Statement of Philosophy
Our vision is to provide a high quality, play-based program which values children’s prior knowledge and experiences and focuses on their learning and wellbeing, while developing strong partnerships between parents who are the child’s first and most influential teachers, staff and community. Our kindergarten curriculum develops children’s confidence, independence, knowledge and understanding of their world in a safe, nurturing, interesting and beautiful environment where children are given time and the magic of childhood is preserved.
The Netherby Kindergarten community values respect, optimism, persistence, learner involvement and partnerships. These values underpin relationships, curriculum and governance of the kindergarten. We focus on developing secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with children, while building strong partnerships with families.
We respect diversity and are committed to developing cultural competence to promote understanding, communication and equity. Our day begins with our acknowledgement of the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the land. We care for the environment by implementing and teaching sustainable practices.
For staff, a culture of ongoing learning and reflective practice ensure continuous improvement in all areas. The principles of Reggio Emilia underpin our practice: promoting children’s voice, encouraging children to explore their interests, and to express themselves in their own unique way through the “Hundred Languages of Childhood”. The staff observe and reflect on the children’s learning to build the curriculum with the children.