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Philosophy

 

1)      IN RESPECT TO CHILDREN WE BELIEVE

a)      Children’s lives are characterised by belonging, being and becoming. Burleigh Waters Childcare Centres acknowledge belonging, being and becoming as integral parts of identity. When children feel safe, secure and supported they grow in confidence to explore and learn.

b)     Families are children’s first and most influential teachers. We respect children’s diverse experiences, values and beliefs of individual families and communities.

c)      Play is way of children working and learning. Research shows play provides opportunities for children to grow and develop.

d)     The early years are crucial during child development. We provide an environment and experiences that recognise the connectedness of mind, body and spirit, and develop physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistics aspects of learning.

e)      The environment provides play spaces that create positive interactions, exploration and discovery.

2) IN RESPECT TO FAMILIES WE BELIEVE

a)      An environment is created that is welcoming, trusting, and respectful for all families.

b)     Values and beliefs of individual families are respected and reflected upon.

c)      Children’s learning is meaningful and learning outcomes are most likely achieved when working in partnership with families.

d)     Children are born belonging to a culture, Burleigh Waters Childcare Centres support and recognise each family’s cultural background, heritage and ancestral knowledge.

3) IN RESPECT TO THE COMMUNITY WE BELIEVE

a)      Early childhood educators work collaboratively with other early childhood professionals to seek new knowledge, support and ongoing learning.

b)     Work with other professionals within the community for children’s learning and development.

4) IN RESPECT TO EDUCATORS WE BELIEVE

a)      Professional Early childhood educators are paramount to providing high quality setting which links to National Quality Standards.

b)     Early childhood educators strive to provide a safe, secure environment for children to grow in confidence to explore and learn.

c)      Educators are involved in an ongoing cycle of reflective practice and they challenge, support and learn from each other to further develop their skills to improve practice and relationships.

d)     Effective leadership establishes a positive working environment where educators feel valued, builds trusting relationships and motivates educators to provide high quality.