Philosophy and Mission

Philosophy and Mission Principles

The Early Years Learning Framework

The philosophy and mission for Brayside Preschool is embedded in the vision and principles of The Early Years Learning Framework and the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNICEF,1989).

“All children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life”

We acknowledge that our philosophy is a living document and shared vision that will be continually reviewed.

Cultural Philosophy

As a community we acknowledge and are responsive to children’s prior knowledge and experiences of their cultural connections and in particular our Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups.

We acknowledge the Gumbaynggirr People, traditional custodians of the land on which our preschool is built and pay tribute to their unique role they play in the life of this region.

Pedagogical Philosophy

We recognise that our framework supports a holistic approach which is consistent with employing a variety of pedagogical and assessment methods and ongoing reflective practice which is documented in a myriad of ways.

Community Philosophy

We understand that we are a community based preschool and appreciate and embrace the valuable and diverse input we receive from all our families and community members.

Extract from Our Philosophy

As Educators we will listen, guide, extend and share the individual learning journey of each child. We nurture each child’s approach to learning to maximise their education.

We believe “Play is the highest from of research” (Albert Einstein) Play is the heart of our philosophy. Children’s interest and emerging ideas are the foundation of our fun, holistic, play-based learning and its assessment.

We understand children and families all look and feel different, each is unique and each deserves the right to belong and experience a sense of belonging to our preschool community.

We seek best practice and engage in regular continuous improvement and training of our staff.

Together we strive to save the world for tomorrow. We foster the children’s love and respect of our natural world to ensure a sustainable future.

We support transitions and learning to assist’s children’s ability to accept challenges and develop school readiness skills that equip the for life.

Our preschool is always warm, inviting and nurturing. Family, relationships and communication matter to us.

We value the role of the environment as the third teacher and believe it should provide endless possibilities for children’s learning. We provide interesting and natural spaces for socialisation, explorations, investigation, curiosity, loose parts and messy play.

We see all children as capable and confident and hold high expectations for their learning and achievement.

Families and community are respected and encouraged to work in partnership with our preschool.

Find out More

To find out more about Brayside Community Preschool contact us on (02) 6652 8846 or via email on