St Mary’s Preschool Philosophy
‘Fostering a Love of Learning’
St Mary’s vision is for all children to experience play based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. Our educators will guide your child’s play experiences by carefully designing learning experiences and activities exploring the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework.
Much of a child’s learning is intangible. Learning in relation to their feelings and ideas cannot be assessed or measured. Therefore, our emphasis is not on a child reaching a specific level at a given stage, but rather assisting each child to have a sense of belonging, becoming and being which underpin the Early Years Learning Framework.
- Children should feel that they BELONG because of a relationship they have with their family, community, culture and place.
- Children start to form a sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will BECOME.
- Children need to just BE: time to play, try new things and have fun.
With this in mind, our philosophy has recently been updated (2016) after consultation with staff, parents and the committee of management.