Upper Mount Gravatt Kindergarten Philosophy

At Upper Mount Gravatt Kindergarten we acknowledge that children learn best through play. We recognise the diversity and uniqueness each child contributes to our Kindergarten community. We believe in the importance of being socially and environmentally responsible and aware of the impact we all make on the world around us.

In relation to children we:

Are advocates for children who protect and promote every child’s health, safety, security and wellbeing

Strive to develop children’s sense of belonging

Empower children to direct their own learning, by engaging rich play-based learning

Respect children’s unique and diverse learning styles and how each child actively contributes to our learning community

Foster and environment that promotes curiosity, eagerness to explore and investigate

Encourage children to take an active role in their learning

Embed the natural environment as a fundamental element in teaching and learning

Value inclusion and diversity – we celebrate everyone’s differences and similarities and recognise these elements contribute to establishing our rich and unique community

Value play as a fundamental way for children to explore, investigate, socialise, problem solve and have fun

In relation to families:

We recognise that parents & families are children’s first and most important teachers

We strive to build strong collaborative partnerships with all families and work together to support children’s learning

We work in collaboration with families in all areas of our daily operations at the Kindergarten – management, education & curriculum and events.

In relation to the community we will:

Respect and value the diversity within our community

Celebrate the history of the land on which our Kindergarten stands

Respect the traditional owners of this land

Support other community organisations

As educators we:

Are committed to continual improvement and professional growth

Embed the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines into our daily practice

Scaffold, support and extend children’s learning and development

Celebrate children’s achievements, voices and learning journey

Be committed to ongoing professional development and engage in meaningful reflective practice

Value the importance of development of a strong sense of belonging

“A person’s a person, no matter how small!” – Dr Seuss