At Peter Pan Preschool we are passionately committed to providing the highest quality care and learning opportunities to all children in a fun and relaxed environment.
We believe all children are unique, capable and resourceful. We aspire for all our children to develop sense of wellbeing, sense of identity and become confident and involved learners. We believe through respectful, secure and reciprocal relationships we can assist children attain these qualities. Time spent engaging with children therefore is highly valued. We aim to have the highest staff to children ratio possible. This will ensure that children are provided with a rich and stimulating learning environment.
Family is the most important and influential aspect of a child’s life. We believe in the importance of making every family feel welcome and valued so that they feel a sense of belonging in our preschool. We have an open door policy where families are welcome at any time. Families are encouraged to collaborate with educators about their child enabling us to provide the children with learning experiences that are meaningful to them. We work in partnership with families to achieve learning outcomes and to enrich our learning environment. We provide opportunities throughout the year for families to build relationships through social events and information sessions.
Our preschool is owned and operated by the community. Our local clubs, businesses and surrounding schools are active participants in our preschool calendar. All of our community grants and fees are put back into the preschool to improve and maintain our high quality standards. Our strong connection with the community helps our children to adopt values, attitudes and ways of living that will enable them to contribute positively to their community.
All of our Educators are dedicated, passionate, professionals who give priority to nurturing relationships. We see our team as a unique puzzle. Each piece is valued and individually and together complete a dynamic picture. We believe the warmth and care between educators reflects on the children’s relationships and we value this highly. We believe in continually seeking ways to build our professional knowledge and reflecting on our practices. All educators are committed to ensuring high quality care and providing an inspiring learning environment for all children. Amongst our educators is included a qualified Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist. Their input is invaluable in ensuring the best possible outcome for every child.
We pride ourselves on taking a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Through relationships with educators, families, children and the community we gain insight into the children’s strengths and interests in order to develop a meaningful learning curriculum. This is achieved through play, as play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, gain resilience and challenge each other’s thinking.
Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. Our curriculum is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework. Fundamental to this Framework is the view that children’s lives are categorised into three main areas – BELONGING, BEING AND BECOMING
Acknowledging our First People
We believe the inclusion of indigenous perspectives, education and culture has many benefits for all our children, families and community. Our preschool as a group, have a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and working party.
Natural Play Environment
Our outdoor play environment provides children with limitless possibilities for learning with nature and forming strong relationships between people and place.
Lots of time complimented by our large and small natural play areas makes a place that stimulates creativity, imagination and thinking about sustainability and caring for the world we live in.
Having large blocks of uninterrupted play outside all year allows children to become immersed in their learning process by reflecting upon and revisiting ideas then exploring concepts at a deeper level.
Developed by the staff, management committee and families.
Updated August 2018