Aims & Philosophies
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". - Nelson Mandela
Provide stimulating Play based experiences for children aged 2-4 years based on the routines and philosophy of the 3 year old kindy program. “Learning Through Play”.
To support strong communities, families and children
Value children’s individual learning outcomes
Embrace their passions
Support creative expression
Develop confident self-identities and sense of belonging
Respect and embrace families and diversity in culture
We believe that the “Rights of the Child” (UN Convention) are what drives the program and affects all decisions and policies made and that the best interests of the child are our first priority.
We act as a team in partnership with our families and the local community and value the contributions made by them to our service.
We support the inclusion of children with additional needs of all types, be it cultural, developmental, health, language or any other additional need by finding and accessing the appropriate resources and equipment where needed.
We respect and acknowledge that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history is important and valued and is integrated into our program and practices.
We promote mutual respect, equity and fairness in our daily practices with all interested parties on a continuing basis.
We reflect upon our practices and challenge our beliefs so that we can learn and seek new understandings of the children in our program, our existing cultures, families and community and continue to grow to become better Educators and thereby always offer Best Practice.
We believe that we offer a unique program that is specifically designed to help children develop the confidence and skills they need in order to transition smoothly and successfully to their first year at school.
We integrate the Framework "Belonging, Being & Becoming" and incorporate on a continuing basis the practices of:
Responsiveness to children
Learning Through Play
Appropriate Learning Environments
Continuity of learning and transitions
Cycle of Curriculum
At Woodlupine Family Centre 3 Year Old Kindy our educational program is based on “Learning Through Play” and guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.
Through play when children are encouraged to explore, experiment, discover, create, question and discuss they therefore build on their own knowledge and experiences.
As Educators we hold high expectations for children’s learning and believe them to be successful, competent and capable learners who can progress through play to their own learning outcomes
Placing children in a safe, social, play based environment allows them to move from the known to the unknown with less anxiety
Allowing children to mix, socialize and play with children of their own age aids their social development
Children learn in a variety of ways, through active involvement, observation and exploration
We need to nurture children’s natural curiosity by providing opportunities for them to experiment, to discover and solve problems, to find out about themselves, other people and the world around them in a play based, open approach that promotes their sense of agency.
We can nurture a child’s sense of wonder and sense of fun, that play is essential to young children’s learning. Give children time to grow, to reflect and to experience success so that they are able to face future challenges, build on their strengths and accept their individual limitations without fear of failure and loss of self-esteem.
Children are active contributors to the program and are encouraged to make decisions about the experiences and resources they would like to access through discussion and observation informally and in groups.
Children have a strong sense of agency and should be supported to make their own choices so that our program fits the child.
Playgroup offers a unique opportunity for a young child and his/her parent, to share quality time together, play and socialise.
From birth, children’s relationships with key people, especially parents, are the most important factors in their development. Companionable learning is an interactive process: two learners with a shared pre-occupation, companionably engaged. It’s through these relationships that children learn how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions, and develop social skills.
When a parent and child attend playgroup together, the child feels safe and secure and gains confidence to explore the world, knowing that their loved one is there for them as a safe and reassuring base. They develop and practice social and emotional skills that will stand them in good stead for the years ahead.
Through attending playgroup, experiencing early learning activities and playing with others, children are better prepared for the transition to more formal education settings such as early learning and child care, kindergarten and school.
Parents and caregivers to establish social and support networks to encourage and assist them in their valuable parenting role.