At Gillen Preschool we believe children are capable learners. We acknowledge that families are children’s first teachers, and that each child brings their own prior knowledge and compassion to the Preschool environment. We provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children to learn explore and grow through play. We encourage children to be brave, and to try new things with the support of friends and educators. We allow children to explore and learn through experiences that attract their attention, interests and aid in fostering independence and growth. We encourage children to work together in a community to build and develop their respect for themselves, each other, and the environment. We allow children to feel and develop their emotions and own identity, we support them to express their feelings and listen to and respond to the needs and feelings of others.