The program that is offered to the children in the Kindergarten at Peninsula Grammar is based on a developmental approach and the belief that the children learn best through play. We follow the School’s Mission and Core Values, nurturing and inspiring children to strive for excellence. We aim to support and develop the children’s emotional resilience, social confidence, self-motivation, persistence and resourcefulness. We believe that each child has the right to feel safe and secure, enjoy their Kindergarten experience, be a valued and respected member of the group, contribute to their learning environment and be challenged, stimulated and encouraged to take risks.
An important part of this philosophy is forming strong partnerships with parents. Staff recognise that parents are aware of their own children’s development and can share vital information that provides a link between home and Kindergarten.
The School’s principles of Positive Psychology guide the development of the Kindergarten curriculum and pedagogy which focuses on the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Through this approach the children are given opportunities to develop optimism, engagement and happiness where learning is fostered though positive and authentic relationships with their teachers and the wider community.
The philosophy and the practices are complemented by the teacher’s use of the Early Year’s Learning Framework for Australia and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework which are underpinned by five principles and five learning outcomes.
- Respectful relationships
- Partnerships with families
- High expectations and equity
- Respect for diversity
- Reflective practice
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident learners
- Children are effective communicators
We believe that teaching children to care about each other, have empathy and show kindness and gratitude enables them to flourish in the Kindergarten environment.
Our indoor and outdoor learning environments allow for children to learn through exploration and experimentation in a multi modal space. Children have opportunities to work independently and in groups allowing them to develop and strengthen their social and emotional skills.
In April 2015 the Kindergartens were assessed in accordance with the Australian Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) continuous improvement plan. We were delighted to receive an Exceeding National Quality Standard rating.