At MiNiMi, we provide holistic approaches to your child's education which means our educators pay attention to children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as cognitive aspects of learning. Our curriculum is guided by the "Belong, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia" and encompassess all the interactions, experiences, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in an environment designed to foster children's learning and development.
Munch & Move is a NSW Health initiated program that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small handheld games devices).
Through the program, our educators implement a fun and play-based approach to support children develop and practice healthy eating and physical activity habits, which includes learning a range of fundamental movement skills that will help children take part in and enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.
The program is based on six health promoting key messages: Encourage and support breastfeeding; Choose water as a drink; Choose healthier snacks; Eat more fruit and vegetables; Get active each day; Turn off the screen and get active.
The Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA) program is a digital, play-based language learning program which opens up a world of cultural possibilities for children early in life. ELLA not only supports children’s literacy, but also develops their social, thinking and digital skills, and can even improve memory and concentration.
By participating the program, children learn to respect diversity as they learn about new cultures. ELLA not only supports children’s literacy, but also develops their social, thinking and digital skills, and can even improve memory and concentration. This Australian Government initiative helps our children to become more comfortable with learning a different language early in life and driving a genuine interest in a new language and culture.
Sensory play is essential in children’s early years. At MiNiMi, we provide a stimulus rich environment for children to use their five senses (Taste, Touch, Smell, Sight and Hearing) to explore the world. A multisensory learning approach is promoted to support children’s development and naturally encourage them to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.
By engaging in sensory activities, children refine their thresholds for different information which helps their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.
At MiNiMi, educators apply this interdisciplinary approach to learning so that children have opportunities to learn and apply concepts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during their day-to-day play. Children build their knowledge and understanding of the world by observing, asking questions, and investigating, which are natural inclinations that form the foundation for early science, technology, engineering and math exploration.
Our educators nourish these tendencies and utilize the learning environment to help children develop them. We use both planned and unplanned STEM experiences to engage children and prompt investigation and exploration with open-ended questions.
Through the STEM program, children can also develop a range of key skills including problem solving, creativity, critical analysis, teamwork, independent thinking, initiative, communication and digital literacy.
Picasso once said ‘every child is an artist.’ This is also what we believe at MiniMi Academy. Our educators foster a child’s holistic development and support children’s artistic abilities and knowledge by encouraging them to learn and engage in the arts, whether in dance, music, drama or visual art.
Our educators practice and supports a caring, engaging, and equitable learning environment and evidence-based practices that actively involve all children in their social and emotional well-being, and cognitive development.
By embedding the SEL into every part of children’s daily routine, we help children understand and learn to manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Our School Readiness program aims to prepare our preschoolers ready to make an easy and successful transition into school. It has a focus on academic areas which include Literacy (alphabets, reading program, understanding and using language etc.) and Numeracy (numbers, measurement, patterns etc.).
At the same time, we also believe that the School Readiness actually refers to a much broader range of skills, which include self care (independent toileting and opening lunch boxes), attention and concentration, physical skills (e.g. having the endurance to sit upright for an entire school day), emotional regulation, language skills and play and social skills.