At Black Forest Primary School we believe that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. We believe that children’s learning is dynamic, complex and holistic. Physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects of learning are all intricately interwoven and interrelated. Our commitment and culture of play at our school provides a context for learning that:
• allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness
• enhances dispositions such as curiosity and creativity
• enables children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning
• assists children to develop relationships and concepts
• stimulates a sense of wellbeing.
As early childhood educators we are inspired by the Principles of Reggio Emilia and believe that children actively construct their own understandings and contribute to others’ learning. We recognise their capacity to initiate and lead learning, and their right to participate in decisions that affect them. We view children as active participants and decision makers and as capable and competent learners. We draw on a rich repertoire of pedagogical practices to promote children’s learning by:
• adopting holistic approaches
• being responsive to children
• planning and implementing learning through play
• intentional teaching
• creating physical and social learning environments that have a positive impact on children’s learning
• valuing the cultural and social contexts of children and their families
• providing for continuity in experiences and enabling children to have successful transition
• assessing and monitoring children’s learning to inform provision and to support children in achieving learning outcomes
I invite you to explore the links from this page, or, should you require further information about our strong commitment to providing an outstanding early childhood education for young children, please contact the school.