Our Philosophy is guided by ’Being, Belonging, Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework’ and the ’National Quality Framework’. It is read alongside our Policies and Procedures.
In Relation to Children
We are strong believers that children’s development and learning is influenced by their different socio cultural backgrounds and experiences. We have taken on board Rudolf Steiner’s theory on the Holistic approach recognizing the connectedness of mind, body and spirit, we believe in paying attention to children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of children’s learning. We understand the connections between children, families and educators and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships of learning.
We also appreciate children should be cared for in a comfortable, relaxed, safe and nurturing environment, this will encourage children to have a sense of belonging. John Dewey’s Attachment Theory regarding primary care-giving is imbedded into our daily practice, where children build trusting and strong relationships with their educators who care for them. Educators strive to create a natural and calm environment, adapting a home environment approach for children to provide consistency for children who are cared for.
In Relation to Education
Children learn best through play. Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine; create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings; ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking; expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and learn (Being, Belonging and Becoming, Pg 15). Educators will provide many opportunities for children to explore, make decisions, investigate, and role play, to engage in groups and as individuals. Educators incorporate a balance of intentional teaching and child led experiences in our daily curriculum to support each individual child’s needs and interests. Educators will endeavor to create a relaxing and flexible environment for children with the use of natural resources to enrich children’s lives and provide them with knowledge, skills and dispositions.
In Relation to the Whitfords Occasional Child Care Centre Team
All team members will work together to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for all educators/staff, children, families and visitors, where each individual will feel valued and welcomed.
All members of the team deserve respect from each other, and recognition for their diverse interests, skills, knowledge and experiences and are encouraged to share and implement new ideas. Our team will work together successfully by motivating, supporting and trusting each other. Educators/staff understands their responsibility to carry out professionalism and responsible conduct in following all health and safety requirements.
All members of our team are encouraged and supported to learn and develop professionally in order to keep up to date with current early childhood theory and child care practices. All team members are aware they have a duty of care to all children in the service. They are educated on relevant child protection regulations and the documenting approach to ensure the best interest of all children, respecting professionalism, confidentiality, ethical and responsible conduct.
In Relation to Families
All families are welcome and are encouraged to participate in the service in ways they feel comfortable where all feedback and suggestions are valued and respected. We consider partnerships with families highly significant in order to care for children and provide them with quality care. Educators will work alongside families to care for their children and build strong relationships to create mutual trust and open communication which we consider to be paramount in fostering relationships. Educators will also respect individual child raising practices and will collaborate with families to creating a meaningful and enjoyable experience for families.
In Relation to the Community
Whitfords Occasional Child Care Centre is a non-profit centre and has been part of the Community for over 20 years. We believe it is important to build links with other organisations within the community, support the local community and encourage involvement from the local community within our Centre.
Relationships are fostered with external agencies that support families and children. Where possible educators act as a resource for families by sharing, exchanging or linking them with information regarding child development, health and care giving practices. The service reflects the importance of the community and its cultural heritage as educators encourage, respect and value diverse backgrounds, contributions and perspectives. We believe equal opportunity is based on the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity and will respect each individual and the role they play in our community.
We also believe in supporting the development and education of local students by sharing our knowledge and experience when delivering work experience for students and volunteers at our service and all stakeholders are made aware of ethical conduct within the service and respect confidentiality.