Our Beliefs and Commitments
We view children as active participants in their own learning, with rights (as outlined in the UN convention on the rights of the child) and responsibilities. An important aspect of children’s rights is the right to feel safe, secure and be protected. At kindergarten, these rights underpin our practices and interactions with children every day and are supported by our Statement of Commitment to Children’s Safety as well as our Code of Conduct policy for staff and students, parents, volunteers and visitors to our kindergarten.
We view children as successful, competent and capable learners. We support and extend children’s agency and participation, that is, their ability and right to lead and contribute to decision making about their learning. We encourage children to be involved in decision making about matters that affect them. We respect and listen to children’s opinions and by doing so support their participation in the program. We acknowledge and understand that children are becoming increasingly independent but still require adult help and support to achieve this. We value children’s play highly and understand that rich play experiences support and provide so many learning opportunities for children across the 5 learning outcomes that are 1. Identity, 2. Community, 3. Wellbeing, 4. Learning and 5. Communication.
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Equity, inclusion and diversity are celebrated and explored in many ways within our kindergarten. The rights of all children regardless of gender, ability or cultural background to participate to their fullest potential is supported and promoted across the curriculum and evident in our interactions with children. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued and visibly represented in our programs. Children from non-English speaking backgrounds are supported to maintain their home language as well as being immersed in language rich play and experiences at kindergarten to support their communication skills. Through modelling and teaching children to respect themselves, each other and their environment, children are learning to respond positively to diversity and to practice inclusive ways of being.
Our Relationships with Families
We aim to build strong relationships with our parents and families by providing a welcoming and supportive environment. Regular communication and sharing information about children, their home life and culture enables us to build stronger relationships and understandings about each child’s development, personality, behaviour, strengths and interests. We believe that it is important that the kindergarten experience is fun, enjoyable and enriching for not only the child, but the family as well. We invite our families to participate in our program in many ways and to feel welcome at our kindergarten. We provide support to families when needed and can refer to additional support services when required for the child and/or the family. We do so in a confidential, supportive and professional manner.
Our Commitment to Learning
Our Teachers and Educators, along with our Committee of Management Parent Representatives have an ongoing and strong commitment to children’s education and care and the provision of a high quality children’s service. Our Administrative Officer supports the operation and fulfils the service requirements of the kindergarten and the Department of Early Education and Training. Kindergarten staff and Committee of Management undertake professional development and training to support and strengthen our current knowledge around a wide range of areas such as children’s development, operating requirements, music and dance, documenting and evaluating children’s learning and first aid, CPR, and asthma and anaphylaxis training.