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Welcome to Brandon Park Kindergarten
Statement of Values
In relation to our Curriculum and Pedagogy…
We believe children are motivated to learn when they are interested in the subject matter. Each child’s current knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of our flexible and reflective program as we seek to enhance each child’s sense of identity, community, wellbeing, learning and communication.
We believe play, participation and the development of positive relationships with peers and educators in a warm, encouraging and nurturing environment supports each child to grow and thrive.
We believe children develop in different ways, at different rates and require different types of support in their play and learning. The educational team implement intentional teaching strategies designed to respect and foster each child’s unique learning style.
We believe that children are intelligent and capable and will progress and achieve their potential within a rich, meaningful, social, natural and sustainable environment. We believe that through a play-based curriculum, children learn to think, explore, collaborate, problem solve, contribute and work with others to discover, create, invent, pretend, imagine, investigate, listen, express ideas, seek, appreciate and experience a sense of belonging.
We believe learning is a shared journey and through reflection, collaboration and community partnerships the educational team continues to adopt contemporary approaches to teaching in order to enhance each child’s learning experience.
In Relation to Children…
Children have the right to meet with other children and young people and to join groups and organisations (Article 15 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
At Brandon Park Kindergarten we aim to support and foster each child’s need to belong and develop important social connections with others.
“I can see my friends” – by Liam
Children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities (Article 31 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
We value and aim to build each child’s sense of being as they live and learn through a play-based curriculum in a fun, stimulating and challenging environment.
“I like it – because I can play” – by Oliver
Children have the right to an education (Article 28 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
At Brandon Park Kindergarten we seek to foster a life-long appreciation and enthusiasm for learning where each child has the opportunity of becoming a capable learner and an involved citizen of the community.
“I want to come every day and do everything” – by Tyler
In relation to Families and the Community…
We believe families are the primary influence on children’s development and the building of trusting and respectful relationships between families and educators is essential for children’s success as learners
“Providing a safe, nurturing, interesting environment where children can play and develop skills to become the best they can be” – (an enrolled family)
“The idea that my child is supported and encouraged to become a risk taker, thinker, listener and communicator; to be open-minded, knowledgeable, caring and reflective” – (an enrolled family).
We believe in open communication and honesty with families and we seek to listen, support, help, guide and collaborate with families.
“The outdoor space brought me here, the educators kept me here”– (an enrolled family)
We acknowledge and respect the varied and diverse cultures within our community and see them as an important resource and learning tool for the children, families and educational team.
We encourage children and families to maintain their home languages and support them in developing their English language skills.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional owners of the land and support children to develop a sense of place, identity and connection to the land.
“The children learn different cultures and learn to respect and appreciate others” – (an enrolled family)