Philosophy

PHWMCC Mission Statement

Our vision is to create a preschool that partners with families and the community in a nurturing environment that places value on children and their learning.

 

PHWMCC PHILOSOPHY

We believe in fostering genuine, respectful partnerships with families.

We recognise that our families are our children’s first, and most influential, teachers. It is important to us that we work in partnerships with families, understanding each other’s expectations and building on the strengths of each other’s knowledge. We have seen how this improves learning outcomes for the children, and how these relationships – based on mutual trust, acceptance and respect – are of benefit to the child as a whole.

 

We believe that each child is unique and that building relationships with children is at the core of all we do.

Each child brings a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills, all of which contributes to their learning. We view children as strong, capable and resilient, each with the capacity to succeed.  The rights of children, as well as their voices, hopes and dreams, are integral to our decision-making processes. We understand that children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others, and we support their innate sense of wonder by encouraging them to be active participants in their own learning.

 

We believe there is learning potential in all aspects of the preschool day.

We provide a flexible play based learning environment that allows children extended periods of unhurried time to explore, experiment, make choices, take considered risks and open ended experiences that allow children to develop skills at their own pace. We encourage children to become curious and inquisitive learners, where they learn to collaborate, cooperate and negotiate with both their peers and educators. We believe in a collaborative curriculum that reflects: the interests of the child; includes family input; knowledge of the educators and intentional teaching moments; and reflects what is happening in the world around us.

 

We believe the learning environment has great potential to inspire children.

We believe that innovative and stimulating learning spaces encourage collaboration, communication and exploration. We place value on the natural environment and the beauty and creativity that it inspires. We provide a beautiful outdoor space with many natural elements, and believe that our indoor and outdoor spaces promote the health and wellbeing of our children and educators.

We believe that children will learn most effectively where there is a high ratio of experienced, qualified educators to engage in experiences and interactions with children.

We support our dedicated educators in their commitment to excellence and continual learning because we believe it leads to enhanced outcomes for children and families. Our educators prioritise the development of trusting and nurturing relationships, and support children in developing a strong sense of wellbeing.  Our educators understand and honour diversity within our families and in our local community, and create a culture where all children are valued, included and welcomed.

 

We are committed to critical thinking, reflective practice and a high level of professionalism.

Engaging in reflection and discussion not only guides our practice, but keeps us abreast of current practices in Early Childhood Education. Our educators are committed to building a culture of collegiality and professionalism through collaborative relationships based on trust, respect and honesty.

 

We believe in a sense of belonging to the local and wider community.

We believe that a sense of belonging is integral and our children, families, educators and Management Committee work together to achieve this. Known for our culture of excellence in early childhood education and care, our preschool enjoys a long, rich history and important position within the local community. We value and honour Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and strive to ensure that children have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the significance of these cultures and the impact they have had, and continue to have, on our world.

 

We believe in supporting children to have respect for the environment and the world around us.

We embed sustainable practices into all aspects of our preschool. We believe that sustainability goes further than simply conservation, to encompass issues of fairness and equity.  It is important to us that we think about our impact on the lives of future generations, and our shared responsibilities to the environment and humanity.