We believe in acknowledging the original custodians of this land, the Dharawal people and their language and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community.
Our philosophy is inspired and guided by our knowledge of current research, The Early Childhood Association Code of Ethics, The National Quality Standards and The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being and Becoming 2009.
We believe that educators, at Canterbury Community Child Care Centre are committed to providing a warm, caring environment for all involved with the service. This ensures that children are able to develop to their fullest potential at their own pace, gain independence and positive self-image. An individualised program assists in providing high quality care and learning according to each child’s own needs, interests, strengths and stage of development within a flexible environment. We believe play is important in the lives of young children and provide opportunities for children to explore, experiment, create, problem solve allowing them discover and learn about themselves and the environment.
We believe that educators, are active in developing strong respectful relationships with families on the ongoing care, nurturing and education of their children. Active involvement by families is encouraged to allow transition from home to pre-school to be as smooth as possible. Educators and families keep each other informed of the children’s progress through open and meaningful communications processes. We believe we should be involved in ongoing professional learning to ensure we are up to date with current research and practices. We believe we should continually strive to improve our educational program and environment through ongoing reflective practice.
We believe all involved at the Centre are respected and valued as individuals regardless of their cultural background, gender, beliefs and attitudes and individual efforts and skills are recognised and appreciated. We value and respect diversity acknowledging each family’s qualities by honouring the cultures, languages, celebrations, child rearing practices and lifestyle choices of the families within our preschool community. We strive to support families to feel like they ‘belong’ and are included as part of our preschool family.
We believe the environment should help the children to gain an appreciation of and respect for both the natural and the built environments. As educators, we believe we have a responsibility to introduce the children to an awareness of sustainability and to show respect for all living things around us.
We believe teamwork is top priority as educators work together to support each other and fulfil a variety of tasks. Open communication is encouraged in order for educators to gain a variety of viewpoints and solve problems constructively. Commitment to ongoing education by educators ensures the highest quality of care and pride is maintained at all times.
Philosophy General Statement
We believe, the general environment of the Centre shall encourage positive relationships between educators, families, children and the community. We believe our community are the children, families educators and the people for whom have made strong connections with the centre since 1956. The inter-relationships between the people associated with the service shall be encouraged and facilitated through respect, support and responsiveness. Each child and their family shall feel valued, comfortable and relaxed and in their relationships with educators.
We believe, the Centre shall strive for open communication to assist in the expression of individual needs and the continuum of home and pre-school care, and in the sharing of decisions making about the child. The service’s potential in bringing the community together will be fostered by educators playing a significant role in linking families to community resources and professional organisations they may require.
IN RESPECT TO CHILDREN we believe:
IN RESPECT TO FAMILIES we believe:
IN RESPECT TO EDUCATORS we believe:
IN RESPECT TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM we believe:
IN RESPECT TO THE ENVIRONMENT we believe:
IN RESPECT TO THE COMMUNITY we believe: