Irrawang Public School

Safety, Responsibility, Learning, Respect

Telephone02 4987 2403

Emailirrawang-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Our Philosophy

 

Curriculum

We believe:

  • Children need opportunities to consolidate skills and work towards the outcomes expressed in the EYLF.
  • Children’s interests and ideas provide educators with the opportunity to develop enriching and engaging learning experiences.
  • Children learn through play.

Therefore we:

  • Provide an enriching, play-based, child centred curriculum based on the National Curriculum Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Provide large blocks of uninterrupted time to play

Environment

We believe:

  • The environment should be aesthetically appealing and welcoming to children, families, and staff.
  • Children should feel a sense of belonging and ownership in the Preschool environment
  • Natural and material resources should be used interchangeably in both our indoor and outdoor environments.
  • That Preschool should be a stimulating environment that encourages children to explore, solve problems, create and construct.

Therefore we:

  • Provide aesthetically pleasing; well-maintained play areas with thoughtful use of furnishings and displays.
  • Make large changes to the environment infrequently and in consultation with children
  • Enable children to utilise a variety of natural and material resources during both inside and outside play.
  • Embed, teach and model sustainable practices.

Staff

We believe:

  • Each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the service such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning.
  • In working together to maintain and improve the standard of our service.

Therefore we:

  • Provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making in regards to all aspects of our service.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings to reflect on our service and ourselves as educators.
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Children

We believe:

  • Each child is a unique individual who is capable, resourceful, responsive and an active contributor to their own learning.
  • Children should be valued within the context of their family and community.
  • Children have the right to get messy, take risks, feel the grass between their toes - the right to be a child.
  • Children are developing the skills to manage their own emotions and behaviour.

Therefore we:

  • Integrate children’s suggestions into the daily program and enable them to set up the learning experience where possible.
  • Create authentic relationships with children and identify each child as an individual.
  • Provide children with the opportunity to live in the now and confidently learn and explore their world.
  • Provide calm support for children during times of emotional distress.

Families and the community

We believe:

  • Parents are the initial educator in their child’s life.
  • The education of a child is the collaborative responsibility of parents, educators and the community.
  • Cultural diversity within our community should be celebrated.
  • We are a valuable part of the Irrawang Public School community.

Therefore we:

  • Create and maintain meaningful relationships with families
  • Have built an authentic link with Irrawang Public School and Thou Walla (Schools as Community Centre).
  • Endeavour to utilise the knowledge of families and the community to celebrate the various cultures within our community.

 

This philosophy was written collaboratively by:

Megan Lysaght (Teacher), Alex Hay (SLSO), Candice O’Loughlin (CEO) and Dhurumirri/Dhhukan Children. Philosophy to be reviewed January 2020

 

QIP Statement was written by Hylie McEvoy (Teacher) based on the Irrawang Public School Values (Safe, Responsible, Learners who show Respect) and the Belonging, Being and Becoming Framework along with The Preschool Behaviour Policy which focuses on Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) Revised January 2019