Marks Point Preschool creates a warm and secure environment where children feel safe and develop a sense of belonging. As highly qualified educators we recognise early childhood is a vital period for learning and development. We use our knowledge and experience to develop a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of children’s voices in collaboration with families. Educators adhere to the National Quality Framework and are guided by the elements of the Early Years Learning Framework, recognising children’s rights to an education. The importance of a collaborative environment is embedded where families’ beliefs, culture and contributions enrich, extend and make children’s learning more meaningful. Our curriculum is guided by the theoretical approaches of Reggio Emilia, Vygotsky, Piaget and Bronfenbrenner.
Educators carefully plan and create natural, inspiring and aesthetically pleasing environments that teach children respect for their surroundings, invite exploration and stimulate children’s curiosity and play. We believe play is central to young children’s lives and childhood is about being in the moment, sharing experiences with others and using play not only to learn but to enjoy. Therefore, educators implement our curriculum by providing learning experiences in a play-based environment that encourage social interactions, experimentations, problem-solving, investigation and discovery all of which are enhanced and extended by educator’s intentional teaching, documentation and thoughtful reflection. We also recognise the preschool years are crucial for children to make sense of their world, building social, emotional and communication skills including foundations of key literacy and numeracy concepts maximising their potential for future success. We aim to develop skills that will assist children in the school environment, wider community and create a love of learning that they will carry throughout their lives in order to become who they want to be.
We view each child as a capable learner who is an active participant in their community, their learning and decision making. We recognise the individuality and uniqueness of each child and family respecting diversity, equity, fairness and social justice. Thus ensuring all children have the opportunity to participate, explore and develop at their own pace regardless of their gender, race, religion, ethnic or social background. We seek to build a long lasting partnership with families acknowledging and celebrating diverse cultures and beliefs within the community along with valuing our local traditional landowners – the Awabakal people.
Educators are committed to continuous improvement ensuring a high quality environment is maintained that exceeds current standards along with dedication to critical reflection and professional development. We focus on building our sustainable practices to support better environmental outcomes for all. We strive to be advocates for quality education and care in the early childhood profession and aim to provide a service which meets the expectations and needs of our diverse community, inclusive of all family groups. We believe in connecting with the local community including schools to develop a partnership that will optimize the transition from preschool to school for all children and families.