A Unique Program – The Abecedarian Advantage. The only learning centre on the Mornington Peninsula offering the Abecedarian approach, the Seawinds child centre education prepares every child for a seamless transition to school. The world renowned, proven approach benefits each child by developing the skills they need to succeed in life – advanced development in literacy and language.
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Supporting the Sessional Kindergarten Programs, our Before and After Kindergarten Care is available 5 days per week. School Holiday Program (for 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten children) is available, at an additional cost.
No Limits is a speech and oral language program created in response to low levels of oral language in children coming to Seawinds Kindergarten.
No Limits was formed by a group of primary school principals who could see that without appropriate intervention, the majority of these children would not have the oral language foundations to learn to read. This outcome was being experienced by the secondary schools whose data showed that less than 30% of children enrolling in year 7 were at expected levels in literacy.
MPF was able to raise over $1M from dedicated donors and set out on a three year program that included six schools and kinders.
No Limits provides a speech therapist every day during the 4 year old sessional kindergarten program. They first assess all children then create individual interventions to address the needs. Each site has a dedicated educational assistant to support the work in partnership with the class teacher and integrate it into the daily curriculum. Phonemic awareness has been shown to be one of the most significant areas of need and of growth in response to intervention. This links into the teaching of reading and the need for schools to build capacity in this area. Some schools have reviewed their whole approach to teaching literacy and seen dramatic improvements. Each school is different, but the fundamental commitment to a phonics based approach is driving the changes the program was set up to address.
The three year project has just finished, including navigating the challenges of remote learning, with very promising outcomes. A further year’s funding has been secured to enable a full evaluation of the program with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne.
This work is flowing directly into the Learning Enhancement program in Western Port and will be part of the newly created Rosebud Education Initiative driven by Rosebud Secondary College and their same critical need to increase levels of literacy in students enrolling in year 7.