Philosophy and curriculum

Our Philosophy

(Currently updating)

Philosophy 2015 FINAL

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The Curriculum

Our curriculum is guided by the national Curriculum for Early Childhood, The Early Years Learning Framework. Fundamental to the framework, is a view of children’s lives as categorised by belonging, being and becoming, which is embedded into our service’s curriculum. This framework has five learning outcomes that are designed to capture the complex learning and development of all children during these very important early years. At preschool we work in partnership with the children and families to achieve these learning outcomes for all children in meaningful ways.

  1.  Children have a strong sense of identity.
    We encourage and facilitate this by developing relationships to allow for a sense of trust to develop. When children feel safe, secure and supported they grow in confidence to explore and learn. They are encouraged to develop their emerging autonomy, resilience and sense of agency through being supported to make decisions and interact in relation to others with care empathy and respect.
  2. Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
    Children are encouraged to participate collaboratively in everyday routines, events, and experiences and have opportunities to contribute to decisions that affect them. Children are invited to explore their natural world through engaging with materials, plants and exploring their relationship with living things, which enables them to show a growing appreciation and care for the environments around them.
  3. Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
    Wellbeing includes good physical health, feelings of happiness, satisfaction and successful social connections. A strong sense of wellbeing in all areas provides children with confidence to maximize their learning potential.  At preschool children have the opportunity to discover friendships and the complex social world and expectations in a safe and supported environment. We encourage accomplishments and involve them to work with others cooperatively. We provide spaces for children to simply be themselves, to relax and to be happy! Throughout every day at preschool there are many opportunities to engage in physical activity and to discover more about good hygiene, health and safety.
  4. Children are confident and involved learners.
    We encourage the development of many valuable learning dispositions by involving the children in meaningful play based learning. Being curious, confident, creative, enthusiastic and expressing wonder enables them to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. We provide challenging and engaging environments and experiences responsive to
    children’s interests which enable the children to develop a range of skills and process. We provide resources that encourage the children to resource their own learning and represent their thinking and understandings.
  5. Children are Effective Communicators.
    Communication is vital as humans and children are supported and encouraged to interact verbally and non-verbally with others. We engage in sustained communication with the children and support them to engage with their peers. Experiences in preschool build on a range of experiences with literacy and numeracy and language that children bring from their families and community. Positive attitudes and competencies in literacy and numeracy are essential for children’s successful learning. We provide opportunities for children to express ideas and make meaning using a range of media including painting, sculpture, drama, dance, music and storytelling, all of which are considered languages for children to express their understandings and thoughts.

Skill Development

There will be a balance of indoor and outdoor experiences initiated and programmed from interests and developmental needs of the child with focus on the five main outcomes listed above. Staff observe each child and record developmental progress. These records are available for parents to view at anytime and focus on:

Co-operation                                              Group Work                                              Pre-reading
Creative Skills                                            Problem Solving                                      Pre-writing
Self Help Skills                                           Social Skills                                                 Spatial Skills
Language                                                      Cognitive Skills                                         Science Skills
School readiness skills                         Gross Motor
Fine Motor                                                  Eye\Hand\Foot synchronization