Philosophy

 


 

Our philosophy is inspired by the core elements of the Early Years Learning Framework,

Belonging, Being and Becoming

BELONGING – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.

BEING- recognizes the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.

BECOMING- Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasizes learning to participate fully and actively in society.

National Early Years Learning Framework, 2009


 

Children

Every child is unique and encouraged to explore, engage and interact with their environment. We value all learning styles and our staff ensure every child is supported in a nurturing, secure and stimulating environment that promotes fun and happiness. Our programs provide a diverse range of meaningful experiences that stimulate children’s desires for learning and enhance and support the development of positive and respectful relationships. We see children as powerful and active contributors to their own learning.

Excellence

We are committed to providing high quality care and education. Access to excellence is a fundamental right of every child and family. This is demonstrated through our approach to learning, our interactions with children, families and each other and in our unique educational program

Relationships

Relationships are the foundation of our practice. Our community is developed through strong, trusting and respectful relationships. This creates a sense of belonging for all who participate in our community. We acknowledge the importance of creating an environment that is open, connected and embraces difference.

Innovation & Research

In combination, research and practice guides our work as innovators in early childhood development. We commit to maintaining current practice through research of diverse educational perspectives and theories and as such view ongoing professional development as a critical component of our philosophy. As educators, we contribute to the development of our practice by sharing our achievements and programs with our professional network.

Advocates

We actively commit to being advocates for our children and our profession as educators in early childhood development. We have an obligation to ensure that all children are valued and respected and that any systematic changes at both a policy and practice level are in the best interests of the children and our profession.

Sustainability

At co-op we endeavor to take a holistic approach towards sustainable development. Children are empowered to make a difference to the world around them through experiencing and connecting with the natural world firsthand. The centre is committed to promoting environmental education and the importance of building positive attitudes towards environmentally sustainable values and practices.

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