Philosophy

Opened in 1957 and set in beautiful bushland, Studley Park Kindergarten is a wonderful small, community-based kindergarten with 44 families per annum.

Educational Approach

We believe children learn best when they engaged in a play based program that supports all areas of learning. We value providing developmentally appropriate, open ended play experiences that are meaningful to children. This is provided through an emergent curriculum that is planned in response to children’s developmental needs and interests. We believe that through these experiences children are supported to develop the skills and concepts that enable them to become life long learners. Children develop early literacy, numeracy and scientific concepts and knowledge as well as social, emotional and physical skills through actively participating in play based experiences. Each child develops and learns in their own unique way and rate. By providing a combination of teacher-initiated and child-initiated learning experiences, all children are able to positively participate in the program at their own level and reach their individual potential.

Supporting Children’s Wellbeing

We value providing a warm and welcoming environment that assists children to feel safe and secure. We believe developing trusting relationships between children and educators is of utmost importance in children feeling safe and secure in the kinder environment. This enables children to feel supported to take risks in their learning and participate in inquiry, problem solving and creative experiences.

Children as Social Learners

Children are social learners, co-constructing their understanding of the world around them and themselves through interacting with peers and adults alike. Through social interaction, children’s learning is able to be facilitated and scaffolded by more capable others whilst the child remains an active participant in their learning. Through providing an environment and program that encourages and supports social interaction children are enabled to develop reciprocal relationships and develop a sense of community with their peers and teachers. Children are also provided with consistent opportunities to resource their own learning and initiate their own play experiences in order to support their sense of agency within the kindergarten environment

Building a Community

We acknowledge the importance of developing a sense of community within the kinder and the importance of involving families in their child’s learning journey. We value and respect the contributions that families make to the kinder, as it is through family involvement that children feel their learning is valued. Family involvement also enables the curriculum to reflect the diversity of the community. By building trusting and reciprocal relationships between home and kinder we hope to positively contribute to children’s holistic wellbeing and development, being more able to consider the ‘whole child’ including individual culture, heritage and family values. SPK endeavours to connect with the local community services, groups and events including maternal health services, council parenting groups, local schools, local sport groups, the Kew library and community events such as the Kew Festival.

Sustainability and Environmental Awareness

We believe it is important for children to develop an understanding of, and be involved with, environmentally sustainable practice in order to develop an awareness of the impact their actions have on the natural environment. Through modelling and including children in sustainable practices such as tending the vegetable garden and compost, they are able to develop key knowledge, understandings and concepts about the natural world around them.