Little Saints is all about the Children! We strive to create a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all our children and families and recognise the cultural diversity of all who attend. We believe all children can learn. As educators, we foster this learning by comforting, assisting and playing with the children.
Programs at Little Saints enable the child to achieve and take on and be accepting of challenges, and not setting them up for failure. We see children as active and passionate learners who can lead their learning journey and find the answer for themselves if fostered with creativity, enquiry and engagement, from their primary educators.
"We must credit the child with enormous potential, and the children must feel that trust. The teacher must give up all his biased concepts and accept the child as a co-constructor" – Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio)
"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are defined by adult society." – Janet Piaget
We see the parents and caregivers as the primary caregivers of their children and work together in partnership to support their learning and development. We encourage family and community input into our program by establishing partnerships with children and families to create strong, respectful relationships. These partnerships benefit in getting to know all the children's needs, cultural aspects, interests and strengths. Staff are learners, too and will work together to provide an enriched learning environment that is reflective of the needs and expectations of our community, cultures and families in which our children live.
"No society can long sustain itself unless its members have learned the sensitivities, motivations and skills involved in assisting and caring for other human beings." – Uri Bronfenbrenner
Play is a vital part of early childhood and growing up. At Little Saints Preschool, we believe children learn from being in both indoor and outdoor environments. With challenges and elements essential to well-rounded learning. Children learn to develop social, emotional, and physical skills through a play-based program. This play-based program also supports school readiness in literacy, numeracy, STEM, social, emotional and pre-writing skills. Educators facilitate this learning by providing children with indoor and outdoor learning environments that support uninterrupted inquiry-based learning. This play encourages the child to learn through a trial and error approach, which drive their learning interest in years to come.
We follow the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Framework. Our program is based on encouraging learning through the children's interests and strengths in small or large groups or one-on-one interaction. Each child's developmental progression, advancing skill levels and interests are noted by their educators and the knowledge is used to inform and support all children's learning and corresponding curriculum.
"Our task is to help children with the world using all their potential strengths and languages and to over come any obstacles presented by our culture" – Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio)
Educators encourage children to take their own controlled risks with the environment, making choices to leave spaces to create their own project-based learning and discover new and exciting things. Children can explore controlled risks through different weather types, balance along fallen logs, climb trees, find insects, draw with sticks, get involved in dramatic play and make mud creations. Children have ample opportunity to engage and explore nature throughout rural locations with guidance from educators and connections to sustainability.
"Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds, and colours" – Loris Malaguzzi
Children will learn to face challenges and take risks positively and in a supportive and safe environment. Through play, children will connect with and learn to respect nature and the land in a way that cannot be taught in a classroom. A strong emphasis is placed on encouraging challenge and ensuring that children learn safely. Children will be supported in their hygiene practices, through modelling and encouragement.
We follow the path and opportunities that God provides us with. Children have the opportunity to connect with our Lord and love, learn and grow together. Through the eyes of Christ, and values of our families, communities and love of God we recognise, understand, value and respect the histories, cultures, lands and contributions of Australia’s First Nations people.