Bimbadeen Pre-school is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. This is reflected within our service’s Child Safe Mission Statement. We believe that all children come to our service as part of a family. We believe in the importance of good quality, respectful relationships between staff, children and families. We believe this forms the cornerstone of a good quality educational program and experience for all the children. We understand that family involvement and participation is a strong indicator of success in the pre-school years.
We are a family centred practice. We are a welcoming community where the family is acknowledged as the first educator of the child. We encourage trust and respect with a recognition of the diversity of family set-ups in our community. We are committed to open communication with families and receiving constructive feedback regarding each child’s progress and goals. We welcome program suggestions, sharing of talents and other dimensions that families bring to our service.
We have high expectations for all children. We believe that children are individuals who learn and develop skills through exploration within a play based curriculum. They are provided with open-ended experiences so that they are empowered with feelings of success and achievement, providing an intrinsic motivation to learn. We recognise that children learn best through play that is based on their interests so that it has meaning for them; however we also strive to enhance and extend the skills of all children through intentional teaching methods.
We also have a strong focus on respecting our environment and learning spaces. We link this in with our local community and the world around us, focusing on sustainable beliefs and practices.
Through looking at the kinder and wider community we implement a program that supports the principles and practices of the Early Years Framework for Australia as well as the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
This encompasses the five learning outcomes for all children.
- Children have a strong sense of identity (IDENTITY)
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world (COMMUNITY)
- Children have a strong sense of well being (WELL-BEING)
- Children are confident and involved learners (LEARNING)
- Children are effective communicators (COMMUNICATION)
We encourage each child to reach their potential in relation to individual abilities, learning styles and interests.
Our philosophy forms the basis of the service we provide and we refer to it as the link between where we are coming from and where we are heading.