Teaching Philosophy

At Rolling Hills Preschool we follow two Curriculum Frameworks to inform and support our practice and philosophy; the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). The EYLF is based around the idea that a childs life is childcterised by belonging, being and becoming. The VEYLDF is a state Framework that focuses on a child's identity, community, wellbeing, learning and communication and aims to improve their transition into primary school.

Play-based Learning 

We believe that it is through play that children become effective learners as they develop their social skills, learn creativity and build their self-confidence. Play is described in the EYLF as 'a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations' (EYLF, 2009, p.46). Play is described as an activity that is pleasurable, symbolic, active, voluntary, process oriented and self-motivating. It allows the young child to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. 

We get to know the children and their families; assess, and document each child's learning and get to know their interests. Through an intentionally planned environment, we aim to ensure that all children at Rolling Hills Preschool have the freedom to explore, learn and grow whilst feeling safe and secure. Our carefully designed programs aim to foster a love of learning in each child and build their social skills, self-awareness and respect for others. 

The EYLF Framework is characterised by:

  • A sense of belonging 

    • ​A fundamental basis to living a fulfilling life, a sense of belonging is about feeling part of a group and connecting with others through relationships.

  • A sense of being 

    • This is about being present and living and experiencing the 'now'. Children need to just 'be' as they play, try new things and have fun.

  • A sense of becoming 

    • ​This refers to the child's growing understanding of change and developing the ability to meet the challenges of learning to participate as a member of a group.

The VEYLDF beliefs that underpin our pedagogy are:

  • 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

Our warm and nurturing environment promotes a sense of belonging through the strong community we foster. We encourage families and staff to actively participate in the Rolling Hills community as it is through the experience of happy and secure atmospheres and relationships that the child's positive sense of self is formed. Our staff are committed to ensuring all interactions with children and families are respectful and of a consistently high quality. Our ongoing commitment to professional development ensures our staff are continually learning and updating their skills and knowledge.