Focuses on language and literacy development through book exploration
  • Confidence is built by assisting children in dealing with transitions, such as moving from a cot to a stretcher bed, changing from puree to solids, crawling to walking, etc.
  • Teaching literacy and numeracy through non-traditional teaching methods such as Routine Group times
  • Encourages autonomy and independence, e.g. learning to self-feed
Toddlers examples
  • Encourages independence by scaffolding self-help skills, e.g. dressing, washing their own hands, etc.
  • Develops literacy skills through letter recognition and tracking text in a large book
  • Develops numeracy skills through non-traditional methods such as sorting shapes, pattern arrangements, checking the time, etc.
  • Promotes smooth transitions from solitary play to group experiences
  • Identification of sounds and rhymes
Preschool examples
  • Masters literacy skills through name writing, discriminating between upper and lower case, recognising their name and reading and comprehending simple words
  • Masters numeracy skills through sums, addition and subtraction, exploring weight and measurement, sorting and classification
  • Supports children’s resilience with change as they begin their transition to school
At Young Academics, the importance of integrating positive physical and health choices in our Wellness program is just as significant as learning the alphabet.

We provide babies and toddlers with physical activities that assist in the development of gross motor skills essential to their growth, learning and social development. What’s more, physical activity is made fun through music and movement. Babies and toddlers are also taught to be responsible for their health and hygiene. This is best highlighted through our healthy menu, Munch and Move, and our Kitchen Garden program, all of which provide children with the knowledge and confidence to form healthy habits.

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Babies examples
  • Encourages physical development through Munch and Move, including tummy timeBuilds an understanding of essential nutrition through our healthy menu as part of the
  • Kitchen Garden program
  • Promotes physical development of small and large muscles through crawling, walking and balance
Toddlers examples
  • Assists in developing fundamental movement skills such as jumping, climbing, running
  • Teaches how to navigate around objects, developing spatial awareness
  • Embeds basic hygiene practices, such as dental programs
  • Promotes an understanding of healthy eating and nutrition through interactive games
Preschool examples
  • Assists in developing fundamental movement skills such as hopping, jumping, climbing, running and group games
  • Teaches how to navigate around objects, developing spatial awareness through simple rhythm and movement routines
  • Promotes the comprehensive understanding of hygiene practices, e.g. self-serve at mealtimes
  • Encourages confidence through Graduation Performance
We want your child to be as curious as possible, so we encourage investigation and experimentation.

Through our Discovery program, children can explore their surrounding environments, both indoors and outdoors, and learn at their own pace. Our centres allow babies and toddlers the opportunity to enrich their learning through the use of technology, relevant learning experiences and teacher-facilitated play activities.

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Babies examples
  • Encourages exploration and discovery through various play activities, such as messy play and sensory play
  • Promotes individual interests through cooking experiences using play dough
  • Provides relevant learning experiences through exploring the outdoor environment, e.g. sandpit, water play, etc.
  • Enriches baby learning through exploring ideas and concepts such as light and reflection
Toddlers examples
  • Encourages exploration and discovery through various structured and unstructured activities that encourage trial and error
  • Provides relevant learning experiences through exploring the outdoor environment, e.g. sandpit, water play, etc.
  • Enriches toddler learning through STEM programs and initiatives
  • Promotes experimentation through physical science concepts, such as pulley systems, ramps, magnets and balls
  • Lays down a foundation for mathematical concepts through patterns, shapes, symbols and more
Preschool examples
  • Encourages exploration and discovery through scientific investigation and other inquiry/investigation projects
  • Provides relevant learning experiences through the use of pertinent technology such as iPads
  • Enriches community understanding through actively participating in the world around them
  • Lays down a foundation for literacy and numeracy, including an understanding of the relationship between the two
Our Creativity program focuses on encouraging children to express themselves as creatively as possible.

Through storytelling, art, music, dance, dramatic and role-play, babies and toddlers learn to understand and express their interests and passions. This assists children to become confident and involved learners, helping build skills relevant to phonics, language and communication.

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Babies examples
  • Encourages the exploration of a range of different music genres through routine times
  • Promotes creative expression through instruments, ribbons and dance
Toddlers examples
  • Helps develop an understanding of self-identity through role play
  • Encourages gross motor muscle movement through dance and yoga as part of community incursions such as Happy Feet, JNA, Munch & Move
  • Provides experiences relevant to understanding culture through creative expression
Preschool examples
  • Masters the art of storytelling including characters and sequencing
  • Encourages creative expression through an array of artist mediums such as clay, sketching, sculpture etc
  • Promotes the development of imagination through imaginative play, imagine-build-play concepts, etc
We’ve created our World program with a focus on encouraging children to become active participants in both their local and global communities.

The program integrates real-life situations such as recycling, gardening, the environment, sustainable practices, and so on, to encourage experiences that shed light on the world around them. This ensures that children are well-informed about their surrounding contexts and know how to contribute to that context as they grow.

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Babies examples
  • Encourages actions that lead to exciting or predictable results through repetition
  • Promotes community participation through monthly centre events, e.g. Book Week, incursions, etc.
  • Provides a basic understanding of the seasons by identifying weather features, such as sun, rain, clouds, etc.
    Helps build sensory skills through touch and feel books
  • Promotes exploration of the environment and natural play spaces
  • Fosters a sense of belonging
Toddlers examples
  • Promotes community activities through regular centre events such as Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Charity Events, etc
  • Encourages children to partake in real-life experiences such as gardening, e.g. worm farm, veggie patch, etc.
  • Promotes the exploration of identity and inclusive practice
  • Teaches the difference between living and non-living things
  • Allows for sensory exploration of seasons by noticing different weather patterns and seasons
Preschool examples
  • Encourages sustainable practices through activities such as recycling, gardening, etc.
  • Promotes the inclusion and respect of cultural diversity through our ELLA program
  • Helps build real-life skills such as picking herbs and vegetables from in-house gardens
  • Encourages active citizenship through excursions within the local community
  • Encourages child contributions to the decision-making process
  • Promotes collegiality through the Pen Pals program
  • Assists in building an understanding of ecosystems through observing simple lifecycles
Our Wellbeing program focuses primarily on positive interactions. Our passionate educators strive to help babies and toddlers build genuine and responsive relationships with educators, peers, families and their environment.

With a mix of individual and group interactions, your little one can develop a strong sense of identity and independence. Through various initiatives such as our PALS program and SAFE Series, relationships are built, maintained and respected. Co-operative play also contributes to social and emotional wellbeing by building friendships and teaching how to deal with conflict resolution.

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Babies examples
  • Encourages and helps build safe and secure attachments
  • Promotes a sense of identity and independence through various activities
  • Participates in a daily routine for babies, developing trust and familiarity
Toddlers examples
  • Helps develop an understanding of group participation
  • Promotes independence and autonomy
  • Encourages the exploration of senses in various contexts
Preschool examples
  • Helps develop an understanding of mastering emotions through recognising and regulating personal feelings
  • Promotes independence and collegiality through cooperative play
  • Encourages the building and management of social skills through our PALS program including conflict resolution and sharing

Assessing Your Child

As outlined in the National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework, regular assessments are essential when it comes to your child’s overall development. At Young Academics, we fulfil these requirements by setting goals within our Evolution program. These goals are tailored to each individual child and are developed in conjunction with families, to ensure that every child is given an opportunity to succeed.

At the start of the year, educators work in partnership with parents to set goals for your child. Each month we set up learning experiences to help your child reach these goals. These experiences are reordered through observations and follow-ups. Every six months, we provide a developmental summary based on your child’s progress, linking it to each area in the Evolution program and their individual goals. We then give feedback to families with regular “meet and greet” evenings, allowing you to speak one-on-one with your child’s educator. This will enable educators to plan specific experiences for your child to help them achieve goals that assist in their developmental milestones.

This holistic approach to assessing is unique to Young Academics and ensures that our programs are uniquely tailored to help children achieve their goals.

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