Our Philosophy

In relation to South West Rocks Preschool, our service philosophy is a written statement of our:

  • Beliefs

  • Values

  • Attitudes

  • Principles

  • Practices

Together these guide our:

  • Relationships

  • Interaction

  • Practices

  • Policies

  • Procedures

  • Children's experiences

  • Learning Environments

  • Decision Making

Our philosophy is revised regularly to ensure that it continues to reflect the current beliefs and values of all stakeholders, as well as current daily practices. Childhood is a time for 'Belonging, Being, Becoming'. (from EYLF).

 

Our Philosophy is written in relation to what we believe about:

  • Children

  • Families

  • Curriculum

  • Community

  • Staff / Colleagues

  • Environment

We uphold the following principles and practices:

 

i) With regard to children we will:

  • Ensure all children feel safe, supported, included and confident.

  • Foster a sense of belonging to their family, preschool and communities.

  • Respect that childhood is for 'being' in the here and now, to be a child and to explore joyfully!

  • Respect the right to 'be a child' and to be removed from the stresses and responsibilities of the adult world.

 

ii) With regard to families we:

  • Know and appreciate that families are the most significant and influential part of a child's early development

  • Foster respectful and collaborative relationships with families and encourage their individual contributions

  • Provide education and support to our families and respect their individual circumstances, cultural and child rearing beliefs.

 

iii) With regard to Curriculum we will:

  • Implement and embrace the 'Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).  It's principles, practices and learning outcomes are embedded in our curriculum.

  • Provide a positive, inviting and comfortable learning environment that is aesthetically pleasing

  • Respect that children are capable, competent and able to contribute to decisions regarding their own learning.

  • Acknowledge that social experiences are an important context for learning.

 

iv) With regard to Community we will:

  • Recognise that our children and families also belong to many other communities such as cultural, religious, neighbourhood, local, Australian, world.

  • Establish, value and maintain links with local community groups

  • Reflect local community culture and values in our curriculum and policy development

  • Acknowledge and be involved in local community activities.

  • Advocate for early childhood as being paramount in the development of our children 

  • Access appropriate agencies to ensure needs of families and children are met.

  • Liaise with local schools to facilitate smooth transitions.

 

v) With regard to staff members we will:

  • Act with professionalism in relation to children, families, colleagues and management.

  • Abide by the ECA Code of Ethics

  • Ensure that interactions with children are respectful, meaningful and nurturing.

  • Seek and build supportive collegial relationships with staff and management.

  • Ensure that or responsibilities with regard to care and education are met, and strive to be exceeded.

  • Engage in reflective practices with regard to children's development and learning, equality and social justice and of ourselves as educators.

  • Respond with careful planning to the outcomes of our reflective practice.

 

vi) With regard to the Environment we will:

  • Instil in our children, families and community a respect and responsibility to the environment.

  • Provide a rich environment, both indoors and out, that will invite opportunities for interaction with the natural world.

  • Give our children, families and community access to natural spaces and materials throughout all aspects of the curriculum.

  • Actively promote environmentally sustainable practices, so that these are embedded in our everyday lives.

  • Be ever mindful of our responsibility to teach our children to love and respect the world that will become theirs.

South West Rocks Pre School Inc

13 Trial St 

South West Rocks 

NSW 2431

phone: 02 65666177

email: swrpreschool@bigpond.com