We are a licensed Early Childhood Education and Care Service funded by the the Department of Education and Training. Our experienced educators are fully qualified and are dedicated to providing a high quality and enriched program for young children.
At Briar Hill Preschool we offer an educational play based program with a balance of learning experiences, both indoors and outdoors, that build on children’s interests, abilities and strengths in an environment that is warm, secure and stimulating. It is through the process of play that children have the opportunity to discover, communicate, problem solve, collaborate, improvise, imagine and create.
We have a holistic approach to learning and aim to foster all areas of children’s development including physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language promoting self-identity and positive self-esteem that assists children to develop to their full potential.
Our environmental emphasis provides the children with the knowledge, skills and actions to develop a beginning awareness to become socially responsible and to show respect and care for our environment. Through daily routines and environmental practices at kindergarten children learn about sustainability as they help with recycling, composting, gardening and water conservation.
Our educators utilise Storypark to communicate students’ learning and development to parents.
Early Years Learning Framework and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework
The Educational Program is directly linked to The Early Years Learning Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and our Centre Philosophy. The frameworks are used to design the types of experiences and opportunities that enable and enrich children’s development, support children’s learning, and assess children’s progress towards the five learning outcomes.
Identity: Children have a strong sense of identity
Community: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Wellbeing: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Learning: Children are confident and involved learners
Communication: Children are effective communicators
We aim to create a warm and welcoming environment where children develop a sense of belonging, feel valued and supported and build self confidence to develop to their full potential. Our full philosophy describing our approach to learning, the role of educators and the partnership with parents is also available. Click here to view a copy of our philosophy.
We have very experienced, highly dedicated and caring educators at Briar Hill Preschool. Our educators maintain current first aid, CPR, anaphylaxis, asthma and working with children certificates. Our educators attend professional development each year to keep up with current theories and practices in the early childhood field.
National Quality Standard
Our overall service is rated as exceeding National Quality Standard.
We are rated as exceeding National Quality Standard in the following areas:
- Educational program and practice
- Children’s health and safety
- Physical environment
- Staffing arrangements
- Relationships with children
- Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Victoria has now introduced the Kinder Tick.
Services displaying the Kinder Tick show local families that they are a provider of a Victorian Government funded and approved kindergarten program: they deliver a play-based learning program, led by a qualified early childhood teacher.
The Kinder Tick is also an opportunity to build families’ understanding of what a kindergarten program involves. It aims to create more certainty about what children will experience at kindergarten, and to help families feel confidence that their child’s learning and development will be supported by qualified early childhood teachers and educators through a responsive, evidence-based learning program.
Briar Hill Preschool acknowledges the support of the Victoria State Government.