Our Philosophy

Stones Corner Community Kindergarten Philosophy

We believe that early childhood is the time in life when firm foundations are laid for future learning and wellbeing.

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians, the Jagera people, and their sacred lands on where our Kindergarten stands. We pay our deep respects to the elders of the past, the present and the future, and acknowledge our beautiful Mother Earth as she continues to nurture all who place their footsteps upon her.

Children:

We believe in the promotion of secure attachments and warm trusting relationships and interactions

We believe that children are competent and capable and are co-contributors in their own learning

We believe that all children are individuals and that they learn in their own way and at their own pace

We believe that play is the most important process through which young children learn

We seek to strengthen resilience in children and encourage the practice of critical thinking and informed risk taking

We promote communication, problem solving skills, literacy learning and mathematical awareness as integral to children’s foundation for future schooling

We promote social awareness and learning; the capacity to express and acknowledge feelings and promote tolerance and inclusion to each other

We believe that children’s curiosity and inquisitiveness should be nurtured and encouraged throughout their childhood

Families:

We recognise that parents are the first and foremost teachers of their children

We seek to build genuine reciprocal relationships between children, families and educators that are strengthened and sustained over time

We seek to develop and maintain positive relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

We promote sharing of information and expertise between parents and educators, and that education is a collaborative undertaking

We respect and value the unique cultures, customs and diversity of individual families

We promote family involvement in all areas of the Kindergarten

Educators:

We believe that qualified, dedicated and passionate educators are critical to the development and maintenance of a quality early education program.

We believe in a commitment by Educators to ongoing professional learning.

We believe in reflection of our practice, commit to continuous quality improvement, and support each other’s ongoing professional and personal development.

Community:

We acknowledge and value our own indigenous heritage and that of the wider community – locally, nationally and internationally.

We value our connection to the local community and to the local family support services.

We value the promotion and contribution of our services within the community.

We promote a long lasting ongoing relationship with past children and families.

Environment:

We promote and create a safe and healthy environment for adults and children.

We promote a welcoming and stimulating learning environment to encourage thoughtful play.

We believe in a responsibility for the natural environment and awareness of sustainability.

We promote initiatives that connect children and family to the environment.

Health:

We value health as an important lifelong asset and encourage children to take some responsibility for their own health

We promote healthy eating and the enjoyment of healthy food

We promote activities that encourage children to move and strengthen their bodies

We encourage children and their families to enjoy an active lifestyle together

We value the importance of mental and emotional health in children, families and the wider community

 

Last Reviewed by the Committee, educators, families and children June 2017