Our Philosophy

 

 

At Box Hill South Pre School we believe:
  • Children are unique inpiduals with their own background experiences, distinctive character, interests, likes, dislikes abilities and needs.

So we welcome all children to our kindergarten, taking time to

 get to know, understand and value each child inpidually and build positive relationships with each child.

  • Influences from both home and kindergarten help to shape children's development. There are stages of development that children move through at their own pace and in their own way.

So we value working collaboratively with parents and families, creating an environment where children, parents and families feel welcome, respected and supported, creating programs to meet all children's developmental needs.

  • Play is work, represents children's way of learning and that children learn through active exploration in a caring, relaxed and safe environment

So we allow the children time to engage in active, hands on, open-ended play-based learning experiences that are child initiated, child directed and educator supported.

  • Play allows children the perfect opportunity to develop life skills they will require to be successful later on in life.

So we give the children many opportunities to develop a broad range of skills needed throughout life and for learning.

  • Value and respect the multicultural nature of Australian society.

So we create learning environments that give each child opportunities to explore his/her cultural heritage and develop an appreciation of the multicultural nature of our society.

  • In "life-long" learning for all. 

So we create varied opportunities for children, parents, families 

and educators to continue to learn in respectful and supportive ways.

 

We endeavour to present ourselves to the children as warm, caring, positive, flexible people who greet them inpidually with a smile. We take time to sit, guide, talk and to have fun with them in a relaxed and unhurried manner.

 

The meaning of the word "kingergarten" comes from the German word meaning:

 

Kinder - child's

Garten - garden

 

With this in mind, we plan to provide a true children's garden for all the developing young children in our groups and let them flourish!

 

 

Our Program

Our planned play based programs cater for the development of each child an

d the group as a whole.

 

They allow for free play/self selected experiences by the children as well as teacher initiated /structured small and whole group learning experiences.

 

The emphasis is on informal, indirect teaching centring on play motivated by interest.

 

Our programs aim to give each child a broad and rounded kindergarten educational experience that caters for the needs of the whole child, including their development in the areas of

  • identity (emotional development)
  • community (social development)
  • well being (self care skills)
  • learning (cognitive development)
  • communication (language development)

 

The children are given many opportunities to develop early maths, science and literacy skills, along with learning life skills they can use throughout life.

 

Most importantly the children are given lots of time to explore the joys of learning and experience what it is like to be an effective learner.

 

We view the whole kindergarten as space for learning and use it to create a happy, caring and relaxed atmosphere in an environment that is attractive, stimulating, safe and fun!

 

 

The programs developed by our teaching teams are created around the practice, principles and outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and National Quality Standards.

 

Curriculum Development Policy 

The Value of Play-Based Learning 

 

Play-based learning is:
  • Child centred - building on children's strengths, interests and needs

  • Child/peer initiated - they take the lead and choose what and how they will play

  • Teacher planned/guided/ supported/scaffolded/extended

  • Flexible and associated with all areas of learning

Why is a Play-Based approach important?
  • Play is the way in which children learn
  • They learn most effectively when they are relaxed and having fun
  • Children's learning becomes meaningful when they are free to learn at their own pace and in their own way 
What are the benefits of play? 
  • Play enables children to develop all their skills.
  • Long periods of uninterrupted play develop children's concentration skills and their motivation to take responsibility for their own learningPlay helps to develop imagination and creativity, provides a context in which to practice social skills, acts as an outlet for emotional expression, and provides opportunities to understand value systems
  • Play provides opportunities to improve small and large muscle skills and maintain physical health
  • Providing for play ensures that the children have opportunities, resources and time for play appropriate to each child's stage of development
  • Play provides many opportunities to develop a positive sense of self, which is the most powerful tool for all learning
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