Baxter Kindergarten and Children's Centre Philosophy

Children Families Program Staff Management Community

Children

We believe:

  • Children are capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning
  • Children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their family, culture and their community
  • Children develop confidence and positive self-esteem through a supportive and secure environment
  • Children learn within a play-based curriculum with open ended experiences and intentional teaching
  • Children set their own goals, expectations and participate in sustained shared thinking
  • Children need a balance between child-initiated and adult-supported experiences
  • Children are able to do their own risk analysis

Therefore we:

  • Implement a child-centred program based upon the principles outlined in the National Early Years Learning
  • Framework (EYLF) –‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’ and the National Quality Standards (NQS)
  • Maintain the dignity and the rights of every child at all times
  • Strive to empower children, by using their thoughts and ideas to develop the program
  • Promote each child’s confidence and positive self image through a range of provisions, experiences and opportunities that build upon their relationships, understandings, skills, values and sensitivities and promote success
  • Have an integrated approach and strive to support and foster the learning and development of each individual child
  • Implement an inclusive approach to positively support children’s growth of identity, self-esteem, critical thinking and independence
  • Provide experiences that are open-ended, hands-on, challenging yet achievable
  • Encourage and support each child to set goals to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability
  • Provide an environment and experiences which enable to children to do their own risk assessment

 

Families

We believe:

  • Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff
  • Families, children and staff form a caring community
  • Family involvement is integral to a high quality program
  • Families play a huge role in a child’s learning

 

Therefore we:

  • Are committed to open and constructive communication with families which includes discussions, child portfolios, interviews and newsletters
  • Strive to have empathy and be responsive to family needs, and provide support when required
  • Encourage families to engage in meaningful participation within the program and the centre
  • Provide a range of social and family centred activities within the program and the service

Program

We believe:

  • Children learn through collaboration and communication with other children and adults and through interacting with the environment
  • Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics; science; social and emotional development and work towards learning outcomes as expressed in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’
  • A rich, stimulating and nurturing environment has the potential to stimulate imagination, promote creativity and enhance aesthetic development
  • Diversity within our centre, families, staff and wider community should be respected and celebrated and that we can play a role in fostering and developing a social conscience among children with a view to addressing social inequities
  • Children learn best through large blocks of uninterrupted play
  • In ensuring that the health, safety and wellbeing of children at the service is protected at all times, while also promoting their learning and development

 

Therefore we:

  • Implement a flexible, engaging program that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment, that provides for different learning styles, that all children can participate in
  • Record observations of children and document their learning, interests and development to form the basis of the program
  • Use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children’s ability to develop social/emotional skills, gross and fine motor skills, cognition and language, observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choices, problem solve and take risks
  • Provide attractive, well maintained play areas, with the thoughtful use of furnishings and displays
  • Provide high quality equipment and resources to support the program
  • Introduce children to a wide range of social, family and cultural experiences and different ways of being so they will learn to value diversity, learn to accept challenges they may face and become active citizens of the community
  • Offer a range of programs with a variety of session lengths and times
  • Have a holistic approach to cater for the needs of the individual child and the whole group
  • Take an active role in caring for the environment and contributing to a sustainable future
  • Provide a program that is environmentally responsible and shows respect for the environment
  • Keep up to date with a variety of professional development activities to enrich the program

Staff

We believe:

  • In employing staff who are committed to working for the best interests of children and families
  • That each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the centre environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning
  • In the importance of creating an environment of collegiality where personal and professional contributions are valued, communication is open and confidentiality is maintained
  • Staff are committed to enhancing their own professional development
  • Staff will respect the rights of the child and take reasonable steps to protect children from abuse and/or grooming

 

Therefore we:

  • Employ staff with the highest possible experience and qualifications for all programs
  • Provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making and to obtain feedback
  • Provide a safe and comfortable working environment with non-contact time for programming and other duties
  • Provide ongoing professional development opportunities for staff and the wider community
  • Provide ongoing learning and a reflective practice
  • Aim to develop positive relationships, act as role models and work cohesively with families, children, management, other staff, the local community and other key stakeholders

Management

We believe:

  • In providing strong leadership, management and governance to the centre and local community
  • In the importance of creating an environment of collegiality where personal and professional contributions are valued, communication is open and confidentiality is maintained
  • In recruiting committee members who are committed to working for the best interests of children, families, staff and the local community
  • In ensuring the safety of all children including those with a disability
  • In ensuring the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and all children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

 

Therefore we:

  • Provide opportunities for parents to share in decision making and planning for the centre by becoming involved in the committee of management
  • Provide a dedicated Business Manager to provide stability and support to the committee of management
  • Provide induction and ongoing professional development for committee
  • Ensure that we engage in strategic planning, SWOT analyses, succession planning and a cycle of continuous self-assessment and quality improvement activities
  • Ensure membership to support and professional organisations to support the committee of management in their roles
  • Ensure, as quickly as possible,that all children are safe, if an allegation of child abuse is made

Community

We believe:

  • We must strive to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education within our community
  • As advocates for our profession, it is important to share our knowledge and experience
  • We are a central link to information and support services within the wider community
  • In the importance of nurturing established relationships with community organizations, council and local schools
  • The needs of children, families, staff and the community are constantly changing and that ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to those needs
  • In creating a culture that is committed to child safety

 

Therefore we:

  • Ensure that we operate within the guidelines set down by governing and professional bodies
  • Use the established channels of communication with committee, council and the community
  • Encourage Early Childhood and work experience students to take part in our program
  • Utilise local services in an effective and meaningful way
  • Participate in community events
  • Evaluate our centre goals and program regularly
  • Promote child protection by instilling an understanding in the child of their rights and awareness of self and develop their confidence to speak
  • Will encourage the community to hear and value the voice of the child