CENTRE PHILOSOPHY 

We aim to provide care in an environment that fosters a sense of belonging and is welcoming for children of families living or working in the West Tamar region. Children’s well-being is at the centre of our decision and policy making. We strive to continually improve our service.

Links to  QA 1:Educational program and practice

                QA2: Children’s health and safety

                QA5: Relationships with children

                QA6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities                    

 

In knowing that children learn most effectively through play in a safe and nurturing environment, we will provide a secure and stimulating environment where children’s individual needs are recognised and supported and their health, well-being and safety are paramount.

Links to: QA1: Educational program and practice

                QA2: Children’s health and safety

                QA3: Physical environment

 

Our early childhood program is developed using The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF). The centre also works in collaboration with families to plan for children, and strives to develop secure and positive relationships and attachments between children and educators

Links to  QA1: Educational program and practice

                QA5: Relationships with children

                QA6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities                    

Family involvement in the centre is welcomed with parents and family members offered a variety of opportunities. The centre values families as partners in decision making and regular communication between families and the centre is encouraged.

Links to QA6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

                QA7: Leadership and service management

 

Programs for school aged children are developed using My Time, Our Place and recognize the importance of the middle years of childhood. Planning provides supported experiences for children within the wider community, and provides a variety of opportunities for children to succeed and encourages a positive attitude to learning. Educators work to support all children’s achievements and investigate ways to overcome barriers to success.

Links to QA1: Educational program and practice

 

All children and their families will be treated with equity and respect regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, religion or culture. Our aim is to provide inclusive programs where children from diverse backgrounds and with differing abilities feel accepted and valued.

Links to QA6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

 

We will maintain and improve our physical environments to meet the needs of our developing programs.

 

We will continue to investigate, introduce and promote environmentally aware practices which make use of recycled products and resources where practicable. Where possible we will continue to develop our buildings and infrastructure to include environmentally sustainable systems. Our programs will provide opportunities for children to be aware of and adopt efficient use of energy and resources. 

Links to QA3: Physical environment

 

We acknowledge that the skills, knowledge and commitment of our staff are the Centre’s most valuable resources. As such we undertake to support and facilitate the ongoing professional learning and reflective practice of all staff members.  Training opportunities will be offered regularly and staff members are encouraged and supported to seek formal qualifications and to keep pace with current research.

Links to QA4: Staffing arrangements

                QA7: Leadership and service management

 

 

Policy review

 

Date reviewed:  November 2013

 

Next review date:  November 2014