Grenfell Preschool & Long Day Care Centre (GPLDCC) and Weddin Mobile Preshool aims to provide, develop, resource and manage a high quality early childhood educational and care services that fulfils the needs of the community and is accessible to all children without discrimination. .
"Our Educators will strive to create an environment where the children feel safe, happy, nurtured and stimulated so that they feel comfortable and empowered to try new experiences and to develop nurturing relationships with others."
The Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Centre and Weddin Mobile Preschool acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where our Service is located and recognise their continuing connection to country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal people.
We believe that a child’s first five years are fundamentally important. It is the most valuable stage of life that shapes the child’s future health, happiness and development. Parents and families are the most important people in children’s lives. They know their child better than anyone else and have the biggest influence upon their learning. We will establish a partnership of mutual respect, trust and empathy with parents and families to promote the child’s wellbeing. This partnership with families will be built on open, honest, communication. Parents and families are always welcome at the Service and their involvement is greatly encouraged.
We believe that each child is naturally creative, capable and inquisitive. We understand that children are motivated to explore and discover the world by actively employing a complex network of abilities and interests. We know that children ’learn through play’ and recognise children’s agency from birth.
Loris Malaguzzi was an Early Childhood Philosopher who believed “children are powerful and capable individuals, with the ability and desire to construct their own knowledge”. He identified three teachers of children – adults, other children and their physical environment. This reinforces our belief that the environments provided are key educators for the children who attend the Service.
Our Educators will strive to create an environment where the children feel safe, happy, nurtured and stimulated so that they feel comfortable and empowered to try new experiences and to develop nurturing relationships with others. Each educator is seen as a valuable resource to the Service, their personalities and beliefs contribute to making a successful Service. We respect diverse culture, language, sociol- economic levels, abilities, beliefs and values. We honour and embrace diversity. We will endeavour to embed Aboriginal history and culture into our daily practices.
We strongly believe in supporting children in their transition to school. We will establish links with families and local schools to assist with a smooth transition to school. We aim to support children in developing life skills that will help them to be effective members of the broader community in which they now live and will live in the future.