Philosophy

BELONGINGS

We believe Children learn about themselves and construct their own identity within the context of their families and communities. This includes their relationships with people, places and things and the actions and responses of others.

References and Resources:

  • ACECQA website at www.acecqa.gov.au
  • Guide to the National Quality Framework Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework My Time, Our Place – Framework for School Age Care
  • Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics
  • A simplified version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Early Childhood Australia - A voice for young children
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Acara - Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

B - When children feel a sense of belonging, they develop confidence and self-identity.

E - Environment is the third teacher and is welcoming and inclusive. The physical and social environments reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families participating in the setting and respond to their interests and needs. At our service we aim to provide a highly engaging learning environment, which meets the interests and needs of all children.

L - Learning is engaging and builds success for life. Early childhood is a vital period in children's learning and development. Our Play-based program forms the foundation for learning, ensuring that children’s existing knowledge and cultural identities are respected and build upon.

O - Ongoing learning through positive caring relationships is essential for children’s health and physical wellbeing. The service is committed to reflective practice in taking actions to make a positive difference to the quality of the educational experience and to improving outcomes for children and families.

N - Nurturing care is the engine for brain development. Nurturing care is essential for child development and lays the foundation for life-long health and well-being and builds human capital in the child today, the adolescent and adult tomorrow, and in the next generation in the future.

G - Growing minds of children develop through five inter-related components: health, nutrition, safety and security, early learning and responsive care. Our service intends to cultivate all five domains of nurturing care to meet children’s developmental potential.

I - Inclusive Practice. Our inclusive environment is holistic and recognises the unique contributions each child and their family (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) make to the richness of a diverse community. Inclusive practice lays the foundation for each child’s participation within a diverse community. Our philosophy and practice help to build a caring, fair and inclusive learning community and culturally safe environment.

N - Natural Environments. Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with nature and the natural environment. Sustainability in early childhood education is an important part of our curriculum and is incorporated into everyday practice through intentional teaching.

G - Global Citizenship. We believe global citizenship and social responsibility is a key element to an effective early year’s education program which may contribute to a child’s level of civic engagement as a young adult and beyond.

S - STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. Our learning environments provide opportunities for