Early childhood is a special time for powerful experiences that forever fuel the imagination of the scientist, the artist, the author, philosopher, the builder – all children carry these experiences into their future as a core of inspiration, confidence and creativity. What happens in these earliest years become lifelong, life-shaping lessons.
The Kindergarten is nestled in the heart of the Arlington campus, fostering a ‘feeling like home’ with a large garden where children are nurtured and connected with others in a close community. The number of children is deliberately small; the program and the way the day is structured allows for the flexibility to accommodate the pace, needs and interests of the individual. The three- and four-year-olds are together, giving the younger children the opportunity to learn from the older children, and the older children to be leaders at this young age. Time is spent listening to and discussing children’s ideas; their choices are respected in independent and democratic decision-making.
Family involvement is an important theme through projects and celebrations. The Preshil commitment to ‘rights with responsibilities’ begins in the kindergarten and fosters principles of mutual respect and cooperation, while learning in, about, and for our environment.