Our children are valued, respected and their voices are heard. We support meaningful learning with stimulating environments that encourage children to learn through their play. An active, hands on approach to learning is supported as Educator’s engage with children, scaffolding their learning and helping them extend their knowledge and skills in all developmental areas.
Through regular observations our Educator’s plan and implement a child centred program documented on ‘Our Learning Web’. The web progresses as our curriculum continues to develop, extend and emerge from the child. Our observations guide our program and assess the ongoing learning and development of children in order to monitor and guide how we can best support each child’s social and emotional development, communication skills, physical, cognitive and spiritual development.
Our Educator’s believe that children benefit most when given the opportunity to experiment, discover, dream, imagine and express their original ideas in a free and open environment. We run an indoor/outdoor program where the children are free to choose whether they want to be inside or outside. This creates a calm, peaceful environment as children make their own choices and are actively engaged in their play. Fine motor activities such as drawing, writing, counting, fine motor construction and reading are always offered in our outdoor play space.
Progressive morning tea allows children to choose when they eat morning tea – this means that children who have had a late breakfast may choose to play and eat a little later. At lunch time we do all sit down together as a learning family and talk about our day, our healthy lunches, the celebrations important to our culture and our families.
We are always reflecting on improving our program, our surroundings and our relationships with children and families. We are inclusive. We welcome all families, from all cultures and religions.
School Readiness is embedded into every part of our preschool. Our program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). As Educator’s we observe and guide meaningful learning through play, provide time and opportunities for children to process information and to practice newly acquired skills. We focus on the personal & social skills, physical skills, communication skills as well as the pre literacy and numeracy skills required for success at primary school. All of this is done through play. We aim to support and extend children’s literacy and numeracy learning through providing multiple opportunities for children to engage in literacy throughout the day.
We encourage the children to see themselves as successful learners and empower them through positive guidance techniques to accept responsibility for their own actions.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
– John Dewey
Why did you go into childcare?
I studied Early Childhood Education because I believe that the quality of early relationships, experiences and the environment strongly influence children as they grow. I wanted to provide positive early experiences to help lay a solid foundation for their future lives. My own Mother was always positive and gave me so much confidence, that I wanted to share this with children. To educate, to inspire and to ensure that children believe in themselves – that they can be and do anything, that they are perfect just the way they are.
I love seeing the developmental changes in our children and helping those who need a little more help to reach their own milestones. Every achievement is a celebration. Arriving at work and having multiple children shout your name and run to give you a hug is the most wonderful part of my day.
What do you love about Brighton Le Sands Preschool?
The variety of backgrounds, experiences and values that each family and child bring to our Preschool. Families and visitors always tell us our Preschool is homely and warm – and that’s because of our team. Our team are experienced, dedicated and passionate. We are always researching how we can improve, what we can change to make ourselves better. We support one another every day and have a good laugh every day too. Our preschool is such a happy environment and our children and families feel this.
Our Church began St Mark’s Preschool Kindergarten (now known as Integricare Brighton Le Sands) more than 40 years ago, to provide quality child-care to our community. The preschool is connected with St Mark’s (Brighton-Le-Sands) and St John’s (Rockdale) Anglican Church. Every week, our Christian Co-ordinator Lee, Myself or a Church Representative visit the preschool to lead a lesson with the children – read a children’s book on a Biblical theme, sing a Christian song and pray together. We call this time BLAST – Bible Learning at St Mark’s.
If your family is not Christian, please be assured that we are not trying to force your children to become Christians, but simply introducing them to the Christian message. You’ll also see me sometimes when you’re dropping off your child in the morning. I’ll be there to provide support to the teachers and to get to know you and your children.
Staff are very caring and nurturing. I feel confident leaving my child with staff even when he is upset with separation anxiety.
North Strathfield Integricare have the most beautiful, cared for, treasured by teachers, children and Families garden. The outdoor is a pleasure to be in and my toddler finds it fascinating and inviting. Natural play materials are inviting and challenging. Such a great space to learn and develop in.
The learning is organic and spontaneous which I love.
The staff are attentive and aware of each child's personality, interests and needs.