In relation to children:
Our team at Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten will aim to provide an environment that is safe and that allows children to explore, grow and develop. Within this environment, all children’s needs of safety, affection, education and physical needs will be met. We will provide a balanced and relaxed learning environment, where children are given the opportunity to develop a healthy and positive self-esteem, and where they are able to play at their own pace and level of development. Your child will be motivated to interact verbally in a positive way and to be able to participate within the group with respect, care and an understanding of others.
In relation to families:
Our team at Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten will aim to provide a link between home and care. We will work in partnership with families to provide the best possible care for your child as well as meeting the needs of the family as a whole. All our staff will develop and maintain open communication with our families and use families as a source of information and support. We encourage our families to take an active role in their child’s learning and in the centre through sharing cultures, ideas, knowledge, strengths, and differences. Our parents are viewed as an asset and we encourage you to be involved in day-to-day operations, programs, and centre decisions. We aim to provide a support network to families utilising our centre and provide them with knowledge, advice and professional support should this be required. All families have the right to an ‘Open Door Policy’ as family participation is important in providing quality care in respect of value.
In relation to staff:
The staff at Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten will provide a curriculum to support children’s wellbeing and learning, the intentional provisions and the offerings that make in order to create possibilities and opportunities for children’s engagement. Our educators aim to build positive relationships with children based on trust and understanding. Staff will meet children’s basic needs with care, nurturing and affection. They will model appropriate behaviour and reflect on their own beliefs to create an environment free from judgement and bias and accept diversity, difference and individuality. At all times staff will use the children’s best interests as their guiding principle.
In relation to the community:
Our Staff at Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten will aim to promote respect for diversity, culture and individual differences. We use every opportunity to teach children about the community around them and further develop their awareness of others and the world around them. Our educators will aim to teach children about what is expected of them, and what is acceptable within our society. They will offer guidance and be positive role models, modelling appropriate and socially acceptable behaviour at all times.
In relation to play:
Our educators aim to provide children with opportunities for free play and exploration to create a balance between teacher initiated learning and children’s ideas. We aim to create an environment where teachers do not always decide what to teach but rather help children develop projects around their own ideas, interests and play. Our Staff will listen to their ideas and observe their interests to expand on their play experiences. They will include activities that further develop their knowledge and skills through their own ideas as well as their own actions.
In relation to sustainability:
Glenfield Preschool Kindergarten aims to create a stimulating environment where children have the time, space and resources to experiment and explore their natural environment. We recognise the importance of being environmentally conscious and will continue to inspire this in young children so they can participate in sustainable practices for their future.
In relation to the program:
Our team in practice will aim to provide a program that balances developmental needs with children’s need to express themselves through imagination, creativity and spirituality. Staff will challenge children to explore and experiment with their own ideas while guiding them in a way of learning from this curiosity. They will also use their own ideas and knowledge to initiate children’s thinking and encourage them to learn through every day experiences as well as providing opportunities for developmentally appropriate play. We respect each child’s culture and its values, which we incorporate into our multicultural and anti-bias program.
All activities planned are age and stage appropriate and reflect each child’s development. Based on The Early Years Learning Framework, daily routines and the curriculum, encourage active involvement and meaningful experimentation in a secure setting that allows the children to be leaders of their own play. Our practices support “Belonging, Being and becoming” and the 5 Learning Outcome Areas for Children:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners and
- Children are effective communicators.