At Gordon Street Pre-School, we believe that children learn most effectively through a meaningful play-based program that is developmentally and age appropriate. We respect each child’s unique learning style and provide both free and structured play to enable each child to develop their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and communication skills. Our environment is friendly, safe, secure and respectful; inspiring a community of learners both socially and independently. Whilst we believe structure and routine are highly beneficial for children, programming should be flexible to accommodate individual needs.
All children who come to Gordon Street Pre-School have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and we have a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe and have fun. We are committed to the principles of cultural safety and inclusion of Aboriginal children, children belonging to a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, and children with disability, and we recognise that these principles support the safety of all children.
Our staff and parent committee work closely together to maintain and continually improve our environment, facilities and services.
At Gordon Street:
We believe in encouraging children to assist us in our planning; giving them a sense of ownership. Each child is naturally curious and learns through trial and error. We focus on open-ended activities where the children can freely investigate, explore, take risks and challenge themselves. This promotes their imagination and problem solving skills based on their own interests and ideas. Children are observed and offered assistance to reach their next level of development.
We believe in the importance of developing communication skills at a young age and understand that children express themselves creatively in many ways. We provide enjoyable communication experiences that can be expressed through art, role-play, music, dance, reading and writing.
We believe our families are the most important source of information regarding their children’s lives. We invite families to participate by sharing their needs and abilities and value their support and involvement. By fostering positive relationships with families, staff and children, we create an environment where children feel safe and secure with a strong sense of belonging. These connections also ensure that the learning experiences offered through our program are meaningful, relevant to the child’s interests and culturally respectful.
The children learn to respect and appreciate each other and the environment. In order for children to truly respect nature and understand the importance of sustainability, we encourage them to explore their outdoor environments and discuss the interrelationship of the land and its animals and people. Our vast outdoor play spaces enable children to be active in their play and to care for their local natural environment.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land. We respect and celebrate our Indigenous heritage. We lay the foundations for a meaningful understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture by reading, discussing, listening, viewing, painting and singing.
We celebrate diversity. We are committed to the inclusion of all children in all ways of learning, embracing their strengths, abilities, culture, gender and family structure. We feel proud to play an important part in each child’s life.