THE SPOT PRESCHOOL – PHILOSOPHY

Our Philosophy

At The Spot Preschool, our goal is to encourage children to build a passion for learning,

We see your child as a unique and capable individual, who comes to our preschool with their own interests, talents, skills and ideas.

It is our pleasure to watch your child blossom into happy, thoughtful and skilled individuals.

Diversity

  • We appreciate the individuality of all children, including children with diverse needs.
  • Each child’s uniqueness and ethnic and cultural background is respected.
  • Parents are welcome at the centre at any time and they are encouraged to share aspects of their culture with the children such as craft, cooking and musical experiences.

Family Values

  • The centre acknowledges that forming a partnership with each child’s family is central to providing effective care. We are committed to fostering and enhancing open and extensive communication, which is respectful of and sensitive to cultural and other differences.
  • We make it a priority to endeavour to make families feel welcome and valued. We also encourage families to be active in the life of the centre – welcoming parents to become involved in the centre’s planning, programs and operations
  • The centre organises informal gatherings throughout the year to allow parents and family members to meet each other and make new friends, as well as get to know the centre staff.

Our aims, objectives and beliefs are:

To appreciate and foster the individuality of all children, including children with diverse needs.

To value each child’s uniqueness and respect his/her ethnic and cultural background and individual needs.

To foster their development through an ecological approach, by providing a program that values the children, families and communities needs.

To foster in each child the right to develop a strong sense of trust, self esteem and self respect.

To know each child on a personal basis and provide experiences to build development.

To encourage children to show respect, empathy and understanding towards others.

To provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of themselves, others and the world around them.

To involve the centre in the community by taking an interest in other groups and inviting them to share in our program.

To guide and encourage children towards positive and responsible behaviour.

To develop in children a sense of identity, self worth and value in their own achievements.

To encourage parents to participate in the centre program and share aspects of their lifestyle.

Our program policy reflects the values, knowledge and skills of children, families and staff/carers of the centre as being all equally important to the development of the whole child.

The children’s individual behaviour, level of skills, their wellbeing and wellness are the basis on which we build and foster individual programs by:

Establishing a profile for each child attending.

Keep up to date records, jottings, checklists, daily diaries, developmental summaries, photographs, to record each child’s experiences and plan new ones.

Using running records, jottings, checklists, daily diaries, developmental summaries, photographs, to record each child’s experiences and plan new ones.

Evaluating the program weekly by reflecting on the child’s past experiences and parents’ input (see the section on the displayed program).

Providing up to date information about the children for parents wishing to learn about their child’s developmental stages.

Encouraging children’s creativity and self expression through indoor and outdoor activities, music and movement, language and story groups, dramatic play, arts and crafts.

Fostering the children’s development through an ecological approach, in providing experiences and activities that value their needs as well as their families’ and the community’s.

Exposing the children to the outdoor environment and creating experiences that will enhance their appreciation and respect of nature.

Referring and incorporating to the centre’s philosophy and goals.

Self-reflecting on personal practices, theories and beliefs and their effectiveness or ineffectiveness and welcome change if necessary.

Revaluating daily practices in light of new research findings.

Attending professional development workshops, seminars or accessing the web to improve skills and knowledge.

The centre acknowledges that forming a partnership with each child’s family is central to providing effective care and is committed to foster and enhance open and extensive communication which is respectful of and sensitive to cultural and other differences.

Staff will be consistent in making families feel welcome and valued and this will also encourage families to be more active in the life of the centre whenever possible.

The centre and staff encourage families to become involved in the centre’s planning, programs and operations and they accept that families will participate in different ways.

Parents are welcome at the centre at any time and they are encouraged to share aspects of their culture with the children such as craft, cooking and musical experiences.

The centre will provide informal gatherings during the year to allow parents and family members to join in and meet each other, make new friends and get to know the centre staff.

Staff will also discuss important issues with families daily and at formal events.

At The Spot Preschool we believe in the uniqueness of each child, and as early childhood educators we will ensure that the learning and caring environment supports the acceptance of their similarities, differences, strengths, values and beliefs.

We are committed in promoting an educational curriculum that fosters and enhances quality interactions amongst children, families and carers built on mutual trust and respect and we will seek and value their participation and contributions.

We value the child as protagonist of his/her own learning experiences and we believe in fostering the individual development of each child by providing a well-planned and interesting environment which will encourage them to develop their own ideas and create newly found interests.

We support play as a social act in developing positive relationships for the child with adults and with peers, and we value it as an apprenticeship of formal learning. In our role of childhood educators we will use play to teach children to express themselves, work in a group, as well as to develop their imagination and creativity.

We firmly believe in the importance of critical self-reflection as an ongoing process of assessing and eveluating my daily practices to identify areas of strength and weakness and we value and support research to strengthen and expand our knowledge and skills in the field of early childhood.