Cardiff South Public School

Believe and Achieve

Telephone02 4954 7296

Emailcardiffsth-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Our Philosophy

At Cardiff South Public School Preschool we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Awabakal people, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our focus is to provide a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment which reflects and enriches the lives of the children and families. We recognise the uniqueness of our learning community, providing strong connections with the wider school and local community to support children to feel a sense of belonging and become empowered and competent lifelong learners.

Belonging: 

Each child, family member and Educator is a unique and respected individual. We:

  • Play and learn on Awabakal land
  • Immerse children in opportunities to explore the rich            tapestry and cultural heritage of our country
  • Value and respect the rights of each child
  • Work in genuine partnership with each family to                    support each child
  • Establish and maintain open, meaningful channels of            communication
  • Work cooperatively with allied health services to                  support children and their families
  • Implement a responsive program with children and             families, based on each child’s interests and strengths
  • Ensure children feel heard, respected and                                empowered, based on strong collaborative                            relationships and mutual respect 

 

Being: 

Our focus is to enhance learning in an environment that is fun, safe, welcoming, engaging and nurturing, which reflects and enriches the lives of the children and families. We:

  • Highly value and reflect diversity in culture,                           practices, values, beliefs, abilities and language of each child and their family
  • Empower children to express empathy and respect for others, and to feel supported and valued
  • Stimulate opportunities for each child to make discoveries, use their imagination, problem solve, think critically, and explore their world and relationships
  • Support each child to develop positive self-esteem and confidence by actively challenging bias
  • Engage with intentional teaching to support children to gain the skills to be confident, independent and involved learners who will try new things and engage with risk taking
  • Recognise and value play as a context for learning, providing time and space in unhurried, meaningful play to experience the joy of 'being'
  • Believe learning is most meaningful when it emerges from the children's actions, conversations and decision making

 

Becoming: 

Early Childhood Education is the foundation for lifelong learning. We:

  • Acknowledge our role as contributors to developing resilient and sustainable communities
  • Support children to take ownership of their choices and decisions to foster a strong sense of agency
  • Critically reflect, and build upon our professional knowledge, practices and relationships
  • Strengthen and enhance our learning community in consultation with children, families and the wider community
  • Adapt our practices in response to the changing needs of our community
  • Recognise the uniqueness of our learning community and facilitate effective transitions to support children’s continuity of learning across settings
  • Build links with the wider school community and local community to support children to become empowered and competent lifelong learners

The National Quality Framework guides the reflection of our practices in providing quality care and incorporating continuous improvement. We understand the importance of reflection in informing our practice and leading to more detailed understandings of our work, and adapt our practices in response to the changing needs of our community. As Educators we acknowledge learning as being a life-long commitment, learning from each other, families and children as we continually seek ways to critically reflect and build upon our professional knowledge, practices and relationships.