Our Philosophy

We believe...

 

  • In providing an inspiring, nurturing and peaceful learning environment for children and their families

  • In building an amiable preschool community, where children, families and educators feel at home and where both individual identity and a sense of belonging to a community can be affirmed.

  • In advocating for family-centred education. We encourage each family to participate in the preschool community and support and welcome their interest and involvement.

  • That the rights of the child are paramount and we commit to advocating for these rights. We believe children are capable, competent, creative and valued members of the community.

  • That children construct knowledge and develop through their relationships within the context of collaboration, dialogue, conflict, negotiation, and cooperation with their friends, family and educators.

  • In honouring childrens' right to play, as both a process and context for learning and acknowledge the importance of enjoying their childhood within an ‘unhurried’ environment with meaningful, authentic experiences.

  • The learning environment should be fun, exciting, spontaneous, hands-on, stimulating, challenging and provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, create, experiment, solve problems and express ideas with the support of friends and educators.

  • That each educator brings fundamental personal qualities to the learning environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning.

  • Positive staff interactions are essential in creating an environment and atmosphere in which children feel emotionally safe, secure and happy.

  • In nurturing a culture of organisational growth and continual reflection, and sustaining a powerful commitment to professional learning and high-quality practices in early childhood.

  • In education for sustainability, actively engaging in sustainable practices everyday, and the promotion of a sense of responsibility, respect and empowerment to make a positive difference.

  • In surrounding children with a natural environment that includes plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water and other elements from nature, supporting spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration and discovery and connection with nature.

  • In the importance of nurturing established relationships within the community and strive to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education within our community.

Children’s Services in Australia must adhere to the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the Education and Care Services National Law. Katoomba Leura Preschool is required to have the following mandatory policies which help to govern and determine our legal responsibilities. Where possible we have adapted elements of them to our Centre Philosophy.
Please find our policies below.

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