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Statement of Philosophy

Vision

Empowering our community to flourish in their relationships and learning

Preschool Philosophy

Community, relationships and learning are at the core of our philosophy at Wandana; they guide us in all that we do each playing a very important role.

Community

We believe in learning from our community, we acknowledge and respect Australia’s rich Indigenous history in particular that of the Kaurna people. 

We value and honour cultural understandings. We believe we are enriched by our inclusive, diverse community.

Relationships

We encourage a sense of group identity and belonging by building nurturing and trusting relationships with each child, and supporting the development of their social skills with each other in a positive and respectful manner.

We value and recognise parents and caregivers as children’s first teachers, and aim to build on the learning each child has experienced within their family.

We have a strong family focus.  We strive to maintain solid, respectful and responsive relationships with our families, by creating an atmosphere which is welcoming and encourages interactions and partnerships.

Learning

The national Early Years Learning Framework provides the basis of our curriculum.  We allow for discovery and exploration, fostering learning through a multiple range of experiences that invite imagination, possibility and challenge.

By working in partnership with families we create a learning environment that is intentional, unique and inclusive and fosters a sense of belonging.

We empower children to develop as independent learners, by giving them choices and opportunities to explore their own ideas and imagination through open ended play experiences, both as members of a group and through individual learning.

We are advocates for the benefits of Nature Play; we gain inspiration from nature play theories believing that children’s learning occurs as much in the outdoor environment as it does indoors.

Developed November 2019