GOSFORD PRE-SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
Gosford Pre-School is a well-established, innovative, high quality community pre-school, rich in education and experience for children to grow and flourish within. We are proud to have taught generations of families for over 60 years of operation. We see every child and their family as unique, valuing the experience, knowledge, and culture they bring to our pre-school community. Gosford Pre-School proudly provides an education which is meaningful and purposeful.
The children are the centre of our program. We recognise and value each child’s individual interests, strengths, needs and knowledge. Our established warm and inviting environment, promotes the positive development of each child’s social and emotional well-being. We value providing an inclusive, engaging, and respectful environment which guides children’s positive behaviour and encourages them to take responsibility for their own actions and build an awareness of others around them.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS) guide our program and practices. The aim of our program is to establish a positive attitude towards learning by providing a balance of interest based experiences, intentional teaching lessons, and school readiness activities to prepare children for the school environment ahead. Our structured routine provides familiarity and predictability for children and aims to develop the skills necessary for lifelong learning.
We believe that play and learning are intrinsically linked. Our program promotes and focuses on learning through social interactions, discoveries, hands on and meaningful experiences, risky and active play, exploring concepts, imaginative play, and intentional teaching, in an environment that has a holistic approach. We provide a positive, supportive environment rich in literacy, Key Word Signing, numeracy, culture, and STEAM experiences.
SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
Our sustainable practices are embedded throughout our daily routine. We instil a love for nature and believe in teaching children about their environmental footprint. We provide the children with the necessary tools and knowledge about sustainability to become actively involved in practices that will positively impact our environment. We promote an appreciation and respect for nature through intentional teaching and hands-on learning.
We pride ourselves on having high quality, experienced educators who are passionate about the importance of Early Childhood Education. We believe the early years are critical to creating successful learners, with educators seeing themselves as facilitators. Our educators are dedicated to ongoing learning for continuous improvement of our practices.
Educators aspire to connect with each child, supporting individuals to be engaged in their learning, and as active participants within an environment that fosters the love of learning.
Gosford Pre-School acknowledges and respects the uniqueness of each child and their family, culture, structure, language, beliefs, and customs. We believe that all children should be treated with equity and their diverse backgrounds acknowledged by celebrating the significant occasions and beliefs of both our families and the local community.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURE
We believe in educating all children about Australia’s history, and value our role in creating a positive perspective, appreciation, and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and lives. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is embedded within our program through daily practices and teachings. Our bush classroom offers a hands-on experience with nature to explore our land and allows children to connect with country.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY
We recognise, value and respect the importance of fostering relationships with families and the wider community. By building trusting and collaborative partnerships with families and community partners, we establish open communication to support children. We value providing a space where children and their families feel a sense of belonging.
Revised June 2022
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