Sadleir Public School

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Preschool philosophy

At Sadleir Preschool, we believe that children are unique individuals, who have their own experiences, interests, skills, learning styles and cultural backgrounds. Children are always ready to learn at their own level and their own pace.

Children learn through relationships. Any experience a child has involves a relationship on some level with people, places, things or time. For children to develop these relationships they need time to be, time to communicate, time to belong, time to contribute and time to explore and discover.

Children learn best:

  • if given repeated opportunities to discover, explore, be challenged and problem-solve through concrete and active experiences.
  • when they have a positive self-image
  • if given diverse experiences that can lead to independence, self-control and a sense of responsibility
  • through a rich environment which considers total development and each child's individual needs and interests
  • when there is family involvement and family contribution to the preschool program.


At Sadleir Preschool, we believe that that early play experiences present the best opportunity to provide all children with the foundations for academic learning. Through play, young children begin to construct a basic understanding of the world and they begin to acquire the concepts necessary for abstract thinking and formal learning. They learn how to solve problems, make choices and communicate.

A play-based curriculum:

  • supports the development of the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually
  • allows for the recognition of each child's unique learning style, abilities and developmental level
  • allows for hands on learning, where the curriculum can emerge from the children's interests, needs and desires, therefore making learning concrete and meaningful.
  • helps children to become eager, independent learners who can make choices, solve problems and become responsible for their own learning

We therefore aim to:

  • provide an environment that promotes active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials, with the educators as  facilitators.
  • provide learning activities and materials that are concrete, real and meaningful to the lives of young children
  • foster self-esteem through relationships with adults who express acceptance and respect for all children.