Our Philosophy

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At Poppi’s Preschool and Long Day Care we aim to provide the highest level of care and education for children in a warm, nurturing and safe environment. By creating a feeling of acceptance and sense of belonging, we are able to provide an environment which enables each child to feel safe and secure.

We believe in the importance of children being respected as individuals and independent thinkers. It is important to us that all children are actively involved in their program in order to encourage meaningful learning and development.

As a centre we value the involvement from families and the greater community.

Poppi’s Preschool and Long Day Care Core Values

  1. Children First – We work to build strong relationships with your children, putting their interests first and will treat them with respect and dignity, like they are our own.
  2. The Family – We strive to create an education and care service that feels like a home away from home for children and their families.
  3. Collaboration – We aim to provide high quality educational programs based upon the Early Years Learning Framework, drawing on important input from your children and their first educators, you and their family.
  4. Continuous Improvement – We as Educators vow to work together as a team, building on each other’s strengths and knowledge and continuously improve our professional development.
  5. Our Community – We will commit to being an active participant in the local community.

In relation to children;

  • We believe that children should be supported to be creative and confident learners and we will respect them as individuals
  • We believe in acknowledging the uniqueness and potential of all children
  • We believe in providing an inclusive environment that caters to the individual needs and abilities of all children
  • We believe in the holistic approach to children’s physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning
  • We believe in valuing and building on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure motivation and engagement in learning
  • We believe in assessing and monitoring children’s learning to inform provision and to support children in achieving learning outcomes
  • We believe in providing a quality service which aims to ensure that the children’s individual needs are met and where all children are encouraged to develop their optimum level
  • We endeavour to continue open discussions with the children in order to maintain a sense of belonging, being and becoming and by doing this it allows the children to grow to their full potential

In relation to Families;

  • We believe that families are the children’s first and most influential teachers and we should value the cultural and social contexts of children and their families
  • We believe that by working in partnerships with families the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework are most likely to be achieved
  • We believe in creating a welcoming environment where all children and families are respected
  • We believe in valuing all families contributions and the roles that they play in each child’s life
  • We believe in communicating freely and respectfully with all families
  • We believe in providing support and care for the parents and carers in their guiding role through open communication and mutual respect
  • We believe in fostering and promoting family involvement through encouraging participation in the centres management, activities and programs

In relation to Educators;

  • We believe that all educators should be committed to the success of each child regardless of diverse circumstances and abilities
  • We believe that all educators should continually strive to find equitable and effective ways to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve each learning outcome
  • We believe that educators should honour the histories, cultures, languages, traditions, child rearing practices and lifestyle choices of families
  • We believe educators and children learn together and share decisions, respect and trust and we must value collaboration and teamwork
  • We believe in collaborating as a team to generate a culture of continual reflection and renewal of high quality practices in early childhood
  • We believe in providing a work environment where staff have the opportunity to fulfil their professional role, where their rights and needs are recognised and development opportunities are encouraged

In relation to the Community;

  • We believe that the community become co-learners with the children and families and value the continuity and richness of local knowledge shared by community members
  • We believe that the community has an important relationship and partnership for learning and we value collaborative learning and community participation
  • We believe in connecting with people, services and agencies within the community that support children and families
  • We believe in promote shared aspirations amongst communities in order to enhance children’s health and wellbeing
  • We believe in fostering and promoting community involvement through encouraging wider participation in the centres activities and children’s programs and through developing greater community awareness of child issues

In relation to the Curriculum and Program;

  • We believe in creating a welcoming environment where all children and families are respected and are actively encouraged to collaborate with educators about curriculum decision in order to ensure that learning experiences are meaningful
  • We believe in encouraging children’s learning through personal interests and play by incorporating these into our curriculum and program
  • We believe in making curriculum decisions that uphold all children’s rights to have their cultures, identities, abilities and strengths acknowledged and valued
  • We believe that play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine
  • We believe in providing opportunities and resources to actively involve the children in their program

Children at Poppi’s Preschool Long Day Care will play: messy play, quiet play, active play, physical play, creative play, play in groups, play alone, play games with set and made up rules, role play, fun play.

Through this play they will learn to be: creative, adventurous, compassionate, trusting, accepting, open minded, friendly, social, charitable, caring, helpful, understanding, gentle, confident, attentive, interested, happy, independent, socially responsible, collaborative, supportive, respectful, self-learners

– Unknown

“We couldn’t build our philosophy without the valuable input
of our families, children and educators.”