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St Peters Community Preschool Philosophy

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which our preschool stands, and where we grow and learn together. We recognise our responsibility as early childhood educators in working towards reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australia.

Early childhood is a significant stage of life during which every child has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. During early childhood, foundations are laid for future wellbeing and success. The collaborative and authentic relationships we build with families and carers are central to our work as educators. These positive relationships enable us to support each child’s progress towards positive outcomes in all areas of their learning, development, and growth, with an emphasis on social learning and emotional well-being.

A preschool community built on a sense of belonging for children, families and the wider community is our vision. We value our long term relationships with past children, families and staff, and with our local school St Peters Public. Our shared history shapes and celebrates who we are as a community. We celebrate diversity and our educators value the diverse family and cultural backgrounds of our community. We are proud of our identity as a community-based and managed preschool.

Each child’s experience is unique and we value the principles of inclusion, high expectations, and equity. At St Peters we recognise that every child has the right to participate meaningfully in the preschool program and that our role is to work to remove any barriers to this participation.

Kindness and respect are embedded in our culture and curriculum. We ask that everyone who shares our space ‘Be Kind’ and ‘Be Respectful’. Our work with children, families, and colleagues, is motivated by our desire for social justice, and by the values of respect and compassion. Our team of educators are committed to ongoing learning and critical reflection on early childhood pedagogy – our professional practice and curriculum decision making. We believe that children should be given the freedom and support to explore their world through play, learn about relationships, express their creativity, and develop positive attitudes to learning in a safe, friendly, loving, and stimulating environment.

November 2018