In regard to Children, Families / Community, Educators and Curriculum
At Edelweiss Child Care Centre we value early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning and development. We believe that we have a responsibility to do all we can to optimise a child’s developmental experiences during their time with us. We view children as capable and confident learners that see the world as a blank canvas. It is our responsibility to nurture and provide rich experiences that allow each child to imagine, explore, discover, problem solve and create their own unique version of themselves. We believe that childhood is a unique time of life, to be valued and enjoyed in it’s own right. This is the time that foundations are laid for future health, learning and well being. We value children growing up with the understandings, skills and dispositions to be caring people and effective learners, able to contribute to their world and to enjoy rich and successful relationships with others.
‘Extensive educational research has confirmed that the first five years in the life of a child are the most formative years. The experiences during this period have lasting and far reaching effects (EYLF)’.
We believe that children need a safe and nurturing environment that respects, values and is inclusive of the individual’s cultural background and needs. Children need to develop trusting secure relationship’s that lead to the development of a strong sense of identity and the successful achievement of learning outcomes. Every child has the right/need to develop as an individual at their own pace through a range of learning experiences and styles, within the context of a diverse range of life experiences.
We believe that children learn to develop a sense of ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’ as they actively participate in quality teaching and learning that is play based and recognises the importance of meaningful interactions, communication and language, social and emotional development working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators.
Through our interactions with children we demonstrate and value the importance of acknowledging that children are active and competent learners and encourage children’s learning through play. We achieve this by providing for children’s interests and expanding their knowledge and skills, promoting resilience, a sense of belonging, self worth, secure attachments and warm and trusting relationships and interactions, seeking to strengthen critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and risk taking, promoting communication and problem solving skills, together with social and cultural learning and awareness, and the capacity to express and acknowledge feelings.
Family / Community:
We believe that children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership. Families and communities are unique and bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and diversity in relation to their children, therefore educators and families should work together in partnership to enhance the overall growth and development of their children.
Family and community involvement at Edelweiss Child Care Centre is valued as it provides a positive and consistent link between home life and the Centre. It is important to promote a feeling of inclusiveness to our families and communities and display that they are valued contributors of our service by reflecting their cultures, diversity and input in a positive way, therefore enhancing the feeling of ‘belonging’ to the individual and their family.
Edelweiss values and welcomes family and community input, to extend upon the children’s strengths, interests and experiences, as a foundation for learning. In our partnerships with families we; recognise parents as their child’s first and most influential teachers, share knowledge and promote confident parenting, seek to develop and maintain positive relationships based on honesty, trust and respect, two way communication and participation in service decision making, respect and value the individual backgrounds and unique culture and customs of families. And build genuine reciprocal relationships with families that are strengthened and sustained over time.
In our relationship with the community we connect children and families with each other and local child and family support services, share knowledge and expertise with others and promote and value the contribution of our services within the broader community.
We believe that all educators contribute a uniqueness to our early childhood service. We feel that the special qualities that each educator brings to the setting must be supported, and professional practices should be consistently developed and refined to effectively address evolving practices within the setting. We believe that effective communication and a unified approach is vital for educators to mature as a co-operative team capable of setting and working towards common goals that will enhance the quality of the Centre curriculum.
We value partnerships with families as they provide us with invaluable information relating to cultural backgrounds and heritage. Educators strive to build relationships with families based upon cooperation and mutual respect for the reciprocal roles they play in the lives of the child. Partnerships with families are developed through daily discussion, daily communications and meetings. Our open door policy aims to facilitate open communication whilst maintaining confidentiality and respect of the privacy and goals of each family, resulting in the highest levels of care.
We believe that children learn primarily through a play based curriculum. We provide opportunities for children to learn as they interact, discover, investigate, explore, create, improvise, imagine, ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking.
Educators provide experiences that are child centred and child directed, building upon children’s strengths, interests and knowledge and working in partnership with families through parent input and contributions. Educators deliver a quality curriculum that provides for individual learning capacities and styles, taking into consideration individual abilities, special needs and social and cultural beliefs and values. This may include visits from outside agencies, (with parent permission) to meet these objectives. Spontaneous activities are integrated into the curriculum, these are based upon children’s interests and knowledge as well as family input, enabling staff to extend upon these interests and demonstrate a link between home and the Centre.
We value a curriculum that creates a safe, welcoming and stimulating learning environment to encourage early literacy, numeracy, science and art development, seek to strengthen critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and risk taking, and promote communication and problem solving skills, together with social and cultural learning and awareness, and the capacity to express and acknowledge feelings.
EDELWEISS CHILD CARE CENTRE Revised March 2023