The preschool philosophy is the ‘why’ behind how our service works with the children, families and each other as educators. It’s a combination of our beliefs, values and expectations for the educational program and its outcomes.
One of our main beliefs that forms the foundation to our programming is that learning, and development comes from the child’s primary influence, their family.
At Yarraleen Preschool, families are respected and valued as children’s first and lifelong teachers. We believe that this is enriched when children, families and educators value and share their experiences, knowledge, creativity and skills in a respectful, collaborative and democratic style.
Our belief is that a collaborative approach like this will help to build on the individual child’s wellbeing, resilience and confidence. Meaningful interactions and respectful relationships built on this are integral to children’s life and learning.
Our philosophy and teaching is influenced by the theorists Urie Bronfenbrenner and Lev Vygotsky, in that we place importance in the child’s surrounding environment and how it influences their growth and development.
Our programs at Yarraleen are based on the following principles:
- Connections to Australia’s and Bulleen’s Indigenous past and present are acknowledged, valued and incorporated in the curriculum.
- Early childhood is a unique and critical period in a human life where children thrive when they have time ‘to be’, not rushed.
- Children are creative, capable and inquisitive learners who thrive in a secure, nurturing, fair, stimulating and responsive environment.
- Children as active citizens, have rights and shared responsibilities including respecting and caring for others, and our environment both natural and built.
- Meaningful interactions and respectful relationships are integral to children’s life and learning.
- Active, meaningful play promotes optimal learning through a journey of inquiry, shared discovery and critical thinking.
- Families are respected and valued as children’s first and lifelong teachers.
- Learning and development are enriched when children, families and educators value and share their experiences, knowledge, creativity and skills in a respectful, collaborative and democratic style.
- A curriculum that honours and reflects diversity: acceptance of individual temperaments, dispositions and personalities, learning styles, interests, and rates of learning, abilities, values, families and culture, best meets the needs of the learning community.
- The key learning areas of language, the arts, mathematics, studies of society, technology, science and the environment are actively explored.
- Educator’s training, knowledge, experience, and commitment to further Professional Development enhances the quality of educational programs.
- Connections with the wider community enrich teaching and learning.
- Our daily practice is guided by the ECA Code of Ethics and providing us with the opportunity for critical reflection, a guide to our professional behaviour, and the tools to inform our own individual and collaborative decision-making.