In 2016 Mt Martha Preschool became one of the first kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula to incorporate the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKGP) into its curriculum.
The SAKGP has been running in primary schools across Australia for more than a decade; but an early learning syllabus has only recently been made available to preschools.
The preschool SAKGP is linked to benchmark outcomes:
“A hands-on, seasonal approach to pleasurable food education includes many activities for preschool-aged children that link beautifully to the five learning outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework:
- Through play-based learning and hands-on cooking and gardening experiences, children can develop a strong sense of identity.
- Caring for plants and animals (such as wriggly worms!) helps them connect with and contribute to their world.
- Achieving successes (and learning the resilience to deal with failures) while cooking and gardening can help children develop a strong sense of wellbeing.
- Children can become confident and involved learners through contextual learning based on sensory experiences.
- Working on garden and kitchen activities alongside others can help children become effective communicators.”
The kitchen garden program fits in beautifully to Mt Martha Preschool’s curriculum and supports our values of healthy eating, sustainable practices and caring for the environment.