In regards to Children:
We ensure they are actively involved in decision-making wherever possible, and are encouraged to involve their home life in our Service, in educational and fun ways, enabling them to build a connection between home and our Service. We encourage children’s self-confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to build the best version of themselves while at our Service. The concepts of “Belonging, Being, Becoming” steer all that we do and say, and we recognize that children’s voices are the most important part of our program.
In regards to Families:
We uphold the understanding that parents and families are a child’s first teacher, and aim to support them in their role to our best ability. We encourage all family members to be involved in the centre where possible, respecting and taking into account feedback, and other special events throughout the year. We are respectful of all cultures, abilities and beliefs, and do our best to cater to all different needs, understanding that one size does not fit all when raising children.
In regards to Community and Culture:
At our Service, we provide a range of different incursions throughout the year, ensuring the children and families are provided with information in child-friendly ways. We include excursions to the local supermarket and the park by the station. We are in contact with mainly Beecroft Public School as majority of children at our Service enrol in their Kindergarten and we borrow their school hall for our annual Christmas concert. We are constantly working to keep and strengthen these professional relationships.
In regards to Educators:
Educators at our Service are expected to create a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration, building positive and respectful relationships with one another, and modelling these to the children and families. Educators support and encourage one another, understanding and respecting that each educator brings different expertise, knowledge and ideas to the team. Staff are committed to providing the best possible environment for all stakeholders, taking on feedback, reflecting on practices, and attending professional development courses. Management encourages and supports ongoing training for our educators.
In regards to the Environment:
We believe children should build a connection to nature, with the aim to ensure the next generation grow up with an understanding and respect for the environment and all life forms.
Our Service provides flexible spaces, including children’s input in the setup of the room and yard.
In regards to Learning and Documentation:
We understand and support the fact that early childhood is where foundations are laid for future learning and wellbeing. Each room provides an age-appropriate, child-centered weekly program, utilising the Early Years Learning framework as our guide, as well as encouraging parent input to the program. Although our curriculum is mostly play-based, pre-numeracy and pre-literacy are intentionally taught through our preschool program.
Documentation of children’s learning includes monthly individual observation and photos posted on Storypark, easily accessed by families and open to parent comments and feedback. As educators, we are continuously reflecting on experiences, activities and teachings, providing informed decisions about future learning for each child.
Please click on the file below for our Philosophy in Chinese: