Wynnum & Bayside Childcare Centre

At Wynnum & Bayside Childcare Centre, we aim to provide children and families with an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, nurturing and enjoyable. We offer a safe and supportive environment where children are valued and encouraged to develop to their full potential. Our centre philosophy reflects our values about what we believe in.

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

In relation to children

We believe:

  • Early Childhood is a time for Play, Fun, Discovery, Adventure and Imagination.
  • Children are capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning
  • Each child requires a nutritional, well balanced diet. Meals provided are nutritious and take into account the Child’s home, cultural backgrounds and allergies.
  • Children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their family and their community.
  • Children can develop confidence and positive self-esteem through a supportive and secure environment.
  • Children should be children and do what children do

Therefore we:

  • Implement a child-centered program based upon the principles outlined in the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’.
  • Incorporate the ‘My Time, Our Place’ framework into the Outside School Hours Care Service so that school aged children have ownership of their program.
  • Deliver the Kindergarten Curriculum in the Pre-Prep room
  • Strive to empower children, by using their thoughts and ideas to develop the program.
  • Promote each child’s confidence and positive self image through a range of provisions, experiences and opportunities that build upon their understandings, skills, values and sensitivities and promote success.
  • Implement an inclusive approach to positively support children’s growth of identity, self-esteem and critical thinking.
  • Encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability.
  • Are committed to the full participation of children with special needs.
  • Offer experiences that may not be offered at home.

In relation to families

We believe:

  • Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff.
  • Families, children and staff form a caring community.
  • Family involvement is integral to a high-quality program.
  • That Parent and Guardians are the Childs first teachers.

Therefore we:

  • Are committed to open and constructive communication with families which includes discussions, child portfolios, daily diaries and newsletters.
  • Strive to have empathy and be responsive to family needs and provide support when required.
  • Encourage families to engage in meaningful participation within the program, at any time and on any level, that they feel comfortable with. This will assist in building an empowering partnership between the centre staff and families and will ensure the children always feel a sense of Being, Belonging and Becoming.
  • Respect and support the role of families.

In relation to the Program

We believe:

  • Children learn through collaboration and communication with other children and adults and through interacting with the environment.
  • Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics; science and social and emotional development and work towards learning outcomes as expressed in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’ and the ‘My Time, Our Place’ framework for school aged children.
  • That by delivering the Kindergarten Curriculum (QKLG) in the Pre-Prep room that the children become school ready.
  • A rich, stimulating and nurturing environment has the potential to stimulate imagination, promote creativity and enhance aesthetic development.
  • Diversity within our centre, families, staff and the wider community should be respected and celebrated and that we can play a role in fostering and developing a social conscience among children with a view to addressing social inequities. Therefore we:
  • Implement a flexible program that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment and that provides for different learning styles.
  • Make observations of children and document their work to form the basis of the program.
  • Use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children’s ability to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choices and problem solve.
  • Provide attractive, well maintained play areas, with the thoughtful use of furnishings and displays.
  • Introduce children to a wide range of social and cultural experiences, family types and different ways of doing things so they will learn to value diversity, learn to accept challenges they may face and become fully realized members of society.

Therefore we:

  • Implement a flexible program that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment and that provides for different learning styles.
  • Make observations of children and document their work to form the basis of the program.
  • Use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children’s ability to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choices and problem solve.
  • Provide attractive, well maintained play areas, with the thoughtful use of furnishings and displays.
  • Introduce children to a wide range of social and cultural experiences, family types and different ways of doing things so they will learn to value diversity, learn to accept challenges they may face and become fully realized members of society.

In relation to Staff;

We believe:

  • In employing staff who are committed to working for the best interests of children and families.
  • That each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the centre environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning.
  • In the importance of creating an environment of collegiality where personal and professional contributions are valued, communication is open, and confidentiality is maintained.

Therefore we:

  • Provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making and to obtain feedback.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable working environment with release time for programming and other duties.
  • Provide ongoing professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Our educators abide by our Centre Policies and Procedures, The Code of Ethics, Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and U Conventions and the Rights of the Child and The National Quality Areas. (NQF).

In relation to Community;

We believe:

  • We must strive to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education within our community.
  • As advocates for our profession, it is important to share our knowledge and experience. 
  • We are a central link to information and support services within the wider community.
  • In the importance of nurturing established relationships with community organizations, council and local schools.
  • The needs of children, families, staff and the community are constantly changing, and that ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to those needs.
  • In valuing Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Cultures.

Therefore we:

  • Ensure that we operate within the guidelines set down by governing and professional bodies.
  • Use the established channels of communication with committee, council and the community.
  • Encourage Early Childhood and work experience students to take part in our program.
  • Utilize local services in an effective and meaningful way.
  • Participate in community events.
  • Evaluate our centre goals and program regularly.

 

We have developed many centre policies and procedures based on our philosophy, these can be found in the entry area and throughout the centre.

Reviewed: October 2018 Sourced and Guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Framework, we provide quality outcomes for Children’s Learning through high quality, reflective and collaborative Care. 

Next Review: October 2019

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