Selby Kindergarten Philosophy


Selby Kinder aims to provide valuable educational experiences of the highest quality

in a warm, secure environment in partnership with families and local community.

Our philosophy is underpinned by the outcomes and practice principles of the

Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework (VEYLDF).


We believe:

  • that every child is an individual capable of contributing to their own learning
  • that all children are naturally inquisitive, curious and imaginative
  • that all children are individuals who have their own unique learning style

We aim to:

  • provide an environment that allows all children the time to explore, investigate, challenge, inquire, discuss and collaborate
  • allow all children to learn through rich invitations to play
  • provide a nurturing, secure and engaging learning environment for all children to become confident, self motivated and independent learners, while developing broadly ranging attitudes, skills and knowledge
  • to be inclusive and celebrate differences as we foster autonomy and independence for all the children
  • foster a passion for learning by supporting all children to discover and explore their own interests


  • We acknowledge and embrace the importance of family as central to the child’s world
  • We are committed to knowing and valuing our kinder families and we will endeavour to construct meaningful, open, communicative and collaborative partnerships with them
  • We encourage our kinder families to be active participants in our Preschool and its programs and acknowledge the skills, insight and knowledge they bring to enrich our programs
  • We have high regard for the community around us and endeavour to assist the children to connect with the community through our programs


  • We aim to establish the foundations for children’s positive lifelong learning
  • We assist children to achieve their full potential by extending and facilitating their needs and interests
  • We are committed to providing high expectations for all children’s learning and developmental capabilities, recognising that all children learn and develop in their own unique way
  • We are dedicated to continual improvement through reflection of our own practices and procedures
  • We are committed to modeling appropriate behaviours as well as the continuation of our professional development through research and ongoing training
  • We will interact in a positive manner, encouraging children in their efforts rather than only in their achievements, focusing on the process, not the end product.  We will have fun!
  • We aim to build children’s self-esteem and self-identity, and encourage and extend their knowledge and appreciation of the world around 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.