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WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING ENROLMENTS FOR 2018

EARLY CHILDHOOD PHILOSOPHY

PREFACE

We believe that as early childhood teachers we have a responsibility to the young children and families with whom we work. This philosophy was collaboratively developed to clarify our beliefs, ensure they are reflected in our practices and focus on the delivery of a high standard of excellence in our early childhood programs.
Through this process we aim to:
 
  • Provide opportunities for all staff to examine their own beliefs, values and practices
  • Ensure our practices align with the school curriculum plan and whole school literacy strategy
  • Acknowledge and integrate the range of values that exist with our school community
  • Promote “best practice” to cater for the diverse needs of our multi-cultural community
  • Enhance the transition process by promoting continuity of learning
  • Inform new staff members of on-going practices.

PHILOSOPHY

 
This philosophy is based on our beliefs about how young children learn as well as our understandings of the need to assist children develop socially, emotionally and physically.
 
We recognise that children have many and various traits and value them as:
  • Part of a diverse learning community with experiences that vary according to family and cultural backgrounds
  • Unique individuals who develop at various rates
  • Imaginative individuals who are eager, inquisitive and ready to learn.
 
We feel that children learn best when:
  • Provided with the opportunity for play in all its forms
  • Observing and interacting in social situations
  • Actively involved in investigation through participation in hands on activities
  • Differing learning styles are recognised and valued to allow all students to experience success
  • Actively involved in planning activities
  • Positive self-esteem and the ability to risk-take is enhanced through mutual respect and co-operation
  • They are aware of expectations and boundaries are clear and consistent.
  • As a school we aim to:
  • Foster a warm, caring and supportive environment that provides freedom to be creative and values effort by encouraging students to have-a-go
  • Encourage positive working relationships with parents/carers to develop strong home/school links as partners in the child’s development
  • Facilitate learning by encouraging, supporting, scaffolding and guiding students
 
Provide an integrated, individualised curriculum to cater for operationalised by:
  • Monday Parade

  • Buddy Program

  • Whole School You Can Do It Program

  • Sports Day

  • Whole School Celebration Of Under 8's Day

  • Easter Bonnet Parade                                                                  

  • Support-A-Talker Intervention Program

  • Excursions

  • Ongoing Professional Development

PREP INFORMATION

What will my child learn in the Preparatory Year?

The learning experiences in the Preparatory Year will help your child to:
  • take on responsibilities
  • become more independent
  • respect other people
  • co-operate with others
  • make sensible choices about their health and safety
  • develop their physical skills
  • learn about their environment
  • develop oral language
  • develop their early mathematical understandings
  • learn how to be thinkers and problem solvers
  • use their imagination and creativity
  • develop their early literacy understandings.

What will I see my child doing?

Your child will be:
  • investigating interests
  • making choices
  • talking with teachers and other children
  • designing and making things
  • singing, dancing and painting
  • listening to stories
  • playing games indoors and outdoors
  • climbing, balancing, jumping
  • planning and sharing in make-believe play
  • using computers to draw pictures, make signs, play games, find out about the world and practice mathletics
  • taking part in everyday experiences like cooking, gardening and tidying up
  • writing and copying signs during their play
  • learning about size, shape, weight and measurement as they construct things indoors and outdoors.

How will this help my child when they get into Year 1?

The Preparatory Year continues on from your child’s learning at home and at kindergarten, child care and preschool.
The curriculum in the Prep Year is designed to provide the foundation that children need for success in later schooling. International research has identified several factors that are connected with success at School.
These are:
  • independence
  • social learning
  • health and physical development
  • language development
  • early literacy and numeracy understandings
  • ability to work and solve problems
  • imagination and creativity
  • a positive approach to learning.
The Year 1 curriculum builds on the curriculum in the Prep Year.