Sarah Court Statement of Philosophy-Key Principles
● Relationships with Children: Children’s confidence in their own abilities is heightened when teachers listen to their views, respect their opinions and recognise their agency.
● Relationships with Families: Children learn within the context of their family culture. Learning is enhanced when educators and families form strong collaborative partnerships, where knowledge is shared and the child is supported at home, in the preschool and in the community.
In 2020, our families have reported these values as being most important to them : Love, honesty, kindness, respect, compassion, caring, family, fun, manners, helpfulness.
● Relationships with Management and PAG: Educators are able to advocate for and support families, and ensure a quality program is provided, when they form collaborate and positive partnerships with YRKI (EYM) and the PAG.
● Wellbeing: Children’s physical and emotional wellbeing is paramount, and underpins the quality of their learning experiences.
● Play Based Learning: Children learn through play. When agency is respected and play is chosen freely, based on individual interests and strengths, children are highly motivated and learning is relevant and meaningful.
● Inclusive Practice: Diversity adds to the richness of our community. Children come to the preschool from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, with different abilities, strengths and individual identities. All children deserve to be respected and valued, free from bias and stereotypes.
● Celebrating Indigenous Culture: When we promote cultural awareness in our community, we contribute to a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander ways of knowing and being, and we demonstrate our recognition of their place as the First People of our nation.
● Time to Learn: We demonstrate that we value children’s learning when we give them time to actively engage in playful experiences; to discover, to experiment, to explore.
● Quality Environments: A quality space is conducive to quality learning, as children’s senses, ideas and creativity are stimulated and different learning styles are supported.
● Relationship with the Natural World: We value and respect our natural world. Children deserve the opportunity to connect with nature and take advantage of the rich play experiences it has to offer. David Sobel – If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.
● A Rich Language Environment: When children are exposed to rich language experiences , they are supported in their efforts to form effective relationships and form foundations for Literacy and Numeracy.
● Reflective Practice: As educators, we continually reflect on our practice and support each other in our work with the children.
Belonging, Being , Becoming. The Early Years Framework www.deewr.gov.au/earlychildhood
Victorian Early Years Framework. www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/earlyyears/index.html
THE FIRST EDUCATOR
As your childs first educator,
you play a big part in their education and navigating their way through
the early years of their life.
PARTNER WITH US
At Sarah Court Preschool we work to form strong partnerships with parents and families and encourage them to participate in the program.