At Gordon Street Pre-School we acknowledge the Boon Wurrung 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 embedding their culture in every area of our program. We believe in creating a connection with country and aim to live and learn sustainably.
At Gordon Street Pre-School we believe:
that children learn most effectively through a meaningful play-based program that is developmentally and age appropriate, based on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework’s Practice Principles and Learning Outcomes.
that all children who come to Gordon Street Pre-School have a right to feel safe 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.
in giving children a sense of ownership of the program; each child is naturally curious and learns through trial and error. We therefore focus on open-ended activities where the children can freely investigate, explore, take risks and challenge themselves.
in the importance of developing communication skills at a young age and understand that children express themselves creatively in many ways.
that families are the most important source of information regarding their children’s lives and that our relationship with each family is the cornerstone of our practice. We encourage families to get involved with their child’s learning journey and we work as a team to ensure the best outcomes for the child.
in respecting and appreciating each other and the environment, by encouraging children to 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.
At Gordon Street Pre-School 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. Gordon Street Pre-School is 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.