Meek’s Preschool and Early Learning Centre was formed on the lands of the Darug People of the Hawkesbury Region.
We acknowledge Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People as the Traditional Custodians of this country and their connection to the land, water and community in which we operate. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs both past and present.
Meek’s Preschool and Early Learning Centre will provide a learning environment for children that is warm, nurturing, fun and stimulating. We strive to ensure the environments are safe, hygienic and well supervised. We will foster children’s development by motivating and inspiring children to be the best learners that they can be. We know that children learn through play and need a balance of open ended commercial and natural resources to promote social interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration, discovery and a connection with animals and nature.
Our relationships with families
Meek’s Preschool and Early Learning Centre recognises that families are the foundation in children’s growth and development. Educators will develop positive relationships with families based on mutual trust and a high level of open communication, supporting predictability and continuity for the children. We will make decisions together with families to ensure the children are learning to their best ability and in a collaborative manner with their home life. We will help to guide and support families in their role, while also learning from families in order to achieve the best outcomes for their children.
Our interactions with children
Our Educators’ interactions with children will be positive, constructive and always encouraging. Educators will, at all times, role model the behaviours that we are teaching the children. Educators will acknowledge the uniqueness and potential of every single child to best meet their needs. Educators will demonstrate understanding and acceptance when dealing with challenging behaviour.
We pride ourselves at being proactive to help each child build on their existing strengths and skills and also identify areas that may need attention. Our service promises to work together with each family to achieve individual milestones and goals.
Meek’s Preschool and Early Learning Centre will provide children with a regular routine where they will be given adequate time for meals and rest. Every day we will provide experiences which will give each child the opportunity to explore music and movement, language, science, art, culture and mathematics.
Our Curriculum is set and overseen by qualified Early Childhood Educators with more than 15 years’ experience teaching young minds. The foundation of our program is the Early Years Learning Framework. Our intention though all engagements is the achieve the Learning Outcomes: Children have a strong sense of identity, Children are connected with and contribute to their world, Children have a strong sense of wellbeing, Children are confident and involved learners and Children are effective communicators.
Our programming is based on the Reggio Emilia approach; an innovative, inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Our weekly program does not separate play from learning and will be led by the children’s interests with opportunities for each child to interact with nature, animals and the exciting world around them. We will also provide the opportunity for each child to experience dignity of risk in order to learn new skills and achieve goals.
All children will have an equal opportunity to learn, there will never be discrimination against gender, age, ability, economic status, family structure, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, culture or language. We will educate children about differences between children, families and communities and help to promote positive self-esteem in all children. We will ensure families with additional needs are included and will offer any support, guidance and assistance where needed.
Meek’s Preschool and Early Learning Centre will ensure children and families feel welcome and included by acknowledging, respecting and celebrating cultural and religious events and beliefs. We implement experiences in our weekly program to educate children about the differences within each family in our service and also within our community.
Educators will role model an appreciation for the environment and sustainable practices to protect and preserve our world. We will aim to achieve a sense of wonder, a feeling of belonging to, and a love for, the land, nature and animals so that children can develop a lifelong positive & proactive attitude towards the environment and a sustainable future.
Our Educators will provide the highest quality care every day to help each child achieve the best learning outcomes possible. Educators will follow this Centre’s Philosophy to guide them in their very important roles.
All of our educators have children of their own so we fully understand and appreciate that we have your most precious commodity in our hands. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and we all chose to work in this field because we are dedicated to educating and caring for children in the best possible way.
Our commitment to quality improvement
Meek’s Preschool and Early Learning Centre has a commitment to continuous improvement and maintains a culture of ongoing reflection and self-review. Effective evaluation and self-review enables our service to continuously improve our policies, procedures and practices, which in turn enables the nominated supervisor, educators and coordinators to improve their practice, which contributes directly to improved learning outcomes for children.