Embracing the School’s Purpose & Concerns, the Friends’ Early Learning philosophy supports children to develop their ability to think clearly, embrace a global perspective, act with integrity, be kind and helpful to others, understand the value of honesty and become people who care about the world around them and seek to make a difference.
Children come to Friends’ Early Learning already alive with curiosity and the wonder of learning. They are competent, creative, rich in potential, critical thinkers and capable problem-solvers.
Children’s development thrives in an environment of respectful relationships; each child is recognised as unique, knowledgeable and connected to the community in meaningful ways.
Play is the foundation of all learning; through playful inquiry, children build understanding with others, discover new concepts and work through complex ideas.
Language development forms the fundamental building blocks of learning and is fostered through a myriad of engaging experiences.
Mathematics is an essential strategy for thinking about, understanding and describing the world.
Positive relationships, a sense of belonging, social and self-management skills are nurtured by inclusive learning communities.
Well-being thrives when children experience positive emotions, engage in a wide range of experiences, develop meaningful relationships with others and are encouraged to take action on their learning.
The development of children’s physical wellbeing is essential.
Stimulating, flexible and resource-rich learning environments activate learning.
Teachers are researchers, continually developing their understanding of children, childhood and learning processes.
Listening is a fundamental strategy for understanding children’s learning and development; educators observe, document and reflect on children’s engagement with the program and their approaches to learning in order to plan ways forward.
Collaboration between educators, children and families anchors our practice in open and trusting relationships.