At Australia Street Infants School Preschool we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal clan of the Eora Nation.
Relationships are central to everything we do and create a sense of belonging that is inclusive for all. We value relationships between educators, children, families and community, that are based on mutual respect and understanding.
We view each child as a capable learner, confident to direct their own learning. We understand children must be loved, nurtured and challenged in a way that builds a strong self-image and engenders positive self-esteem. By creating a curriculum that focuses on exploration, discovery and exciting ‘adventures' children are inspired to learn as they learn best.
We believe that play is essential in the lives of young children. Our environment is flexible, stimulating, inviting and purposefully arranged to capture children's interests, ideas and to cater for individual needs. We believe in learning based on collaboration and that education is a shared journey of self- discovery and change.
In providing a stimulating and responsive environment where positive reinforcement and encouragement make learning possible we are creating a foundation that will ensure that our children are prepared to thrive as confident, intelligent and socially aware members of the community. In building these ideals we are building a community that enables children to develop a readiness for transition to school and ultimately a readiness for a lifelong learning journey.
Our programs are guided by the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework. As educators our role is that of facilitator, encouraging, promoting and reinforcing a child's attempts, questions, skill development and discoveries. We believe that each child's learning is enhanced through teacher quality. Therefore, we maintain a commitment towards ongoing professional learning and continuous improvement. We work collaboratively as a team to challenge, question and evaluate our practice so that each child has the best opportunity to access the educational program and reach their full potential.