The basic premise and philosophy of early childhood education is founded on the knowledge that:
- Each child has the right to play and interact in a safe and welcoming early childhood environment.
- Each child develops at a different rate.
- Children learn through play and that play should be fun!
All children have a natural desire to learn. All they need is opportunities to do so, and the skills necessary to benefit from the opportunity.
The teacher, who has a minimum of 3 years training in early childhood development and education, will individually observe and make records on a child’s behavior and development.
From these records the basis of the program and activities provided by the Preschool will be formed. Much of these activities will be relaxed and unstructured so the child has the chance move around through activities at their own pace. Each child is at a different stage of development and maybe highly skilled in one area and yet need help in another. As most children learn from their total environment learning occurs through our senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste, many of the activities will be sensory to improve and refine these skills.
The program will also be based around our environment, the community and popular festivals. It will incorporate learning skills which will help in the future with maths, reading, music, sport, science, dramatic play, creative arts and people skills.