We see children as unique and capable individuals who come to our service with a myriad of talents, interests, skills and ideas. Our staff are passionate educators who value, respect and appreciate this uniqueness. We feel children have a right to be active participants in their own learning and must be empowered to express their views and ideas.
Our educational programs are reflective of an emergent curriculum and adhere to guidelines set by The National Quality Framework and The Early Years Learning Framework. We will work alongside your child to actively promote their learning through meaningful and challenging formal and informal learning experiences that foster high level thinking skills.
We value the period of early childhood, that is, the first five years of life- as vital in the child’s emerging attitudes towards lifelong learning.
We acknowledge that families are the most important and influential people in the lives of young children, and the significance of these relationships cannot be underestimated. We aim to ensure that we involve families in all stages of the planning and implementation of our curriculum.
“No significant learning occurs without significant relationships” - Dr James Comer
We strive to develop positive, mutually respectful relationships with each family member, as we work in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for all. We believe that strong partnerships with families is central to ensuring continuity and progression in a child’s learning, development and future success.
In early childhood education the curriculum is not the focus, the children are. We feel that a meaningful, integrated, emergent curriculum using the EYLF as a basis is the most beneficial to children’s learning across all developmental domains. A curriculum in which children are active participants and collaborators allows for a more individualistic and meaningful program.
Our programs reflect planned and spontaneous experiences designed to support children’s engagement and development across all domains. The EYLF sees educators use intentional teaching methods (interaction which are deliberate, thoughtful and purposeful) to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children.
Team work and effective communication are essential requirements for positive outcomes across all aspects of the service’s functioning, for “together everyone achieves more”. Educators are responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests. We believe in valuing and building on these strengths skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning.
“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives”
- Robert Meehan
We aim to create an environment of trust and respect, where we work towards a shared goal.
We recognise educators as our service’s most precious resource and aim to provide them with a satisfying, safe and joyful environment. We appreciate their dedication as an integral element of the success of our service.
We strive to be seen as a service of excellence within our community, a service which values community involvement in all aspects of our program. A service where community resources are utilised effectively, to enhance the growth and development of individual children, families and educators.
We understand that children develop their ideas about the world around them from information presented to them by the significant people in their lives. As we are some of those significant people, we have a responsibility to present a positive and appreciative approach to the environment.
“A child’s play is not simply a reproduction of what they have experiences, but a creative reworking of the impressions they have acquired”
We embrace inclusiveness within our service and the wider community, so that children view differences with a sense of appreciation and wonder, rather than misunderstanding or fear. Through respect, acknowledgment, and appreciation of diversity within our community, our service will embrace and celebrate traditions and cultures throughout our program. Learning environments are welcoming spaces when they reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families participating in the setting and is responsive to their interests and needs.
Our service will cater for different learning styles and invite children and families to contribute ideas, interests and questions.