WHO WE ARE

 

 

 

 

The Owl and the Pussycat Preschool aims to promote respect for children and families. We understand the importance of their early childhood years. We value the importance of play as children learn, develop and grow through play. With this knowledge, we have created a child-centred program that aims to provide a wide variety of fun, challenging and exciting experiences that are developmentally appropriate and designed to cater for different ages, levels and needs.We cater for children aged 0 - 5 years. Our SweetPea Nursery will take children from 6 weeks of age. Children ages 2 - 3 join our Pussycat groups and children ages 4 - 5 join the Owl groups.

 

Our Approach

 

As early childhood educators believe children who are respected in their intellectual, social, physical, emotional and self-management development grow up having a positive self-image. Therefore, they engage young mobile children in a variety of individual, collaborative and cooperative play and learn activities. Our discovery-based framework to learning encourages children to be curious; to make and to test out predictions about their world in a safe environment.

 

About play, we believe:

 

1.  children investigate their world through inquisitiveness and discovery

2.  children develop a positive self-image; there are no right or wrongs, just lots of ways to make intricate links about the world!

3.  children develop intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally as well as acquire self-management skills.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Children

 

We Believe...

  • Children are capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning

  • Children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their family and their community.

  • Children can develop confidence and positive self-esteem through a supportive and secure environment

  • Children need to feel safe and secure

Therefore we...

  • Implement a child-centered program based upon the principles outlined in the NSW curriculum framework and the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – 'Belonging, Being & Becoming'

  • Strive to empower children, by using their thoughts and ideas to develop the program

  • Promote each child's confidence and positive self image through a range of provisions, experiences and opportunities that build upon their understandings, skills, values and sensitivities and promote success

  • Implement an inclusive approach to positively support children's growth of identity, self-esteem and critical thinking

  • Encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability

 

Families

 

We Believe...

  • Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff

  • Families, children and staff form a caring community

  • Family involvement is integral to a high quality program

Therefore we...

  • Are committed to open and constructive communication with families which includes discussions, child portfolios, daily diary and newsletters

  • Strive to have empathy and be responsive to family needs, and provide support when required

  • Encourage families to engage in meaningful participation within the program

 

Program

 

We Believe...

  • Children learn through collaboration and communication with other children and adults and through interacting with the environment

  • Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics; science and social and emotional development and work towards learning outcomes as expressed in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – 'Belonging, Being & Becoming'

  • A rich, stimulating and nurturing environment has the potential to stimulate imagination, promote creativity and enhance aesthetic development

  • Diversity within our centre, families, staff and wider community should be respected and celebrated and that we can play a role in fostering and developing a social conscience among children with a view to addressing social inequities

Therefore we...

  • Implement a flexible program that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment and that provides for different learning styles

  • Make observations of children and document their work to form the basis of the program

  • Use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children's ability to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choices and problem solve.

  • Provide attractive, well maintained play areas, with the thoughtful use of furnishings and displays

  • Introduce children to a wide range of social and cultural experiences, family types and different ways of doing things so they will learn to value diversity, learn to accept challenges they may face and become fully realised members of society

 

Staff

 

We Believe... we believe:

  • In employing staff who are committed to working for the best interests of children and families

  • That each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the centre environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning

  • In the importance of creating an environment where personal and professional contributions, values and beliefs are valued, communication is open and confidentiality is maintained

Therefore we...

  • Provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making and to obtain feedback

  • Provide a safe and comfortable working environment with release time for programming and other duties

  • Provide ongoing professional development for staff

 

Community

 

We Believe...we believe:

  • We must strive to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education within our community

  • As advocates for our profession, it is important to share our knowledge and experience

  • We are a central link to information and support services within the wider community

  • In the importance of nurturing established relationships with community organizations, council and local schools

  • The needs of children, families, staff and the community are constantly changing and that ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to those needs

Therefore we...

  • Ensure that we operate within the guidelines set down by governing and professional bodies

  • Use the established channels of communication with committee, council and the community

  • Encourage Early Childhood and work experience students to take part in our program

  • Utilise local services in an effective and meaningful way

  • Participate in community events

  • Evaluate our centre goals and program regularly

  • We make a commitment to continually improve.

  • From this philosophy we have developed many policies, which provide guidelines for the operation of our centre. Policy review and development is ongoing.