Our Philosophy

Our philosophy reflects the purpose, values and beliefs of Kiama Preschool Incorporated and was developed with contributions from educators, parents and children.

What our educators think is important

Respect & Acceptance

Creating an inclusive environment that embraces diversity of culture, beliefs and ability.

Ensuring that children are aware of nature and the environment and develop respect for all living and natural things.

Ensuring that interactions within our preschool community are respectful and affirming.

Acknowledging the individuality of parents/families and ensuring that our practice is appropriate to each family’s situation.

Acknowledgement and respect of our nation’s first people

 

Play, Curiosity, Discovery & Challenge

Our curriculum is built around a play based program, focussed on the interests of the children.

We will create an environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking.

We believe that children have different learning styles and capabilities and that different learning environments need to be created with time for children to explore,

We are committed to The Early Years Learning Framework – Being, Belonging and Becoming and to its premise that children are capable learners and communicators

 

Resilience & Independence

We will encourage and support children to manage and adapt to life in a healthy and constructive way. We believe that a strong sense of resilience is crucial to dispositions of confidence self esteem, security and empathy.

Creating opportunities for children to be capable, resourceful and resilient is essential in building strong, independent children.

What our parents think is important

We will provide an environment where relationships are supported and valued.

We will support children to learn the skills of interacting positively, to learn about their responsibilities to others and to recognize and respect the feelings of others.

We acknowledge that “secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships” is one of the Principles of The Early Years Learning Framework and will be practised with children, families and staff.

We are committed to our motto of “live, love, learn and laugh” and will strive to make fun, joy and laughter an integral part of each day.

We aim to allow each child to achieve their potential. We hope to create an environment where children can become enthusiastic, creative and confident to challenge themselves with confidence

What our children think is important

I love riding my skateboard

I love playing with my Dad

I love going to the Minnamurra River and looking for crabs

I love going to the beach

I want to learn about bugs, animals, make things outside and go to the veggie garden

I want to make new friends

I want to draw and make things, do reading and spelling

I want to learn about trucks and dinosaurs

We acknowledge that children’s family, culture, interests and community is the centre of their world.

We embrace the notions of Being, Belonging and Becoming from the Early Years Learning Framework as the starting point of children’s engagement with and participation in the world.

Read below for more on the Early Years Learning Framework.

Being

“Being recognises the importance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present”

Belonging

“Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others. In early childhood relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging.”

Becoming

“Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood, They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow.”