Our Philosophy





Possum Place Preschool and Early Learning Centre Philosophy

We at Possum Place Preschool and Early Learning Centre would like to acknowledge the Wiyabal people of the Bundjalung Nation. We pay our respects to the original Wiyabal and Bundjalung custodians past, present and future.

Possum Place offers educational and stimulating programs that assist in the development and growth of each child. Our programs are influenced by the interests and cultures of the children and their families and supported by the practices, principles and learning outcomes of the Early Years learning Framework and National Quality Framework. This is to ensure the children in our service receive the highest quality education and care. At Possum Place Preschool and ELC, we use a play based approach to teaching which allows children to express themselves and assists in the development of relationships with peers, educators, families and the community. We continue to encourage the children to become more active in sustainable practices by providing ongoing learning and modelling daily.

Educators strongly believe facilitating a safe, secure, trusting and nurturing environment, where stakeholders feel welcomed and valued, promotes a sense of belonging. Our environments are flexible and responsive to the changing needs and interests of the children and families. This supports the children to grow, learn and make connections between what they are learning in both the indoor and outdoor environments, at home and in our local community of Alstonville.

We believe that a child’s family are the first and most influential teachers and by working together we can foster each child to become an empowered lifelong learner. We encourage and support families to be active participants within the service and their child’s education through open communication with educators.

Our service celebrates inclusion of the children, families, educators and wider community. It is our embedded inclusive practices that allow for exploration of diversity in a safe and positive nurturing environment away from social biases. This in turn develops a social responsibility between children and educators.

Educators bring fundamental and personal qualities to the service’s environment, therefore educators are able to work collaboratively with each other to support, grow and learn together. Possum Place Educators respect each individual child’s autonomy and voice. We strive for excellence in the education and care of children and aim to achieve this through ongoing and critical reflection, embedded practices, implementing workplace policies as well as professional development.



Reviewed October 2020


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