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Philosophy

      Lara Lake Community Preschool Philosophy

At Lara Lake Community Preschool we acknowledge that our preschool is on the traditional lands of the Wathaurong people.  We wish to pay our respects to elders both past and present.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a child safe environment which ensures their safety, health and wellbeing. Lara Lake Community Preschool are an independent community based, not for profit incorporated association. Our governance structure comprises of a Committee of Management which includes  parent volunteers, and our dedicated staff.

At Lara Lake Community Preschool, we seek to achieve a balance of child-initiated exploration and intentional teaching within our play-based programs, seizing the spontaneous opportunities for learning. We aim to encourage children to reach their full potential and enrich children’s understanding, self-achievements and cultural identities achieving a sense of ‘Being, Belonging and Becoming’. We work collaboratively to promote inclusive practices, supporting children and families whilst celebrating and respecting diversities.

 

Through play children can explore, discover and make sense of their world. They develop their physical, intellectual and emotional skills, build resilience and confidence within a social environment, develop compassion and empathy towards others and create knowledgeable skills through complex understandings, promoting adaptability and creativity.

 

Lara Lake Community Preschool value outdoor learning where children are appropriately challenged and encouraged to take risks in their play. Play assists in promoting a sense of agency and independence, develops a better understanding of nature and their worlds, and encourages children to be in control of their own learning. We value the world we live in and value teaching our children the importance of caring for our environments through sustainable practices as Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.

 

We believe and encourage the importance of nurturing established relationships within the community and its organisations. We continually use established channels of communication with the children, their families and the broader community to encourage a meaningful community spirit. Through our strong connections we plan regular walks within our local area. We are committed to embedding road safety into our programs on a regular basis. These excursions enable children to share their knowledge and understandings of the community whilst reinforcing their knowledge and skills in road safety, providing them with important lifelong skills.

 

We strongly encourage our families to engage in meaningful participation within the program as we believe learning is an on-going cycle that requires input from families so outcomes can be achieved. We believe that all children, families and staff should be treated equally with fairness, equality, respect, understanding and acceptance. We provide an anti-bias program encouraging children’s awareness of similarities between people, teaching them respect for individuals regardless of gender, religion, culture and race.

 

Family involvement and contributions are welcomed and we strongly believe that the kindergarten experience should be fun and happy for all involved.