Situated at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac, the preschool is bordered by a small council playground. This native reserve, home to several kookaburras and rosellas, is often the location for impromptu play dates for children and parents before or after their preschool sessions.
Set in a quiet residential area, our kindergarten has an extensive outdoor bush land playground which includes:
- ample shaded areas
- a climbing structure with a slide and cargo net
- a cubby-house
- fairy garden
- a wooden boat and train
- a large undercover sandpit and
- vegetable gardens
Our Kindergarten centre is large and bright and is extremely well-resourced with art and craft supplies, educational and fun toys for indoor and outdoor use, a large children’s and parent’s library, a ‘home corner’, reading corner and dress up costumes.
Our friendly, caring and experienced staff are passionate about Early Childhood Education. Together they form a happy and cohesive team dedicated to developing and delivering stimulating programs within a nurturing learning environment.
Eltham North Preschool integrates all children and recognises that every child has individual strengths and a unique outlook. Our staff are committed to working closely with families to achieve a positive and enjoyable experience for all children at such a significant developmental stage in their lives. We recognise the importance of the home/preschool partnership in the education process and warmly welcome families to our preschool community. Throughout the year you will find a range of activities on offer for the whole family.
Eltham North Preschool is a great place to make new friends, as well as get involved with your child’s education.
ELTHAM NORTH PRESCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
Every child has the right to reach their full potential at their own pace in a caring, inviting and inspiring educational setting.
We offer high quality play-based educational programs for children aged 3 to 5 and aim to instil lifelong curiosity and everlasting love for learning.
PLAY, EXPLORE, LEARN.
We believe that it is important to create a space where every child feels belongingness, without having to renounce his or her individuality; a place where his or her family’s cultures and values are respected, honoured and considered as a source of richness for all the learning community.
We believe that play is a vital element for children’s learning and their physical, social and emotional development.
We aim to provide an environment that encourages children to develop their capabilities and interests at their own pace and according to their individual needs.
We believe that children are capable learners and that they should take an active role in decisions that concern them. Children’s interests and opinions are a constant guide in our program.
As early childhood educators we aim to provide a safe, nurturing, positive, inspiring and welcoming environment for all children and families.
We strongly believe in the importance of the environment as a third teacher in children’s education (Malaguzzi, 1998), and in the use of natural, open-ended materials that allow children to learn in creative and not constrictive ways (Elliott, 2002).
We strongly believe that communication and collaboration between the different contexts in which a child is developing, ergo family and kindergarten, is vital and has to be characterised by mutual trust, positive attitudes, balance of power, and common goals (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). We believe that an effective collaboration will support not only children’s learning but will help children in building a strong sense of belonging, identity, and well-being.
We think that families should participate in the learning experiences of their children at kindergarten and should take an active role in developing the program bringing to the kindergarten their ideas and areas of expertise and sharing them with our learning community.
Educators within our setting are culturally competent and respect multiple cultural ways of knowing, seeing and living. It is within our setting that we celebrate diversity and have the ability to understand and honour differences.
We embrace, love and respect our natural surroundings and we aim to make sustainability part of our daily practice and educational programs.