Our Philosophy

Our Programs at Yarraleen are based on the following principles:

Early childhood is a unique and critical period in a human life where children thrive when they have time 'to be', not rushed children are creative, capable and inquisitive learners who thrive in a secure, nurturing, fair, stimulating and responsive environment.

Children as active citizens have rights and shared responsibilities including respecting and caring for others and our environment. Both natural and built meaningful interactions and respectful relationships are integral to children's life and learning.

Active, meaningful play promotes optimal learning through a journey of inquiry, shared discovery and critical thinking.

Families are respected and valued as children's first and life long teachers.

Connections to Australia and Bulleen's indigenous past and present are acknowledged, valued and incorporated in the curriculum.

Learning and development are enriched when children, families and educators value and share their experiences, knowledge, creativity and skills in a respectful, collaborative and democratic style.

A curriculum that honours and reflects diversity: acceptance of individual temperaments, dispositions and personalities, learning styles, interests, and rates of learning, abilities, values, families and culture best meets the needs of the learning community.

The key learning areas of language, the arts, mathematics, studies of society, technology, science and the environment are actively explored.

Educator's training, knowledge, experience and commitment to further Professional Development enhances the quality of educational programs.

Connections with the wider community enrich teaching and learning.

bestchance Kindergarten Cluster Management

Yarraleen Preschool is managed by bestchance Kindergarten Cluster Management. bestchance operate in collaboration with Yarraleen’s volunteer Parent Committee of Management (COM).

In summary, the role of bestchance is :

To act as Service Provider and ensure that regulatory requirements are fulfilled.

To ensure that educators and kindergartens are supported to meet National Quality Standards.

To employ appropriately qualified educators in consultation with the kindergarten committee.

To administer payment of wages and preservation of staff entitlements e.g. Long Service Leave, Sick Leave.

To manage and support the early resolution of any concerns or issues between educators and the kindergarten committee.

To support educators to attend relevant professional development that will assist in quality service delivery and is responsive to the needs of children and families.

To work in partnership with each kindergarten committee, local government in which the kindergarten is located and Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA).

To develop, monitor and review policies and procedures in consultation with kindergarten committees and educators.

To reconcile DEECD funding and provide each kindergarten committee with a quarterly invoice.

Further information can be found at www.bestchance.org.au/kcm/