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Our Philosophy

We acknowledge the traditional custodians and cultural knowledge holders of this land, the Darkinjung people, both past and present. Cultural knowledge and heritage is valued and shared with the children through stories, art, music, our natural environment and ‘Acknowledgement of Country.’ We are enriched with the inclusion of Aboriginal culture and knowledge from our Aboriginal community, members of the Darkinjung community and our families. 


Our practice at LONG JETTY PRE-SCHOOL stems from our philosophy and is embedded in our service operations, it is shaped by meaningful engagement with families and the community and is strongly informed by critical reflection. We strive for best practice as we focus on respectful relationships; partnerships with families; high expectations and inclusion; respect for diversity and equity; and place significant importance on reflective practice. 


The rights and best interest of the child underpins all our practice. Their safety, health and well-being are paramount. Each child is respected without discrimination or bias and has a voice. (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). 


Children are viewed as successful, competent, and capable learners who are given the opportunity to construct their own learning, contribute to and enhance the learning of others, and participate in decisions that affect them.  


Educators embrace the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework 

for Australia (EYLF) as a foundation to our play-based teaching philosophy. Through a play-based curriculum, we extend and enrich children’s holistic development, maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. 


The importance of nature and our environment is reflected in our outdoor learning environment. This area offers natural play spaces, inviting open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and connection with nature. An appreciation of the natural environment is fostered, along with environmental awareness and responsibility for a sustainable future. We believe that the environment is our responsibility, and we endeavour to become active advocates for sustainability. 


Equity, inclusion, and diversity are embedded in our practice at LONG JETTY PRE-SCHOOL. Children are given every opportunity to succeed, and their diverse circumstances, cultural background and abilities are respected and valued. 


Collaborative partnerships in the community are developed, maintained, and continuously strengthened. 


We respect and support the role families play in their child’s life by valuing their knowledge, culture, beliefs, and child rearing practices. Trusting, supportive relationships and collaborative partnerships are developed and maintained with families. 


The Management Committee and all educators are dedicated to the quality outcomes for children. We are professional, committed to lifelong learning, skilled, knowledgeable, reflective, and collaborative. All educators align with the AECA Code of Ethics. 


Continuous improvement (National Quality Framework), best practice and quality outcomes underpin our practice. Current research, theories and understandings are considered and applied in the context of the uniqueness of LONG JETTY PRE-SCHOOL, through a process of ongoing critical reflection (Quality Improvement Program). 

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