Our philosophy

At Deepdene Preschool we acknowledge the traditional owners of our land. We recognise the Wurundjeri People, whose land we continue to build our community on today.

Deepdene Preschool is a community-based, not-for-profit educational service. The preschool is managed by a dedicated team of volunteer parents and staff who create partnerships to deliver a high-quality education program. Through this collaboration, we strive to achieve excellence in the standard of service and program that is delivered to the local community.

We believe:

  • Children and families have a right to feel recognised, respected, and valued as members of our community. It is vital for children and families to feel safe and supported within the preschool environment regardless of ability, gender, race, religion, and sexuality.
  • Children’s learning and development is best fostered through providing a play-based curriculum, which encourages children to explore and investigate, stimulates curiosity and the senses, and fosters confidence and independence in a safe and supportive environment to provide the foundation for life-long learning.
  • The rights of the child are paramount to the delivery of the service and draw from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), and Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics as an agreed standard of non-negotiable obligations.

Our program

Our play-based programs provide a variety of opportunities and meaningful learning experiences for children to explore and learn. The programs are enriched by a number of incursions and excursions, music, drama, library book borrowing, and a challenging and interesting outdoor program. At Deepdene Pre-school we aim to:

  • provide an emergent, developmentally-appropriate program that is based on the needs of the child, and in the context of the group and the community.
  • use the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) as a foundation to drive curriculum and guide decision-making in the implementation of the program.
  • Recognise that children’s learning and development occurs in the context of their families, and to work collaboratively with families to foster the learning and development of each child.