Curriculum & Philosophy
We are here to nurture your children’s desire to learn and to help with the important work of guiding your child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development.
The children at The Chinchilla Community Kindergarten are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfil their natural curiosity about the world around them.
Chinchilla Community Kindergarten Philosophical Statement
The Learner’s Role
We believe every child has the right to learn and feel safe and valued in supportive learning environment. We see each child as unique, with different personalities, needs and interests, who discover, explore and flourish at their own pace. We believe children construct their own knowledge and understandings as they interact with others and therefore we see the learner’s role as being to engage in these vital social interactions which enhance their curiosity to learn, wonder and solve problems.
The Educator’s Role
We believe that it is the educator’s role to create a rich, stimulating and safe environment that fosters the development of the whole child; the social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive domains. We believe children learn in different ways, so it is essential to cater to the broad range of learning styles in the classroom.
We therefore see an educator’s role as developing and offering a curriculum that is child responsive, socially relevant and reflects the individuality of each class member and where opportunities to learn and access to education are available to all children. This programme will strengthen children’s attitude to learning and their feelings of self-worth, security and confidence, as well as encouraging children’s contribution and participation in learning communities.
Play presents children with unlimited opportunities to engage in meaningful real life experiences and is therefore a fundamental aspect of our early childhood programme. Children’s play will be supported and facilitated by allowing enough time, adequate room and equitable access.
The educator’s role is to provide opportunities for children to build upon and extend their playing and understanding and to further scaffold children’s thinking, using their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’. As a teacher, it is important to facilitate the processes of observing, planning, implementing and reflecting which ensures the development of learning opportunities that promote student inquiry, challenge student thinking and provide situations where children learn to justify and clarify their solutions.
We believe another vital aspect of an educator’s role consists of developing strong professional relationships with teaching colleagues so as to establish a professional team dedicated to providing a well-balanced education for every child.
The Families’ Role
We believe parents are experts on their children and can provide valuable insights about their child’s needs and interests therefore parents ideas and values are continually welcomed and embraced.
Families are strongly encouraged to be active participants in their child’s learning and play key roles in all decision making and are therefore co-constructors of the educational experience. We see a strong partnership with parents and the wider community as being imperative to providing a relevant, responsive and appropriate curriculum.
The educator will develop educational goals and objectives that derive from student observation and in consultation with other colleagues, parents and the wider community.