We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Bundjalung people on whose land we occupy today and we pay our respects to elders past and present.
Family and Community Involvement
We are proud of our community managed, not for profit preschool. We value the importance of forging strong relationships with children, family and community. We support these connections by encouraging educators, families and community members to share their culture, interests and time with us. This helps children to develop a sense of belonging and sense of worth when we value family input. Our daily activities reflect our local community and this interdependence with each other.
These shared connections within and outside the preschool are important as both individuals and collectively as it contributes to a healthy local community and society overall. Consideration is given to rights and responsibilities rather than rules. We are able to then belong in a number of contexts.
This is an important daily practice where we develop communication skills that enable the fostering of relationship building and sustaining social connections. Respectfulness, inclusiveness, and acceptance of children and their families is a cornerstone of our learning and activities. All families and their children have the right to access a meaningful early childhood environment where we value the knowledge they bring, their diverse abilities and their individual perspectives. A true meaning of belonging is supported.
Play Based Learning
The Early Years Learning Framework define play as a way in which children can organise and make sense of their world as they engage actively with people and place. Play allows for being and the opportunity to engage in safe risk taking, be imaginative, creative, explore, discover, use initiative, experiment, solve problems, contribute ideas and take ideas from others , listen and maintain relationships in an everyday context.
There is also the opportunity to relax, enjoy, taking time to learn and practice skills that are imbedded in the realms of cognition, physicality, socialising, and emotional domains. Engaging our senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound with a variety of natural resources where - ever possible.
The learning environments will reflect a warm, friendly and aesthetically pleasing learning space.Child led interests will be evident in these spaces as educators take care to provide resources for stimulating and thoughtful areas of engagement. Children are active participants in their own learning and bring a range of prior learning with them. Our learning environments aim to foster curiosity, asking of questions, investigation, inference and wonder.
Sustainability and Environmental Awareness
We actively promote an understanding of our natural environment through the activities we engage in, the resources that we use and the focus on caring for our surrounds and the wider impact of our actions upon our community and our world.
Our caring values support healthy emotional and physical interactions with sustainable practices that engender a sense of belonging and a caretaker responsibility that in turns increases the children’s knowledge ,sense of worth and connection with their environment.
Health and Wellbeing
This is achieved holistically, which incorporates healthy eating, regular exercise, self-care and independence, resilience, relaxation and self-regulation.
The tenets as promoted by the Munch and Move Program as well as the Pals Social Skills program are embedded within our daily routines.
Out team are professionals who engage in regular in-service to stay motivated and informed of current practices and share their knowledge in a collaborative way.
We aim to create an environment that supports individual and group learning experiences. These experiences may occur in a play – based situation, be intentional, or responsive to an interest. It is in this way we incorporate pre – literacy and numeracy and other pre – academic skills, assisting each child to become prepared for the transition to Kindergarten.
We also pay attention to the need to also promote social and emotional confidence for this journey of preparing children for the next step.
Early Education is Important
The early years are formative and what occurs in these years is crucial to later interactions, learning and self-esteem. With that in mind we realise the important role we have as educators during these early years. It is a role of communicating with families, supporting and nurturing and facilitating growth and development of children in our care.
We aim to provide a quality educational program, an encouraging environment with mutual respect between all to ensure a positive start!