All children are unique and capable individuals with many different talents, gifts, and ideas.
Our play based program supports the individual needs of all children in becoming competent and confident learners.
All children have rights, and these rights of a child are regarded as a high priority at Yenda Preschool.
Children should be encouraged to make their own decisions and choices in their own learning path.
In relation to families, we believe that
Families are the most important people in their child's life, and have valuable information to share with us.
Families should feel secure in knowing that their child is in a caring and nurturing environment.
Communication channels are open and always encouraged between staff and families and are supported through discussions, portfolios, newsletters, the family happenings page, day books and information flyers and notes.
In relation to the environment, we believe that
Our natural environment encourages and supports learning, enquiry, curiosity, excitement and an understanding of our beautiful world.
All environments will be maintained to a high level of safety without compromising the learning experiences available to children.
The indoor and outdoor environments will be full of opportunities to support the learning of all children and to foster exploration, curiosity and a desire to learn.
In relation to the educational program and practice, we believe that
The program encourages children to make their own decisions and have control of their learning through strengths, interest and needs.
Early childhood education sets the foundation of learning in a child's life, constituting the first formal stage of a continuing educational process.
Children will be able to initiate their own learning through exploration, curiosity, free expression, questioning and safe risk taking.
Children's play should be recognized as a natural and important learning tool
Children will be guided and assisted socially and emotionally throughout play where needed
We will ensure an interest is taken in each child and their families as individuals.
Being sensitive to the rights, needs and cultures of all and be given the opportunity to contribute freely.
Our key learning outcomes are aligned to the National Early Years Learning Framework and encompasses the following key understandings-
Children have a sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators
In relation to Leadership and Management and Staffing Arrangements, we believe
Together the preschool, staff, committee and families will provide a safe and caring environment where children, families, staff and the community can contribute and feel comfortable, valued and accepted.
We shall remain professional and ethical at all times, whilst striving to provide the best possible care.
All staff will be accepted, respected and valued
All staff should be able to continue to develop both personally and professionally, individually and as a team.
From our philosophy, we have developed many policies and procedures with input from our families and community, which provide guidelines for the operation of our preschool. Policy review and development, the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), and educator training program are ongoing.