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Our Philosophy

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 I acknowledge the Yaegl people the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.  I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome to Iluka Community Preschool a wonderful coastal community of families, children and educators who share an understanding of the importance of the early childhood years and where we come together to learn and play.

In respect to each child, family and educators we believe and value:


  • children are unique, valued, powerful and capable human beings that have the right to quality environments and learning

  • each person and their families values, culture, beliefs, abilities and language should be accepted and reflected in our preschool environment

  • ensure our everyday practice is reflected in our critical reflection and evidence based practice that education is transformative. To be able to share the children's journey of self-discovery and change through reflection & meaningful authentic experiences

  • that play is essential in the lives of young children, that it should be fun exciting, spontaneous, hands on, stimulating, relaxing, comforting and challenging. By recognizing the importance of early childhood in celebrating children's play discoveries and learning.

  • giving children the time to play uninterrupted to experiment, discover, explore, create, investigate, practice theories, solve problems and express ideas with the support of other children and the educators

  • children should be encouraged and supported to make their own decisions and choices and seek to actively develop positive problem solving skills and building resilience

  • it is essential to everyone's wellbeing and development in nurturing and protecting our most precious gift, our children and natural environment on Yaegl country

  • build a community that values children, respects their rights by being involved in the local community through engagement eg excursion, incursions

  • developing respectful relationships with families through open and meaningful communication to share the nurturing and education of their children.  We encourage and welcome each family to participate in the preschool supporting and welcoming their interest and involvement

  • our natural outdoor environment which provides opportunities for children to connect with nature take measured risk with their play, feel the grass, sun on their faces and experience the natural rhythms of the season

  • promoting social justice, equity and the rights of children, families, staff and management


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