At Alstonville Community Preschool we believe that a quality preschool education is an integral stepping stone in life’s journey. We recognise the importance of this time in children’s lives and the responsibilities we have to support, nurture and facilitate their growth and development.

We acknowledge the importance of partnerships with families and our local community, and aim to work collaboratively to build a positive learning environment for young children which supports appreciation of diversity, spirituality, culture and environment and sustainability concepts.

The educators and management committee work together in the interests of children and families to implement best practice based upon knowledge and understanding of The National Quality Framework, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics and current research.

The way we view children as unique individuals who are competent and capable learners, determines how we plan and implement the educational program.

We acknowledge that children actively contribute to their own learning and consistently incorporate their ideas and knowledge into our daily program.

Our program is play based in a natural learning environment, and encompasses all of the interactions, experiences, routines and events, both planned and unplanned, that occur each day. Within the context of that play there are many opportunities to experiment, explore and discover by extending upon current knowledge and skills in collaboration with others. Our learning environment encourages children to make choices, think independently, take risks, be challenged, explore ideas, ask questions and develop a strong love of learning.

We believe in the importance of emotional intelligence to a child’s development, to enable them to feel empowered to stand up for not only their rights, but also the rights of others. We believe that equipping children within these skills helps them to build respectful relationships with others as well feeling confident, capable, and in control to make positive life choices now and in the future.

We pay particular attention to the five learning outcomes, suggested by the EYLF.

These are that children are developing:

  1. a strong sense of identity
  2. connections and contributing to their world
  3. a strong sense of wellbeing
  4. skills and dispositions to become confident and involved learners
  5. skills to enable them to become effective communicators

Educators have a vital role in contributing to each child’s individual progress towards achievement of these learning outcomes over time, and towards becoming valued and active citizens within their community.

In genuine partnerships, families, community and early childhood educators:

  • Value each other’s knowledge
  • Value each other’s contributions to and roles in each child’s life
  • Trust each other
  • Communicate freely and respectfully with each other
  • Share insights and perspectives about each child, and
  • Engage in shared decision making