With supportive families, exciting community engagement and a strong focus on the emotional needs of the child, it’s no wonder that families come from all over Melbourne to Mordialloc Preschool. We had a chat to Cecilia, Early Years Educator about what sets #TRYMordialloc apart and gives it such a great reputation!
As a 57-year-old service, Mordialloc Preschool has built trusting relationships with families for almost six decades. This established space was re-built and refreshed in 2015 and now includes many sustainable features such as top quality insulation and power saving lights to do their part for the environment and lessen their carbon footprint. But this restored space still feels like home and is a nostalgic and respected space in their community.
“Kinder is not preparation for school or preparation for life – Kinder IS life” says Cecilia. “We take the children’s interests, strengths, ideas and needs into consideration when we’re planning the program – it’s a mixture of child initiated and teacher directed.”
The staff at Mordialloc Preschool spend a lot of time helping children to develop their emotional skills, resilience, confidence, independence and social skills in general. The children can learn day to day skills to help them in their current and future situations rather than focusing strictly on academic education.
“I just love seeing the children happy and the parents happy. I love seeing how much a child can grow from their first year of kinder to the end – it’s really special to see how much they’ve developed” says Cecilia.
But what really gives this service its personality is the community and family interaction. With all of the love and support that Mordialloc gives its families, this support has been reciprocated through the Parent Committee Management who manage the maintenance of the building, working bee’s and even organise fundraising events to help raise money for upcoming incursions/excursions.
These activities allow the children to experience the community around them, understand safety, health, respect and other important parts of life. An upcoming excursion to Cranbourne Botanic Gardens has the children excited to focus on indigenous plants and participate in programs that teach the children about the traditional owners of the land.
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