LANGUAGE

During your child’s curriculum at Umalas Kids Club, British English is the default language used in the classroom, outside, and during extra-curricular activities. However, since we are in Indonesia, we also incorporate Indonesian vocabulary and songs into our weekly schedule. It is mandatory for all of our teachers to communicate in English with children, staff, parents, and everyone else involved with the club.

THE PLAY-BASED CURRICULUM (EYFS)

We strongly believe that children learn best through play. Playful learning involves purposeful, facilitated, guided, or free play activities. Our play-based program aligns with the English National Curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage) and the Key stages, which supports all aspects of learning and development in early childhood, from birth to five years old and beyond. It fosters their natural curiosity and desire to explore and make sense of the world around them, while also helping them discover that learning can be exciting and fun! This approach is of crucial importance and will inspire your children to become passionate learners for the rest of their lives.

The EYFS is based on four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

Following these essential principles, we decided to organise our structure into three different activities at the Umalas Kids Club, all educational, and related to the EYFS program:

  • Early learning playgroups (6 months to 3 Years old)
  • Preschool (3 Years old to 6 Years old)
  • Daycare (all ages)

Our program is designed to enhance children’s play experiences and integrate learning goals and objectives through the use of specific strategies and thoughtful planning. We believe in the child’s right to learn through play, so we use a range of learning activities and approaches that involve multiple intelligences and multi-sensory activities.

Research has shown that young children learn best by doing and talking. This type of learning helps them to develop their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Additionally, it provides opportunities for them to socialize and engage in learning experiences with other children and adults.

Our curriculum is structured around seven areas of learning and development for children. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. However, three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships, and thrive. The secondary areas will be developed and strengthened alongside the primary areas.

  1. Prime areas
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  1. Secondary areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

DETAILS OF THE SEVEN AREAS COVERED

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Assisting children in developing a positive self-image, as well as fostering positive relationships and respect for others, is essential in their growth. By teaching them social skills and how to manage their emotions, children can understand appropriate group behavior and gain confidence in their abilities. As a result, they become more self-assured and can establish harmonious relationships with both peers and adults, while also demonstrating respect for themselves.

  1. Communication and Language Development

Providing children with opportunities to experience a rich language environment helps them to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. They should be encouraged to speak and listen in a variety of situations, and to use a growing vocabulary with increasing fluency to express their thoughts and convey meaning to the listener. Additionally, children should be exposed to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poems, and encouraged to listen and respond to them. They can also be encouraged to make up their own stories and take part in role-play activities with confidence.

  1. Physical Development

We help young children develop physical abilities through fun and interactive activities. Our program focuses on enhancing coordination, control, and movement, while also educating children about healthy food choices. We improve physical control, mobility, spatial awareness, and manipulative skills in both indoor and outdoor environments. Children move confidently and creatively, improving overall control, coordination, and perception. Join us today for a brighter, healthier future!

  1. Literacy

Learning to read and write starts with children being able to connect sounds and letters. To foster this ability, it is important to give them access to a variety of reading materials such as books, poems and other written materials that spark their interest. We encourage children to handle books with care, appreciate their organization, and understand how words and images convey meaning. In English, it is also important to know that print is read from left to right and top to bottom. With time, children will begin to recognize patterns, syllables, and letters, leading them to form words and comprehend meaning.

  1. Mathematics

It provides children with opportunities to develop and improve their counting skills, understanding and use of numbers; calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, space and measures. From an early age, children will acquire and develop essential aspects of mathematical understanding through practical activities and the use of language. It develops when children use specific, precise language (such as circle, in front, larger than, and more) to describe shapes, positions, sizes and quantities. They will learn to recognise and create patterns, compare, sort, match, order, sequence and count using everyday objects. They will begin to use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems.

  1. Understanding the World

As children grow, they need to explore and observe the world around them to gain a better understanding of their community and physical surroundings. By doing so, they learn about diverse environments, technology, people, and places. As they become more aware of these elements, their understanding of other people, the natural world, and man’s relationship with it deepens. Children will often talk about where they live, their family, and events from their past and present. They will observe and record their observations, ask questions, and try to understand why and how things happen.

  1. Expressive Arts and Design

Children’s learning and development can be enhanced through various means, and one of these ways is by allowing them to explore and play with different media and materials. Additionally, it is important to provide them with opportunities and motivation to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas through different art forms, such as music, dance, role-playing, and technology design. They will be able to use a variety of materials, tools, instruments, and resources to convey their ideas and communicate their emotions. Furthermore, they will learn how to select materials, use equipment and skills such as cutting, joining, folding, and building to achieve their goals.