Every child is a unique individual and that children learn best through play and discovery and through being actively involved in their learning.
THE IMAGE OF THE CHILD
Our most important, common goal is the wellbeing of the children. We believe that a happy, loving, trusting atmosphere is conducive to learning, to developing positive self esteem, friendships, and to acquiring the foundations of life skills.
Our enriched play based curriculum allows children to make independent choices and allows for individual development.
At St Margaret’s we are committed to providing a quality educational program that is inclusive of all children in our care.
We plan a curriculum which reflects the needs of both the individual and the group and values each child’s background, culture, interests and strengths. We promote the development of children’s self esteem, confidence, resilience, problem solving, respect for others, independence and social skills.
ROLE OF ENVIRONMENT
We aim to provide a happy, safe, fun, nurturing, relaxed and enriched environment where children can develop dispositions for learning such as being curious, confident, a communicator, resourceful, cooperative, persistent and a risk taker.
We value our outdoor environment and we recognise that children need opportunities to connect to the natural world fostering an understanding and respect of the natural environment.
We will embed sustainable practises into our curriculum to highlight our responsibilities to care for the environment and provide for a sustainable future.
CHILDREN ARE CONNECTED
Children’s learning is a journey. Each child will learn in their own time and in their own way. The learning is based on their life experiences, the interests they have and their individual needs. Children are given opportunities to try new things, take risks, make mistakes, and be free to explore and experiment and to discover things that extend their knowledge. Children need the opportunity to develop life skills which will enable them to thrive in an ever changing world.
FAMILIES AS PARTNERS
We strive to create a welcoming environment for all families who come into our centre, where positive and supportive relationships are formed. We believe that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers, and that it is vital to work together in partnership with families to provide appropriate learning experiences for the children. We actively encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning and the everyday operation of the kindergarten.
We acknowledge and respect the diversity of our families and their histories, cultures, languages and traditions. Children are given opportunities to understand Australia’s cultural diversity, and the importance of being inclusive and respectful to all.