I’ve been trying to get my head around a programming format that suits my needs for years now. At the beginning of the year I spend hours revamping the format and generally participating in work avoidance techniques rather than actually filling in the probably “just fine as it is” programme.
This year is the first year that I am reasonably happy with the outcome. I’ve been trying to get my head around the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and integrating that into how I programme. I read a lot of EYLF blogs and facebook pages but I find that most are daycare based and therefore somewhat irrelevant to the type of programming required in a school setting. That’s not to say that these blogs and pages aren’t beneficial to me. I have gleaned a lot of great ideas and learnt a fair amount about what goes on before I see the children in my care.
My main concern was having a programming format that also links, even if loosely, to the National Curriculum. I’m only required to programme using the EYLF but there’s an implied pressure to be aiming the children towards the goals of the National Curriculum. I also like to have a subject overview to make sure I am delivering a balanced curriculum. One 3-4 week programme may have a Society and Environment focus but then I know the next may have a Science focus. I aim to have an integrated programme which covers most if not all learning areas in a topic but sometimes its just not possible to incorporate them all.
The image below shows page two of my current programming format proforma. The first page covers English and Maths. I have the main EYLF outcomes listed on the left with boxes I can just check off to show I am covering them. Into the second box I cut and paste the more specific learning outcomes from the Educator’s Guide. I have made a term overview sheet which lists all of these specific learning outcomes with checklist columns to check off which term/s they are covered in. This enables me to clearly see that what I have covered and what needs working on still. In the subject areas of the programming proforma I list the activities I will be engaging in with the children.