Our Preschool Approach
Preschool Educational Approach
We believe children are confident and capable learners who are citizens from birth. Children are co-collaborators of their own learning with the educators in the space. Children are given time to develop at their own pace and are encouraged to articulate their learning to peers and their community. We work from a base of respect for children, families, our colleagues and the land on which we work. We work collaboratively with children and families and allow all involved in our learning community to have a voice and feel listened to.
We are influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to early education and by the belief that children learn in a multitude of ways. We incorporate elements of nature pedagogy and value the experiences children have in the natural world as a priority for their health and mental and spiritual wellbeing. We value critical reflection in our approach.
Our environments are thoughtfully curated to be the “third teacher” and encourage exploration, investigation and wonder. Our space is a workroom, a place of beauty and a centre of discovery. We use a variety of natural resources and loose parts in our classrooms to encourage creative and innovate thinking.
We help children to engage in short and long term projects which follow their interests. This is a way to explore a subject through different languages and to help children use a variety of skills in their self-motivated learning. It allows children to work together for a common goal and to be inclusive of different points of view from their peers. Project work encourages children to negotiate and problem solve in a social environment which gives them practice at expressing their feelings and self-regulating.
We supply a range of “loose parts” for children to engage with during their play. This term comes from Simon Nicholson who developed the theory of loose parts. The theory is based on the idea that loose parts offer opportunities for being used in multiple ways – constructing, designing, redesigning, multiple-use and engaging creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration. The children are active in their use of loose parts and the use is an ever changing concept. More traditional toys offer limited opportunities and limited engagement from the child. By using loose parts we are asking the children to be the inventors of their play.
We believe in incorporating the beautiful cultural diversity of Australia in our classrooms and teaching children about different ways of living and being in the world. We also want children from a variety of backgrounds to be able to see themselves in our books and environments. We understand the importance of exposing children to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and helping them to understand the role of Australia’s first people as custodians of the land on which we stand. We help children to think about inclusivity in relation to gender, religion, ability, sexual identity and socioeconomics. Our approach around this is to provide a range of resources and experiences to provoke conversations and questions.