TRY Hurstbridge Kindergarten offers a varied, innovative, educational program within a friendly, safe and secure environment. Every child is special and valued and through play we aim to provide opportunity for children to experience a wide range of situations and gain skills to help develop self-confidence. Within our learning environment, children can develop a sense of community and group identity as well as strengthening individual identity. We aim to empower children with the skills, attitudes and knowledge that will help them to develop mutually respectful and rewarding relationships with people who are similar to and different from themselves. We aim to support and nurture each child’s sense of ‘Being, Belonging and Becoming’-
Philosophy and Type of Program
Hurstbridge Preschool prides itself on being a part of a strong and unique community. We provide an excellent educational program that goes beyond numeracy and literacy and assists children with the development of life skills such as resilience, problem solving, individual thinking, cooperation and inquiry. This is accompanied with an adherence to values- a genuine care and respect for others, for property and for our environment, embracing cultural differences and tolerance. Our Educators recognise and value the importance of the indoor and outdoor environments equally. We value each childs exploration of messy play and strongly believe in providing extended periods of time for uninterrupted free play. We acknowledge each childs individuality and encourage independent thinking, self-motivation, perseverance and a belief in themselves and their abilities. We recognise that a cooperative effort by parents and teachers is essential in providing a continuity of experience from the home to the kindergarten. This positive and open communication is essential to ensure the individual needs of each family regarding the care and learning of their child are met. Our kindergarten provides a safe, happy and stimulating environment where knowledge, interests, skills and understanding are discovered, challenged and nurtured through play. This in turn provides a wonderful foundation for instilling the joy, love and thirst for learning, which is essential in formative educational years.