Through play each child develops their own potential, being encouraged, supported and guided to follow their interests as enquirers, thinkers and researchers. Like life, all learning occurs within a social context. Our practice is based on an approach of Engagement, not Entertainment. We value play as an important learning medium for children, providing many open-ended opportunities and learning experiences in which children can create and construct their ideas. This supports thinking and skill development within a social context. Children and adults scaffold their knowledge and understanding on each other, sharing a balance of input. Interactions with people, materials and places are highly valued.
We believe we have a responsibility to help children question, problem solve and take an active role in and responsibility for their learning. We want to support children to be seekers in learning and not to be passive bystanders. We aim to create a place for children, families, staff and community visitors to feel connected, have a sense of belonging and form partnerships.
We aim to create an environment that values play and enables children to wonder, create, co-construct and be consulted. We aim to create a place that is flexible with materials and programming to cater for the strengths, needs, interests and backgrounds of all children. We aim to create a place that supports and implements sustainable practices. We aim to provide an environment where children have opportunities to connect with a natural outdoor environment.
We welcome to our centre the input of parents and community members to enrich our program. We recognise that parents are their child’s first teacher and see the centre as an extension of the child’s world and learning opportunities.
Together with parents we map and follow, support and celebrate the development of each child during the course of their pre-prep year.