Philosophy

At Glenhaven Private Preschool, we see children as unique and capable individuals.  We value, respect, and appreciate this uniqueness.  The natural and constructed environments, indoors and out, that we create for the children are vehicles for learning and opportunity for teaching, promoting sustained shared thinking and collaborative learning.  Our spaces invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature.  Educators actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences, through partnerships with the children.  These include environments that invite conversations, as well as introduce novelty to provoke interest and more complex and increasingly abstract thinking.  We know that children learn best, as active collaborators, from meaningful involvement in all facets of the program, in a play based curriculum.  Because children develop at their own rate we provide enriching and realistic opportunities for children to play, explore, discover and learn.

We strive to develop positive, mutually respectful relationships with each family member, as we work in collaboration to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.  We invite and encourage parents and friends to share traditions and cultures as we celebrate with them.  We embrace, respect, acknowledge, appreciate and accept the diversity within our local community.  We strive to be a service where community and family resources are utilised effectively, enhancing the growth and development of individual families, children and Educators/Staff.

The Educators at our preschool are committed to teamwork and effective communication with all stakeholders, which is essential for positive outcomes.  Educational leadership, training and mentoring supports staff development, ensuring a high degree of engagement between children, families and the preschool.  Reflective practice allows educators to value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to motivate and engage them in learning (EYLF).

As Educators/Staff we have a responsible and sustainable approach to our local environment and community.  We embrace, respect, acknowledge and appreciate the diversity within our community.   We strive to embed sustainable practices in all our planning as well as interactions with preschool families and the broader community.  To this end we have opened our Bush Learning Centre where Educators, families, children and friends are invited to contribute ideas, share interests and ask questions (EYLF).  Our goal is for well adjusted, independent, eager to learn and school ready children.  These children will be aware of BELONGING to their community, BEING themselves, while eventually BECOMING well rounded viable participants in our community.