The Programs

Our extracurricular programs include physical activities, languages, and music classes which are delivered as an incursion program at your service.

All programs are delivered by qualified instructors who are trained to adapt each program to suit different age groups, so that every single child at your service is included.

PROGRAMS WHICH ENHANCE GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES AND GUIDELINES

Early Start Programs complement your service’s achievement of the National Quality Standards. Our partner programs enhance the amazing work done by educators to guide children to achieve the five Early Years Learning Framework’s learning outcomes.

Our programs are committed to goal 2 of the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians which is that all young Australians become: Successful learners; Confident and creative individuals; Active and informed citizens.

THE CREATIVE ARTS – MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA

The benefits of participating in the creative arts have long been documented to stimulate all areas of development in young children and build self-confidence. Music, dance, and drama are fun avenues from which children learn about everyday life, health, safety, mathematical concepts and much, much more!

Early Start Programs has partnered with Mini Maestros and Hey dee ho Music.

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LANGUAGES

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reviving language study in this country, over the past few years, they have been trialing the Early Learning Languages Australia program, using online software to deliver learning activities in preschool/kindergarten programs.

Early Start Programs has identified foreign languages as a priority and have partnered with LCF Fun Languages to provide the Fun Languages Program in services in some areas. Languages currently on offer include French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The “Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (birth to 5 years): An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep” recommends:
•        For healthy development in infants (birth to one year), physical activity should be encouraged several times a day in a range of ways. Younger babies should have at least 30 minutes of tummy time each day, including grasping, pushing and pulling.  Babies should not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time, and should sleep 14-17 hours per day (0-3 months of age) and 12-16 hours per day (4-11 months of age)
•        Toddlers (1 to 2 years) should engage in at least 180 minutes of energetic play spread across the day, and sleep between 11 and 14 hours, including naps with consistent routine times.
•       Pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day. At least 60 minutes should be spent in energetic play. Sedentary screen time should not exceed 1 hour per day. 10-13 hours of good quality sleep (including naps) are also recommended.

Early Start Programs is committed to supporting educators in meeting these guidelines and has partnered with Ready Steady Go Kids, Physi Kids, Fun-Key Yoga, Active 8, and Future Champs.