At Neldrac Early Learning, we have a unique approach to the way we work, which is based on our Quality Standards Guide and its ISTEP framework.
The Guide brings together the latest international research evidence of what works best for children and guides what our educators do in their everyday professional practice.
It was written with an understanding of Australia’s unique methods with Indian Context and is underpinned by relevant state and national regulations and frameworks, such as Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS), and India’s NCERT Guidelines, ECE, National Minimum Guidelines.
In our centres, our goal is for your child to feel safe and secure, to have fun and to develop the social-emotional, thinking, language, and physical skills that will set them up success in school and in life.
Our educators plan and observe their daily practices through our ISTEP. There are five components to ISTEP:
1. Interactions and relationships
2. Space, resources and materials
3. Time, routines and rituals
4. Experiences for learning
5. Planning, documentation and evaluation
The Five Components IStep Stands For:
Interactions and Relationships
At Neldrac, we recognize that interactions are the building blocks of secure relationships, preschool children continue to benefit from nurturing relationships with educators who are responsive to how they are feeling and what they are thinking. Our educators frequently engaged in sustained shared thinking with children working together to build joint knowledge and understanding.
Space, Resources, and Materials
When you enter our center, you’ll find furniture, equipment, resources, and play materials that will spark your child’s curiosity and enrich their explorations and interactions. Our indoor spaces are designed to be flexible and change according to the needs of the learning experiences and play that is happening. Our environments have both busy and quiet spaces, to enable children to engage in active and calming experiences. Children use many open-ended learning materials, such as sand and play dough, which they can manipulate, shape, and adapt. These materials, which have no specific set of directions, help children develop creativity and problem-solving skills. We encourage physically active play such as running, crawling, rolling, and jumping. Our outdoor spaces are both fun and a continuation of the learning environment.
Time, Routines, and Rituals
Small groups provide a great opportunity for your child to form peer connections and friendships. We have daily routines which encourage children to become active participants in their eating, sleeping, and care routines. This gives children maximum opportunity to make their own decisions and starts to build their ability to self-manage.
Experiences for learning
From the moment your child steps into one of our centers they are learning, and play is their anchor for learning. The play offers your child planned and spontaneous opportunities to practice emerging skills. It also supports their language, social and emotional wellbeing, and thinking abilities. Educators help children learn through repetition, story-telling, pictures, and exploration. Toddlers are often purposeful in their play, building things, knocking them down, working out what happens next. We use books and technology to help preschool children learn about how the world works. We introduce children to different ways of using language and encourage them to develop competency and expand their vocabulary. In our center children are encouraged to use print materials and they learn to view talking, reading, and writing as integral parts of daily life. Alphabetic principles are introduced and books are shared. Mathematics concepts, such as numeracy, are explored through ideas such as, more or less, taking away, size, location, pattern, and position.
Planning, Documentation, and Evaluation
Our educators will assess your child’s understandings, dispositions, knowledge, and skills to help support planning specifically for your child. The learning program is inclusive of all children and their learning needs. We know you’ll want detailed information about your child’s progress. We’ll gather information on your child’s experiences through notes, pictures, and videos and provide regular updates on your child’s learning journey.