We strive to provide a safe, nurturing and educational learning environment for pre-school going children. The pedagogy and curriculum are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and the associated operational standards and benchmarks, in accordance to the National Quality Framework (NQF).
We hold a strong belief that children thrive and learn best in a positive and nurturing environment, and a play-based approach to learning is the most valuable and successful for children. Recognising that children learn best as they make sense of their worlds through social interactions and exploration of their environments, our educators aim to focus on developing the children's fostering, confidence, independence and skills for life.
We believe that children are worthy individuals, and we value and respect the decisions and contributions that children make towards the curriculum. Our educators assume the responsibility to embed routine sustainable practices in the deliverables, and support children to become aware of their connections to the environment.
In addition, our educators make it a priority to build, develop and maintain respectful and trusting relationships with children, families, peers and the community. By so doing, we believe we will be able to provide each child with his or her care space, and therefore allowing each child to have the opportunity to develop and achieve his or her potential.
At Pelican, we respect the diversity of families and culture within our community, and we demonstrate that by embracing the varying practices, beliefs and traditions of different cultures, including Indigenous Australians.
With an aim to seek continual improvement in everything we do, we hope to obtain regular feedback and inputs from families. We believe that such collaborative relationship will further enhance the learning of the children, as families honour their roles as their child's first and primary educators.
The statement of philosophy is used to guide all aspects of our operations.
Educators will use their professional knowledge, skills and judgement to guide the curriculum. This includes:
- Knowledge of child development and developmental theories.
- Building partnerships, gathering knowledge about individual children, their families and the wider community.
- Reflecting on individual strengths and past experiences in an ongoing cycle of planning, improvement and performance.
To ensure relevance and adequacy of our philosophy statement, regular reviews of the philosophy will be conducted, against new research, approved learning frameworks, and families' views and expectations.