Service statement of philosophy
All Aboriginal children have the opportunity to reach their potential through access to the highest quality care and enrichment in a rich cultural setting which strengthens their identity. We believe that children should be treated equally and as individuals with their cultural diversity embraced.
Families are encouraged to share their culture, language and home experiences with the centre. The involvement of families is very important to us. We believe that families should be provided with opportunities for feedback on the service, to assist with quality improvement and provide input into the program. A high level of communication is encouraged to build strong and positive relationships. This will assist in providing guidance on individual children’s development and to build strong partnerships to work together with families to support their children. Children’s self-help skills and independence is supported and encouraged to prepare them for life experiences.
The program is a very important aspect in supporting child development. We believe that the curriculum needs to be delivered with a wide range of experiences, supported by a variety of resources, which foster all developmental areas. It needs to be processed by children of all learning levels and delivered in a language that is consistent throughout. This will allow for children to learn to their full potential through education. We feel that the Early Years Learning Framework- Being Belonging Becoming (DEEWR, 2009) put in place by the education system, supports all relevant requirements necessary to advance a child’s development. It uses an intentional teaching strategy, developed with the objective in mind that educators purposely set out to teach the children something through interactions and communication styles. We aim to provide diverse programs which are developed through on-going observations, evaluations and based on the children’s interests, strengths and needs.
It is our aim to provide children with nutritious, healthy and well balanced meals so we provide a variety of menus to support this. All menus are evaluated regularly. Food handling practices and procedures are implemented at all times in relations to our food safety program to maintain a high standard.
Positive encouragement and reinforcement are used as tools to direct and promote behaviours. Through positive encouragement and experiences we aim to build high self- esteem and self-worth. All children in our care need to feel a sense of comfort ability and belonging so as they feel safe and secure in our service. A caring and nurturing environment that promotes self-esteem and individual learning is implemented each day.
Staff are committed to on-going training to learn new skills so as they can educate and care for the children at a high professional standard. All staff attend regular meetings to ensure areas of improvement are discussed and everyday practices are evaluated. In doing this they learn how to articulate their beliefs, and can participate in professional dialogs with colleagues and other educators. This allows for us to continually improve the quality of service and standard of care.
Management ensure that systems are put into place to evaluate policies and implement protocol. We work as a team to provide a high quality educational service, which accommodates for all families and their children.