Philosophy Booklet

MT WARNING COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL

PHILOSOPHY & BELIEFS

 

Mission

 

  • To provide early childhood experiences for the children and their families that are inclusive, nurturing and responsive to their individual circumstances, and through these experiences to foster a strong sense of belonging, being and becoming to prepare for a life of learning.

 

 

Vision

 

  • To cultivate relationships within our Mt. Warning Preschool community (staff, parents and children), that are open, respectful and supportive.
  • To support each child’s potential for learning, self efficacy, and autonomy and in partnership with the child’s family to foster a sense of empowerment in the family’s ability to support their child in this endeavour.
  • To demonstrate our commitment to honouring diversity by using authentic communication skills and collaboration.

 

 

Values

 

  • We value each child as unique and having individual needs.
  • We acknowledge that each child brings their sense of being, belonging and becoming with them into our preschool community and those sensibilities are honoured and celebrated.
  • We value and support children with additional needs in our environment by providing information and pathways to support services for parents, collaborative problem solving and training for the educators in the service.
  • We value play based experiences and provide a program based on these to facilitate children’s learning.
  • Our service program is underpinned by The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being and Becoming 2009 (EYLF):

 

  • Belonging – acknowledges children’s interdependence with others (family, cultural group, neighbourhood, wider community) and the basis of relationships defining identities;
  • Being – recognises the importance of here and now in children’s lives; and
  • Becoming – reflects the process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years.

 

 

BELIEFS

 

We believe..     

                                                                       

Our Children:

 

  • Are invaluable, unique and powerful individuals existing within the context of their family and their community;
  • Have a right to secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with educators to allow their confidence and positive self-esteem to develop through a supportive and secure environment; and
  • Are competent and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning.

 

Our Families:

 

  • Are children’s first and most influential educators;
  • Families come from a diverse range of cultures with differing practises, values and beliefs; and these are to be respected and honoured by the preschool, staff and program;
  • Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff; and
  • Family involvement is integral to a high quality program.

 

Our Staff:

 

  • Have valuable roles as co-educators with children, families and communities;
  • Will continually seek ways to build their professional knowledge;
  • Value reflective practice, engaging in questions of philosophy, ethics and practise with peers, families and the community; and
  • Are valued for their personal and professional contributions by creating an environment of collegiality where communication is open and confidentiality is maintained.

 

GOALS

For Children

  • To implement a child- centred program based on principles outlined in NSW curriculum and EYLF;
  • To strive to empower children by using their thoughts and ideas to develop the program;
  • To promote each child’s confidence and positive self image through a range of provisions, experiences and opportunities that build on their understandings, skills, values and sensitivities and promote success;
  • To implement an inclusive approach to positivity support children’s growth of identity, self esteem and critical thinking; and
  • To encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their daily ability.

For Families

  • To communicate openly and constructively with families through personal discussions, child journals, daily journals and newsletters;
  • To strive to have understanding and be responsive to family needs, and provide support when required; and
  • To encourage families to engage in meaningful participation within the program, contributing to their interests and skills.

For Staff

  • To provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making and to obtain feedback;
  • To provide a safe and comfortable working environment with release time for programming and other duties; and
  • To provide ongoing professional development for staff;
  • To ensure staff is felt valued for their individual strengths and contributions to the fabric of the service.

 

 

PROGRAM

We Believe..

Our program:

  • Considers the whole child and the interrelated nature of development and learning. Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas – language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics; science and social and emotional development, working towards learning outcomes as expressed in EYLF ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’;
  • Is developed in response to observations and documentations of children’s strengths, abilities and interests;
  • Supports a child’s learning through collaboration and communication with other children and adults, and through interacting with the environment, and
  • Respects and celebrates the diversity within our centre, families, staff and the wider community, playing a role in fostering and developing a social conscience among children with a view addressing social inequities.

 

Our preschool environment:

  • Welcomes children, families, staff and celebrates the diversity of cultures in our community;
  • Reflects beauty and aesthetic appeal;
  • Provides a balance between a secure home-like space and a stimulating environment that encourages children to explore, solve problems, create and construct; and
  • Provides opportunities for an appreciation and respect for the natural environment, promoting children’s understanding about their responsibility to the environment.
  • Challenges children to explore their physical abilities through opportunities to extend and develop skills.

 

Our preschool community:

  • Strives to be a centre of inclusiveness for early childhood within our community;
  • Can be a central link to information and support services within the wider community;
  • Encourages relationships with community organisations, local councils and schools;
  • Respects that the needs of children, families, staff and the community are constantly changing and that we must be responsive to those needs in the delivery of our services; and
  • Promotes social justice, equity and rights of children, families, staff and management in the wider community.

Our Goals..

For our Program

  • To implement a flexible program that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment, and provides for different learning styles;
  • To observe children and document their work to form the basis of the program
  • To use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children’s ability to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choice sand problem solve;
  • To provide attractive, well-maintained play areas that stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination;
  • To introduce children to a wide range of social and cultural experiences, family types and different ways of doing things so they will learn to value diversity, learn to accept challenges they may face, and become full realised members of society.

 

For Our Environment

  • To ensure each child is visible within the service and establishes a sense of “belonging”;
  • To maintain resources and materials and present them in thoughtful and intentional ways;
  • To strive to create and environment, allowing them to explore “being” and supporting them in “becoming” who they are; and
  • To provide experiences that allow children to learn about and encourage sustainability and respectful relationships within our environment;
  • To encourage children to interact with the environment, seeing many possibilities and using many capabilities.

 

For our Community

  • To ensure we operate within the guidelines set down by governing and professional bodies;
  • To use the established channels of communication with committee, council and the community;
  • To encourage early childhood and work experience students to take part of the program;
  • To utilise local services in an effective and meaningful way;
  • To evaluate our centre goals and program annually;
  • To strengthen our ties with Uki Public School;
  • To continue to participate in local community events like Images of Uki and Belly to Big School.