Great Start Kindergarten's philosophy is to create a warm and caring environment which is supportive of all children and families. We believe that children learn best through play and that early childhood is a time of rich play-based learning.
At Great Start Kindergarten we offer a social learning environment and provide a mixture of child-initiated activities, supported play and learning, and intentional teaching. When planning activities for the children we believe that their needs, interests and enjoyment are just as important as the educational objectives. We offer a fun, but purposeful, kindergarten program, which is planned with consideration to the developmental stages and backgrounds of each child.
We recognise that each child has their own preferred learning style and because of this we offer open-ended activities with a variety of tactile, visual and auditory experiences for the children to explore. Our play-based learning environment encourages children to discover, solve problems, communicate, think and create. We recognise children’s individual strengths, interests and skills, and offer a program that encourages children to be curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning.
At Great Start Kindergarten we encourage children to strengthen their connections with nature. We offer an educational program which allows many opportunities for children to engage with natural resources and the outdoor environment where they can experience seasonal changes, engage in physical play and explore our garden.
We promote sustainable practices and encourage children to tend to our vegetable patch, interact with and care for our kinder pets, sort rubbish into landfill, worm food and recycling bins, look after our worm farm and reuse materials wherever possible. We also promote active and healthy lifestyles, supported through various policies such as our Sun Protection Policy, Nutrition and Active Play Policy, Road Safety and Safe Transport Policy, and our Water Safety Policy.
Within the Pre-school environment every child is recognised as a unique individual with his or her own needs, abilities and interests. Our families are valued and always welcome in our centre. We strive to promote and develop positive relationships with families and the local community. We respect and encourage diversity, inclusion and equity and recognise and embrace the multi-cultural society we live in. Above all we believe that all children are competent and capable learners and this is reflected across all aspects of our program.