Boroondara translated into the Woiwurrung language means ‘Where the ground is thickly shaded’. We are very proud of our playground 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 positive play. 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.
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 and beyond when they will move into more formal education.
Play based learning is described as ‘a context for learning through which children organize and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations.’ 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 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 Pre school. Children learn to belong in a number of contexts as they develop their experiences in the local area.
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 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 see the whole family as an asset in making a child’s education worthwhile. What is valued by families is what children will assimilate and set them on a path for a successful life.