Boroondara translated into the Woiwurrung language means ‘Where the ground is thickly shaded’. We are very proud of our outdoor environment that does indeed benefit from the shade of our mature and grand trees. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land the Wurundjeri people as the children are nurtured to acquire their life skills in this unique environment. This land continues to be sacred and we pay our respects to the elders past and present.
Our philosophy is based on children learning through play. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.
At Boroondara Preschool children are active participants in their own learning, making choices about enjoyable and engaging experiences. Children are encouraged to be creative and to think creatively. Exploring, investigating, testing ideas, asking questions, wondering and expressing curiosity are behaviours underpinning the program.
Our teaching team supports individual children’s needs and learning in conjunction with The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. The Framework identifies five outcomes for young children: Identity, Community, Wellbeing, Learning and
Communication. We recognize that every child will achieve learning outcomes in different ways at different rates and times. We provide each child with many and varied opportunities and learning experiences designed to help them to meet these
outcomes during their time at our Preschool, through the play based approach, intentional teaching experiences and beyond when they will move into more formal education.
Our team endeavours to foster a welcoming community, not only within the preschool but into the wider community, forming connections with people and places outside the Preschool. Children learn to belong in a number of contexts as they develop their experiences in the local area.
We believe that intrinsic to this learning is the acknowledgement and involvement of each family’s culture, identity, ability and perspective. To this end we cannot underestimate the value of family. We take pride in our day to day communication and participation of parents. We value being readily available to work in collaboration with families, seeking their advice and ideas. We ensure that parents can see the direction their children are developing and curriculum decision making follows accordingly. We endeavour to support parents in their role as the primary caregiver establishing trust and a consistency between preschool and home.
We acknowledge and are committed to The Early Childhood Code of Ethics and always act in the best interests of children and work collaboratively to ensure that each child is thriving and learning in a safe and supportive environment.