Heatherdale Preschool Philosophy Statement

"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." - Benjamin Franklin

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and pay our respect to the elders who have raised children, taught them about the world around them and bestowed on them the gift of culture and language.

We believe that the preschool years are unique. This is where foundations are laid for children to develop skills and knowledge that support them being capable, confident, inquisitive and involved learners.

We acknowledge that all children bring individual strengths interests and personalities and that all children learn at different rates. To support this, we respect and see that children’s learning is unhurried, so that acquiring knowledge becomes a process of discovery and a way of building understanding.

We believe in following a negotiated curriculum and our program is greatly influenced by inquiry-based learning, art as a language as well as nature-based programs.

We seek to strengthen critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and informed risk taking. We promote strong communication and problem-solving skills, together with social and cultural learning and awareness. We respect and honour each families structure, background, culture and beliefs.

We believe in strong, enriched partnerships between families, preschool and the community. These partnerships enhance the day to day program through the sharing of knowledge, culture, skills and time to be together.

Every opportunity is taken to develop an appreciation and respect for nature. Sustainability is an integral part of our program. Our aim is that this becomes second nature to our children.

As a teaching team we are reflective, regularly reviewing our practice and our environments to provide successful and rewarding learning outcomes for children. We all share a passion for inspiring young minds through dedication to excellence in teaching. We believe life is a learning journey for all and are committed to our own ongoing professional development and professional dialogue.