At St Maroun’s Preschool, we aim to promote a program which is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework that is child-focused and holistic, in an environment, which ensures that the children feel safe, secure and which supports the individual needs of the children and their families. We place emphasis on the process, rather than on the product. We encourage children to become independent, and allow them to direct their own learning. Through this we are able to connect children with our centre through belonging, being and becoming. We provide this by setting learning centres, to which we add and subtract provisions, depending on the children’s interests, strengths and emerging skills.
As Early Childhood Educators, we aim to provide an anti-bias curriculum, which is play based, stimulating, challenging and developmentally appropriate, and which contributes to the development of each child in all areas and enhances optimal learning. Through play, the children are given the opportunity to enhance their thinking, imagination and creativity.
The children connect and contribute to their world as they experience sustainable practices. These are promoted within the centre as we have continuous discussion in relation to keeping the environment clean through recycling, the use of recyclable materials, caring for our garden and environment. Our children grow to appreciate both the natural and constructed environment as it is practiced throughout our daily routine.
We emphasise a multicultural community which supports us to be sensitive to the different cultural backgrounds of the children in our care, and therefore, we integrate cross-cultural education and activities into the program. In relation to the community around us, we value cooperation and involvement among any agencies and professionals working in the best interest of young children and families.
We value and encourage parental involvement into the program, and we believe that this is important if the program is to be effective. Parental input is integrated within the centre in many ways in order to work towards achieving a common goal for our children. This allows the children to develop in confidence as they experience a respectful relationship between their parents and caregivers.