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
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
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
Creating opportunities for children to be capable, resourceful and resilient is essential in building strong, independent children.
What our parents think is important
What our children think is important
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 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”
“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.”
“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.”