Our Curriculum

Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum has specific programs for babies, toddlers and 3-5-year-old children. Helping each age group realise their full potential.

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The Lifelong Learning Curriculum

All our Aussie Kindies Early Learning centres educational programs align with the Lifelong Learning Approach which our Educators use to support our little learners to reach their full potential. Working with our talented and passionate educators, we have expanded our educational focus to include contemporary, evidence informed practices and programs, designed to provide your child with the best environment in which to start their Lifelong Love of Learning. Our Lifelong Learning Approach aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework, and offers a rich combination of play-based and intentional teaching.

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About our Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum is Affinity Education’s research-based curriculum for early childhood education, based on the belief that learning and development occurs most successfully when supported by nurturing and engaged educators, in partnership with families and communities. It draws on the best teaching and learning strategies from Montessori and Reggio Emilia combined with modern, evidence-based approaches including Abecedarian and Circle of Security.

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum is play-based and specifically designed to cater for all ages from birth to school age.

Educational programs, inspired by four key intentions, thoughtfully and individually facilitate each child’s learning.

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Aussie Kindies Early Learning Centres

Inspiring children to reach their full potential.

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Lifelong Learning Curriculum

Developed by Affinity Education, our educators and Early Learning Teachers are trained in the Lifelong Learning Curriculum.

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Health and Wellbeing

Our Educational programs, incursions, excursions, events and daily activities are based on health and wellbeing themes.

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Sustainability Activities

Sustainable practices including gardening, care of centre pets, recycling stations, electricity concervation and more.

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Our Quality Commitment

We thrive on excellence – from the way we implement our curriculum through to our commitment to safe, high-quality services.

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Our Educational Programs

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Baby Nursery

Your child's lifelong learning journey starts here! Our nursery provides a warm, safe environment for your baby to learn and grow. Caring and gentle educators will develop nurturing relationships with your baby, so your child will develop trust and a sense of belonging.

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Toddler Childcare

Our centre provides a stimulating and fun environment to enhance your child’s learning in their early years. Learning starts long before school, with the first five years of a child’s life being crucial to laying the foundations for their ability to learn throughout their later years.

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Preschool

Preparing for primary school is one of the most important times in a child’s life. Our Lifelong Learning Curriculum School Readiness program stimulates young minds, builds confidence, resilience and positive self-image, and supports children’s transition to school.

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Latest News from Aussie Kindies

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8 Ways Playdoh Benefits Toddler Development

Playdoh provides a fun and engaging way for toddlers and young children to explore, create, and learn across multiple domains of development. Its versatility, sensory appeal, and open-ended nature make it a valuable addition to early childhood play and education. Here we share eight ways ...
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Embarking on a Sensory Play Journey: Nurturing Toddler Development Through Play 

Understanding the Importance of Sensory Play  During the toddler stage, children are like little scientists, eagerly exploring their surroundings and trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most effective ways they do this is through Sensory Play. Sensory play not ...

Affinity Expands Lifelong Learning Curriculum Through Partnership With Wandana Aboriginal Education

Affinity Education Group has announced the latest addition to the Lifelong Learning Curriculum - a partnership with Wandana Aboriginal Education to deliver purpose-built Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural education. Dr Lesley Jones, Head of Education and Pedagogy, said the exciting partnership would give Affinity ...

Copy of Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 5

Welcome to the fifth instalment of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards. Quality Area 5 of the National Quality Standard focuses on ...

Supporting Your Child’s Learning Journey: The Early Years Toolbox

Affinity Education Group has proudly partnered with the University of Wollongong with the aim of enhancing the capabilities of our Teachers and Educators working with children in our School Readiness rooms. By leveraging the expertise of academic professionals, and integrating evidence-based practices into our curriculum, ...

Using Research To Meet Your Child’s Developmental Needs

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum was developed through extensive study of how children learn, what they learn and where they learn. At the Early Experiences age, research shows that children are learning to express themselves through oral language. Research also shows that children begin to explore ...

Improving Language and Thinking Skills in Infants; A Data Informed Approach

The recent data from the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) proposed an increase in Language and Cognitive development of vulnerable children. Based on these findings and other relevant research on children's development, our Healthy Beginnings program has proven effective in improving educational outcomes in critical ...
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Random Acts of Kindness Day – Benefits of Teaching Kindness to Children

Saturday 17th of February 2024 is Random Acts Of Kindness Day! The day was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing kindness as the standard. Random Acts Of Kindness Day aims to enhance mental health and wellbeing, ...

Supporting Your Child’s Progression To Big School

With Graduation done and dusted, you and your child may be nervous about the transition into Big School. Here are five tips to support your child with this significant milestone and set them up for success.  Transparency and open communication.  Validate your child's feelings and ...

How We Transition Your Child To A New Room 

Happy New Year! The holiday season is over, and it's time to return to our daily routines. It's incredible to see how quickly our children are growing up. This month, many families are focused on shopping for school supplies and getting their children ready for ...

Early Education: Navigating the First Weeks 

The journey begins when your young child's education starts in the early childhood centre. Setting up orientation days and helping your child adjust to the new environment, new people, and new routines can be challenging. Your child is likely to experience anticipated behaviour, such as ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.  Quality Area 4 of the National Quality Standard aims to ...

Learning with Dr. Lesley Jones: New Year New Rooms

This month we welcome many children and families to our Centres for the first time. We also welcome back the many thousands of children who will be transitioning into new rooms, and are part of our Affinity Education family. As we begin 2024, we would ...

This Year’s Top 5 Most Captivating Reads

This year has provided a wonderful opportunity to explore a multitude of Early Education topics in depth. Discover which of our blog articles from 2023 our families and Educators loved the most! In top place was 'The Importance of Using the Abecedarian Approach to Improve ...

Affinity Increases Commitment to The Smith Family

Active Commitment to Sponsorship Affinity Education Group has increased its commitment to The Smith FamilyLearning for Life program again in the third quarter of 2023, with 236 individual child sponsorships now being actively supported on behalf of centres around Australia. The program acknowledges the importance ...
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2023 Affinity Awards Open for Nominations 

Affinity Education Group is excited to announce the launch of its yearly national awards, celebrating outstanding achievements and excellence within the Early Education and Care sector. This year, the awards experienced a record-breaking response, with more than 634 nominations received across more than 225 centres ...

Educational Programs During the Festive Season

Summer Program Launch In preparation for 2024, we're launching two exceptional programs that will run across December and January for all of our children, from the nursery through to preschool or kindergarten. The first of those programs is our summer program, which takes full advantage ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 3

Welcome to the third instalment of our National Quality Standards series, where we highlight the importance of implementing the seven key Quality Standards throughout all Lifelong Learning Centres. National Quality Standard - Quality Area 3 Physical Environment The third Quality Area addresses physical environment. Quality ...

Navigating End of Year Transitions

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum offers an abundance of research-based practices that ensure continuous learning during the holiday season. As a parent, you may wonder what development your child is progressing with during this time. Throughout the holiday season, your child is able to engage in ...

Attending Early Education During the Holidays 

The holiday period is such an exciting time for children and families, but it can also be busy and stressful. When your child is enrolled in a Lifelong Learning Centre, you can be assured that while you are busy navigating through the silly season, your ...

Festive Learning in the Nursery

Research shows that children's development and learning is continuous. There are plenty of opportunities to learn regardless of the season. There are two important reasons why children benefit from care throughout the holiday period. Consistency and predictability of care are essential benefits, as is a ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards – Series 2

Welcome to the second part of our National Quality Standards seven-part series, where we provide an in-depth look into the seven quality areas benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards. National Quality Standard - Quality Area 2 Children's Health and ...

Benefits of attending Early Childhood and Care during the Holiday period 

Effective early childhood education is of utmost importance in a successful transition to school and love for Lifelong Learning. Our LLC program is dedicated to ensuring this is achieved all year long. We know how much families like to take this time to have some ...

What do infants achieve in an Early Childhood Education environment?

It is natural to wonder whether infants and young children can benefit from time spent in an early childhood environment. At Affinity Education-owned centres, our Lifelong Learning Curriculum (LLC) begins as soon as your child commences their enrolment with us, regardless of age. Our Curriculum ...

The importance of using the Abecedarian approach to improve toddlers’ language skills

Language is a crucial component of school readiness. No matter a child's age, they actively develop skills to become proficient and active communicators. Research shows that language development is best supported by early exposure to language and sound awareness skills.  While there are many benefits ...

The Lifelong Learning Curriculum – A Guide For Families

This month, we are highlighting the Lifelong Learning Curriculum, Australia's most progressive approach to early education that operates within all our Early Learning Centres. Our Educators implement this program to support our little learners to reach their full potential. Working with our talented and passionate ...

Summer Program Sessions

Your child is invited to join us during our Summer Program! Throughout December, we have planned additional exciting activities to help your child continue their early learning journey whilst benefiting from a rich variety of learning opportunities. In addition to our normal daily programs, our ...

The Importance of Friendships and Relationships in Childcare

This month, we wanted to share with you a little more about early childhood education, what it means, and how it works, and give you a glimpse of what your child may actually experience while with us each day. Friendships and positive relationships in the ...

Get to know your National Quality Standards

Our childcare centres are committed to a continuous improvement journey that enriches quality education and care delivery benchmarked against the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards. With more than 90% of the Affinity Education Group owned and operated centres rated Meeting or ...

How Friendships are Formed

There is so much research and focus on just how crucial the first five years of a child's life are and how this has an impact on social, emotional and future academic success. We know how confusing and conflicting it can be for families trying ...

Guiding your Toddlers Future Behaviours and Relationships

When children reach the Toddler stage, their confidence blooms as they know you are there to catch them if they fall. Early Experiences Curriculum They become more curious about anything in front of them and are fascinated by social interactions. It is important to support ...

Why Friendships Before ‘Big School’ Are So Important

Research continues to highlight the importance of the first five years of a child's life as the most critical period in the life span for brain development (Fox & Geddes, 2016). The richness and quality of early experiences during this critical time have lifelong impacts ...

It’s Safe Work Month at Aussie Kindies

National Safe Work Month is upon us! Aussie Kindies have jam-packed this October with a variety of events and programs to highlight the steps our centres and their amazing teams take to ensure the well-being and safety of those in our community.   Safe Work ...

Aussie Wildlife Champions Dress Up and Donate Success

Through the second and third week of September, all our Aussie Kindies centres participated in the Aussie Wildlife Champions fundraiser drive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. A part of this fundraiser was a Dress Up and Donate Day on the 21st of September, where the ...

A day in the life – Childcare and your child’s development

This month, we wanted to share with you a little more about early childhood education, what it means, and how it works, and give you a glimpse of what your child may actually experience while with us each day.   I know as a parent, you appreciate how ...

A Day of ‘Awe’ and ‘Wonder’ in your Nursery

When thinking about a typical day in the Nursery, it is common to have preconceptions about what happens and how the educators facilitate learning. Through online research and centre tours, you will most likely obtain information that highlights how the infant room follows the baby's ...

A day in the life of a Toddler

Every day in our Toddler room is filled with different types of learning that your child's Educators have intentionally planned to support children's growth and learning outcomes. From the moment you drop them off to our Educators to the moment your Toddler runs back to ...

How my Educators get me School Ready

Early Childhood Education has proven to play a major role in a child's transition to school, and here at Aussie Kindies, we have passionate Educators and Early Childhood Teachers who deliver a range of programs to extend children's curiosity, growth, and independence. This article will ...

Spring has Sprung! What is happening at your centre?

Spring is the season for growth, and at our centres, growth can be seen in every room, program and child in our Lifelong Learning Village. Over this season, our Spring Program will provide additional opportunities for your children to explore and further develop their abilities; ...

What the Child Care Subsidy mean for our families?

What does the new Child Care Subsidy mean for families?   On the 10 July 2023, the Australian Government increasing the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rates for families within Australia, resulting in reduced gap fees for your family. What you need to know  Families earning less ...

10 Things to do when it’s wet with your little ones!

Entertaining children when it's wet outside, can be difficult for an excitable and energetic child, and our Early Childcare Centres know all too well what it means when the grey clouds roll in.    But don't fret! With thousands of years of combined early childcare experience, ...

Aussie Wildlife Champions now available at your centre!

Aussie Wildlife Champions' Education Program In an exciting Australia-first, more than 10,000 children aged between 3-5 years will have access to the new Aussie Wildlife Champions Lifelong Learning Curriculum program as the result of a partnership between Affinity Education Group and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy ...

Saying ‘Thank you!’ on Early Childhood Educators Day

The countdown is on to Wednesday, the 6th of September, when our centres will celebrate Early Childhood Educators Day. We're inviting all families and caregivers to make a special effort to say 'Thank You' to the educators who care for and teach their children in ...

Get involved for National Science Week!

National Science Week is fast approaching, with the official date to launch from the 12th all the way through to the 20th of August. All our Affinity Education Group Centres are getting their nurseries, toddler rooms and school readiness rooms prepared with various science- and ...

Sensory Play: Nurturing your child’s early development

Sensory play, messy play or creative play are just some of the terms used to describe a lot of fun!   As a child our senses are a vital foundation of how we experience the world around us, and sensory-based play is an essential part of ...

Successful transitions through care and trust

Secure relationships… the key to transitioning into care through our Healthy Beginnings Curriculum  Transitioning into care for the first time can often feel daunting for families and full of natural curiosities and 'what if' type questions, like "What if my baby doesn't eat the food ...

Your little junior is graduating! Whats next?

Graduating from the junior rooms to the older 3-5-year old programs is a significant and exciting transition for young children. In this article, we unpack what families can expect as their child begins this next exciting stage of their educational journey. The graduation of your ...

Easing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is common in young children, it occurs when children are feeling nervous about being away from their parents or carers. Read this article as we unpack what separation anxiety may look like for them, and how you can help them develop self-regulation.  Separation anxiety commonly occurs in young ...

Dont miss our Preschool/Kindergarten information sessions

It's that time of year when families begin to turn their attention to deciding where their child should be enrolled for their preschool or kindergarten year. The kindergarten or preschool year is an important one, and one that research tells us will play a significant ...

Effective room transitioning in early childcare

Graduating from one room to the next is a significant event for children, their families and educators alike. In this article we explore what you can expect as your child transitions from one room to the next.   Graduating from one room to the next ...

Australian Breastfeeding Accreditation – Supporting our Aussie Kindies families  

Returning to work as a breastfeeding mother is a right for employees and parents throughout Australia and here at Aussie Kindies, we are committed to making this transition as easy as possible.     Affinity Education Groups national community of Centres are proud to acknowledge World ...

Aussie Kindies Woy Woy recognises National Reconciliation Week

Our centres acknowledged National Reconciliation Week by creating meaningful and engaging activities designed to provide learning opportunities whilst having fun!   During the week of the 29th of May, Aussie Kindies Woy Woy provided their children with a diverse range of activities to engage and ...

The Importance of Loose Parts Play

Loose parts play allows children to turn everyday items into anything their imagination creates - from wooden blocks, leaves, acorns, and cotton wool - endless options! As babies and toddlers start to explore, they'll often use all of their senses (especially touch and taste) to ...

Benefits of Gardening with Children

We're all aware of the benefits of fresh air and the outdoors, but did you know involving children in simple gardening practices has many benefits too? Gardening can benefit children of all ages by providing a great opportunity to learn and equipping them with critical ...

Aussie Kindies Support Variety’s ‘Hair with Heart’

Inspired by young Chloe Guiney's mission to help children with disabilities who recently took the chop as part of Variety's Hair with Heart initiative, Aussie Kindies Early Learning Kyabram has hosted a week of crazy hair days in December. Chloe's commitment to the initiative saw ...

The Importance Of Outdoor Play: Learning In Action

From nursery to five years old the importance of exploration in a child's development is paramount to their emotional, physical, social, language and cognitive growth. Exploration is not all about providing an environment to allow them to run free… but an area that is safe, ...

Celebrating Early Childhood Educators Day

Today, Early Childhood Educators Day, is a very special day for our community. It's an opportunity to celebrate and thank our teachers and educators for their dedication and commitment to ensuring high-quality early learning opportunities for all children. Our community is proud to have more ...
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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Affinity Education community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land sea and community.