Monday - Friday
8:30am - 2:45pm
At Tully Community Kindergarten, we believe that the early childhood years are a significant period in each child’s life during which the greatest brain development and growth occurs, and a time where early experiences influence attitudes and dispositions to learning.
We acknowledge that a child’s family is his or her first teachers, and we acknowledge the importance of a child’s family to their sense of belonging within our kindergarten community. Our qualified and dedicated staff aim to work closely with families to create a climate of mutual trust and respect where educators, children and families are acknowledged and supported in their role as life long partners in learning for the children.
We believe that early childhood is a time for discovery, adventure, fun and imagination and that learning is most beneficial through play (Froebel), and through experiences that are centred around the children’s interests (Reggio Emilia). Our vibrant outdoor nature play space plays an integral role in the provision of these opportunities and allows daily interaction with nature play pedagogy and environmental awareness. We believe that play based learning assists each child in developing their sense of belonging, being and becoming through relationships and social interactions (Vygotsky) which will provide solid foundations which can be built upon to achieve key learning outcomes, and help prepare children for more formalised learning in years to come. We intend that such learning experiences will promote the achievement of not only the learning outcomes, but also the fostering of key relationships in each child’s learning journey and a respect for themselves, others and their environment.
Our curriculum evolves in a flexible environment and responds to the children’s interests, imagination and creativity and consists of spontaneous moments, planning with the child, intentional teaching, reflection, questioning, implementing and evaluating.
Our learning environment plays a vital role in supporting children’s learning and is inviting, safe and welcoming, providing opportunities to discover, imagine, explore, experiment and interact. Our staff will utilise a wide range of age-appropriate teaching techniques, including nature play pedagogy, to give all children every opportunity to be successful learners. We are committed to the protection of the children and their safety and wellbeing, and we believe in and actively promote sustainable environmental practices.
Nutritious food and physical activity are promoted, encouraged and practiced and lay the foundations for a healthy lifestyle. We will encourage the children to become responsible for their own health and wellbeing by being good role models in demonstrating healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are respected and valued. We embrace the social and cultural diversity of all our families. Respectful and thoughtful relationships with families and the community ensure that all are treated with equity, dignity, justice and inclusion.
Our kindergarten’s learning intentions include:
• Fostering a strong sense of self and awareness of each child’s unique identity
• Embedding language, literacy and numeracy throughout the program in meaningful, playful ways based on children’s interests, both indoors and outdoors
• Empowering children to develop self-esteem, resilience, independence and respect the rights and feelings of themselves and others in preparation for their entry to school, and in life and society in general
• Nurturing understandings of social justice, empathy and inclusivity through trusting relationships with staff and peers
We are also dedicated to being recognised as an institutional pillar of our local community, where past, present and future families as well as other members of our local community are encouraged to contribute their time and skills to enrich our kindergarten with local knowledge, contacts and history, further enhancing the experiences we can offer the children, as ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.