Our kindergarten in partnership with children, parents, staff, committee, The Gowrie (QLD) and wider communities will provide excellence in early childhood education by nurturing the children’s potential, creating strong foundations for their future.
Play – Play is the highest form of investigation. Children who are free to play become creators and explorers. Play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of little people. We create play experiences and scaffold play to build as imaginations expand.
Excellence – We have a commitment to embedding best practice in our everyday program and strive to continuously improve our practice, and the relevance and responsiveness of our kindergarten service. We act with utmost integrity at all times, are accountable for our actions, and ensure effective and efficient use of resources.
Inclusion – We provide an accessible kindergarten service that constantly promotes and embeds inclusive practices to ensure each child is actively and consistently supported to gain the maximum benefit from our kindergarten program. We appreciate the diversity of our communities, acknowledge their social and cultural competencies thus promoting a sense of security and belonging for all.
Partnerships – We build positive enduring relationships with children and families, our community and with one another based on honesty, trust and respect. We strive to ensure the expertise of families is actively sought and valued.
Sustainability – We educate, support and nurture positive environmental attitudes and values to build proactive and effective contributors for a healthier and more sustainable future.
OUR PHILOSOPHICAL BELIEFS
The kindergarten years are an integral phase of children’s early childhood education. We acknowledge each child is a unique individual with their own pattern of development, temperament and potential for learning. We recognise that young children are active learners who seek to make sense of their world through exploration, investigation and problem solving using a wide variety of resources, ideas and understandings.
UNDERPINNING OUR PHILOSOPHY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE:
Children are capable and competent learners, arriving at kindergarten with a range of prior experiences, knowledge, interests and abilities. Children feel supported to explore and engage in the learning environment when they are listened to, their ideas valued and respected. Children learn best when they are happy and feel safe. Children learning is optimised when their positive self-concept, independence and risk taking is encouraged in an environment that values children’s rights.
Play is an authentic and effective method of teaching and learning for young children. Play allows children to become co-creators of a curriculum in which they are encouraged and supported to generate ideas, explore and engage in a caring, enriched and joyful environment. By encouraging open communication, the sharing of thoughts and understandings, and supporting a sense of belonging children develop an awareness of themselves as an important member of our kindergarten family.
Valuing and respecting the cultural, social, familial and individual backgrounds promote a sense of belonging for children and their families. We advocate for diversity and acknowledge the rich heritage of the Byelee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Taribelang Bunda people as the traditional owners of the land on which we play and learn.
Early childhood presents the ideal opportunity to develop attitudes and practices that support the sustainability of our environment and provides our children with an awareness of responsible governance for the world in which we live.
Quality early childhood education provides opportunities for children to develop attitudes and skills for life-long learning thus empowering them to become significant and successful members of our community.