Along the meandering path of childhood, children find joy in great and small things. In childhood, children become aware of the wonder of life and the incredible marvel of being human.
In the presence of others, among gentle, smiling people, children discover lovely surprises each day. To learn self-control, to develop honesty and integrity, to grow in empathy and become a happy, caring human being, a child needs time and space to play.
Children are at the centre of their learning, discovering the pleasure of independence through encounters with people in supportive, respectful environments. Learning takes place when ideas, concepts and theories are shared with others.
To clearly see, to absolutely hear, to truly feel, children need clarity, acceptance and generosity from their teachers and parents. Children grow upward and outward through action and joy towards friendship, happiness and the discovery of the unknown.
At Albert Park Preschool we believe:
Young children learn best through play, that play is life and that life is learning.
Children learn when they are free to explore, to make choices, to develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.
Children are motivated to learn when they and their families are accepted and respected.
Children learn best when they feel valued socially, emotionally and intellectually.
Children develop positive dispositions towards learning through supportive interactions with adults and peers.
Creativity emerges when children are given the time and space to freely explore the world around them in an atmosphere of mutual trust.
Children benefit from a connection to Nature and can help lay the foundations for a happy, healthy, sustainable future for our community.
Our view of the child
We view the child as a competent individual seeking understanding of the world and their place in it.
We see children as individuals capable of devising creative ways of knowing, understanding and making connections and meaning.
We see each child as a unique identity dependent on relationships and a sense of belonging to others.
Our hope for the future
We hope for an Australian future of compassionate and educated citizens who have equal opportunities to
contribute to and engage happily with all facets of life.
We hope to develop in our young children a strong sense of identity and a sense of belonging to a diverse community.
We hope that children develop strong dispositions for learning throughout their lives and that they will be happily engaged, socially functional, optimistic, curious and resilient into adulthood.