IN RELATION TO CHILDREN:
We believe that although children share a similar path of development, each child will develop in their own time and in their own way as unique individuals. Children need to be valued, supported, protected and have their needs met. They also have the right to be cared for in an environment that is peaceful, safe and healthy.
We will aim to provide an environment that is safe and that allows children to explore, grow and develop. Within this environment all children’s needs for health, safety, care & education will be met. Your child will be motivated to interact verbally in a positive way and to be able to participate within the group with respect, care and an understanding of others.
IN RELATION TO FAMILIES:
We believe and respect that diversity in family life means that children experience belonging, being and becoming in many different ways. They bring their diverse experiences, perspectives, expectations, knowledge and skills to their learning. Staff acknowledge the cultural diversity existing at our service and are committed to support the need to respect and promote the cultural backgrounds of each child in care so that children develop good feelings about themselves and others.
We will provide a link between home and care and in partnership with families to provide the best possible care for the child as well as meeting the needs of the family as a whole. Our communication with families will allow for exchange of beneficial information and support. Our families are viewed as an asset and we encourage involvement in day to day operations, programs, and service decisions. We aim to provide ongoing support and advice where and when necessary.
IN RELATION TO COMMUNITY:
We believe in promoting respect for diversity, culture and individual differences within the community.
We will allow opportunities for social interaction and exposure to culture and community to expands on children’s knowledge and understanding. The more experience children have learning about diversity and the wider community the more they will understand what is acceptable within our society and the world around them.
IN RELATION TO PLAY:
We understand Play as being a context for learning that, allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness, enhancing dispositions such as curiosity and creativity, and enabling children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning, and assisting them to develop relationships and concepts that stimulate a sense of wellbeing. We will listen to their ideas and observe their interests to expand on their play experiences. They will include activities that further develop their knowledge and skills through their own ideas as well as their own actions
IN RELATION TO SUSTAINABILITY:
We believe in a sustainable environment and will try to awaken in each child an appreciation of their natural surroundings and its resources. Our environment is open ended, stimulating, nurturing and adaptable to the individual needs of each child. It encourages creativity and spontaneity.
The team of Broadmeadows ELC aims to create a stimulating environment where children have the time, space and resources to experiment and explore their natural environment. We recognise the importance of being environmentally conscious and will continue to inspire this in young children so they can participate in sustainable practices for their future.
IN RELATION TO THE PROGRAM:
We believe children’ s learning is dynamic, complex and holistic. They are unique in their own way and as such should be treated at an individual level and programmed for according to their need and appropriately to their personality and development including any special or additional needs. We aim to provide a program that balances developmental needs with children’s need to express themselves through imagination, creativity and spirituality.
Children are challenged to explore and experiment with their own ideas and interests to further lead them to be curious. Educators support children’s ideas and knowledge to initiate their curiosity and thinking.
We respect each child’s culture and its values, which we incorporate into our multicultural and anti-bias program.
All activities planned are age and stage appropriate and reflect each child’s development. Based on The Early Years Learning Framework, daily routines and the curriculum, encourage active involvement and meaningful experimentation in a secure setting that allows the children to be leaders of their own play.
Our practices support “Belonging, Being and Becoming” and the 5 Learning Outcome Areas for Children;
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners and
- Children are effective communicators.
IN RELATION TO THE ROLE OF THE Educator:
Educators aim to build positive relationships with children based on trust and understanding. Staff will meet children’s basic needs with care, nurturing and affection. They will model appropriate behavior and reflect on their own beliefs to create an environment free from judgement and bias and accept diversity, difference and individuality. At all times staff will use the children’s best interests as their guiding principle. We have the responsibility to the child and family to meet their needs and provide support with the child’s best interests as the caregivers guiding principle