Sorrento Preschool

Early learning service
September 2023 to September 2024

Our vision at Sorrento Pre-school is based on the motto, 'Connected we learn and grow'. We are committed to ensuring that children, their families and educators always feel safe, welcomed and valued here. We make a promise and are committed to working together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to promote respectful and genuine two-way relationships of shared significance. We understand that everyone has diverse relationships, perspectives and experiences and we aim to build on our educators’, families’ and children's individual strengths to grow, learn and connect together. Our Bush Kinder program develops the interconnectedness of life on our planet by being immersed in the environment, and develops the children's appreciation for the First Peoples of the Land upon which we live, play and learn (Boon Wurrung and Bunurong Country). The education of the children is our central focus and we aim to be inclusive and respectfully embed Australia’s First Peoples’ perspectives to guide the development of our programs. As a connected team, we will continue to ensure our Pre-school feels culturally safe for people from all walks of life. We will foster opportunities to provide programs that respectfully teach about culture, and through culture. Our educators are committed to continuing to learn and build on the knowledge they already have and the programs they already implement. We aim to learn about the sacredness of the Land upon which we teach and respectfully pass this knowledge onto our children, who then pass their learnings on to their families. We feel incredibly proud of our pedagogies and practices and the respect we already uphold for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, but we know as a service and as a community we have a long way to go, and so we will continue to implement our plan for educators, children and families to be part of this reconciliation journey with us.