HopePoint Preschool believes that the preschool is a learning environment for all, both children and adults alike, and from all walks of life. We identify that learning is maximised in an environment when people feel that they belong, and encourage all to become involved in the life of our preschool.
Children are valued as active participants in the world around them. We recognise their ability to be creative, their wonder and curiosity, their interest to explore and discover, investigate and problem solve, communicate and share ideas with other children and the educators.
Families are valued for their unique abilities and expertise, family culture, commitment to work, home and community, and their dreams for their children. We believe in supporting and developing partnership with families to share in the nurturing and education of their children. We encourage each family to participate in the preschool community in a variety of ways that best suits them.
Educators are valued for their vision, love and dedication to the children, their knowledge, unique skills and abilities, and for their commitment to God, our families and each other. Our community recognises these educators as the professionals that they are, and believes investing into them adds value to our community as a whole.
We believe that play based learning is the foundation of early childhood. Play allows children to “just be” recognising the importance of early childhood. We believe play should be fun, exciting, spontaneous, hands-on, stimulating, relaxing, comforting and challenging. Our routine is designed to allow children uninterrupted periods of play, allowing for deeper learning to occur.
Planned within the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard, the HopePoint Preschool curriculum offers quality interactions, stories, songs, creative art experiences, crafts, games, large muscle activities, cooking, science projects and nature activities. Our planned group experiences offer children opportunities to develop important listening and attention skills, work collaboratively with peers, and develop emerging literacy and numeracy concepts in preparation for the next step in their educational journey, usually attending formal schooling.
We believe in integrating biblical teachings within the program through bible stories, songs and prayer to give children the opportunity to learn about God’s love for them.
We view our preschool as a vital resource to our community, and work to build connections with our community both for the benefit of supporting our practices, but also so that children gain opportunities to understand they are part of something bigger than themselves.