Kornmehl Centre Emanuel Pre-school
A child-centred, total learning experience in a nurturing and educational environment.
At Kornmehl we believe that all children have the right to experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life. (EYLF). We embrace a holistic approach to teaching and learning that recognises the connectedness of Mind, Spirit and Being (Emanuel School Motto). Our priority is to ensure each child feels safe, secure and supported, fostering a sense of belonging and the opportunity to flourish.
Much of our thinking has been influenced by a number of key active approaches to early childhood, particularly the Reggio Emilia approach, Early Years Bush Connections, the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard.
Kornmehl supports and celebrates diversity, honouring our heritage by providing a rich and unique learning experience that values family, history, traditions and cultures.
Through our daily practice, the children’s knowledge and understanding of the traditions and importance of a Jewish heritage are celebrated and cultivated. Children feel valued as part of a dynamic community. We value the opportunity of being together for Kabbalat Shabbat and enjoy the warmth and spirituality that this creates.
We embrace all Jewish festivals with enthusiasm. We value our time in the broader community and teach the values of Miztvot, Tzedakah and Tikun Olam. In keeping with our ethos, Hebrew is taught by a specialist teacher and is also integrated into the daily life of the Pre-school.
IMAGE OF THE CHILD
We see the child as capable, competent, creative, responsible, resourceful and resilient - full of potential, a child who is rich, curious, full of wonder and with a 100 languages - a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking, of marvelling, dreaming and seeing (Malaguzzi, L. 1993).
We nurture each child’s spirit of inquiry and life long love of learning and provide a foundation for them to become responsible citizens of the world.
RELATIONSHIPS AND LEARNING
We believe in the power of collaborative learning, where children work together, plan, engage in shared thinking and ideas, reflect and help their peers. We value the importance of developing meaningful, respectful and positive relationships.
We believe in the importance of learning to relate to others and that a child’s social and emotional development is as equally important as his/her cognitive development. We strive to create a culture of listening with the children, parents and educators, where everyone’s voice is heard and valued.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
We believe that children learn best through play. We see play as being the "heartbeat" of our Pre-school program. Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they experiment, explore, discover, create, improvise and imagine. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking, explore language and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning.
We embrace and acknowledge that children come to the Kornmehl Centre with a richness of experiences. We believe that childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world.
ROLE OF THE EDUCATORS
We view the educator’s role as a facilitator and researcher in the learning process. We are responsive to children’s strengths, abilities and interests and show respect for each and every child.
We as educators engage in intentional teaching that makes learning purposeful, thoughtful and deliberate. We seek ways to build our professional knowledge and develop our learning. We become co-learners with the children, families and the community. This reflective practice is ongoing and enriches decision-making, developing a culture of professional enquiry.
We strive to make the children’s learning visible for families, the wider community and ourselves through different forms of documentation. Literacy and numeracy skills are learnt both in the context of play, and through responsive and intentional teaching. It is our belief that, for children to have a positive transition to school, they need to be both socially and emotionally prepared.
At Kornmehl we provide a beautiful and inviting environment that is rich, stimulating and nurturing. Our environment evokes imagination and inspires creativity. We see the environment as the third teacher, reflecting the interests of the children. We create learning areas that encourage small group collaboration and independence. By providing a constant and secure environment, we encourage children to revisit activities and experiences, enabling them to learn at their own pace.
We acknowledge the benefits of children spending large amounts of time in nature, where adventure, risk and challenges are vital for enhancing the children’s confidence, physical skills, joy and wellbeing. Our engagement with the outdoors empowers children to connect with nature, facilitating their social, spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional learning. We encourage an awareness of environmental responsibilities and implement practices that contribute to a sustainable future.
INCLUSION, RESPECT, SOCIAL JUSTICE & ACCEPTANCE
We are committed to the development and nurturing of mutually respectful relationships with children and families within our diverse community of learners. Our program includes and supports children and families with diverse abilities and alternative perspectives. We extend this attitude of inclusion, respect and acceptance to visitors, students, and Pre-school staff members.
For us as educators it also means promoting a greater awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander ways of knowing and being. We acknowledge that the Pre-school stands on the land of the Gadigal people and that this land continues to be sacred to them.
Our Philosophy is seen as a living document, continually evolving in the light of new research, the ideas of new team members and input from families.
Sami: We have friends and nice teachers.
Matty: We love Kindy. It is the best. Kornmehl is so good because every time you get to play with your friends.
Maia: It’s special because the teachers keep you safe because they look after you.
Eitan: Kornmehl is special because we can learn.
Cy: It’s special because I can play with my friends