Whorouly and District Preschool – Philosophy
At Whorouly and District Preschool we believe all young children have access to a high quality educational program, in a stimulating and nurturing, natural environment.
We believe and acknowledge that children learn at different rates in different ways and at different times, and their development and past experiences are varied. Parents are identified as significant contributors to provide information to support staff in the education and development of their child. Communication with parents is therefore valued in the sharing of knowledge and skills and working together in support of the child.
Staff are committed to respecting and acknowledging each child’s identity and culture and develop practices that provide an inclusive program for all individuals. We (staff) aim to promote in children a sense of belonging – who they are and their connectedness to others. We promote a shared identity as Australians thus providing an inclusive program for all individuals sharing knowledge of Australia’s rich Indigenous culture.
We provide an Emergent Curriculum, play based, where ideas emerge from the children, families, events or moments that occur. The integration of child-directed play and learning: guided play and learning and adult led learning forms the basis of programmed activities. Through interactions, experiences,activities, routines and events, both planned and unplanned, we aim to foster children’s learning and development to allow them to reach their optimum learning level in a safe, supportive environment. The use of natural play materials is promoted and facilitated by our unique and aesthetic outdoor play area including a vegetable garden, fairy corner and naturally shaded country setting. We promote environmental sustainability into our program with the children and strive to find ways to improve our knowledge on this.
We aim to provide learning opportunities that:
- Meet individual needs and interests of children
- Develop skills in all learning areas
- Encourage exploration and experimentation in play
- Teach children to develop an awareness of themselves, others and the world
- Are fun and challenging to support personal achievement
- Encourage children to be independent and to develop strategies to assist them to be resilient in their day to day life experiences
- Support Learning Outcomes of the EYLDF (Early Years Learning and Development Framework) and reflect guiding Principles of the National Quality Framework
- Are inclusive and support, promote and embrace cultural differences.
Staff are committed to establishing equitable relationships with children and families in a supportive and friendly environment which continues within the local community. We share and interact with children and staff from our local primary school developing a strong transition program.
Local community groups are involved in decision making that affect our Centre and provide links and support within our small rural community.
Planning, documenting, reflection and evaluation are critical components of the Early Years Learning and Development Framework implemented at our Centre including ongoing Professional Development supported by our Committee and Approved Provider (The Whorouly Primary School Council).
This philosophy reflects the views, the commitments and the experiences of staff and families and the Whorouly community.