Our Philosophy

Statement

At the Kadina Child Care Centre (KCCC) we believe that early childhood education and care is vital to supporting each child’s development and wellbeing. All children are to be provided with an educational play-based environment that supports each child to develop physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially, in a warm and nurturing manner to develop to their full potential.

Values

Regarding children

We believe:

  • Every child is unique
  • In acting in the best interest of all children
  • In being inclusive to all children.
  • Developing secure attachments
  • In providing care for children to feel safe, happy and supported to explore, grow, learn and develop
  • Each child has their own strengths, interests, skills and abilities
  • In developing secure, respectful, nurturing and reciprocal relationships
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Hence, we will:

  • Acknowledge each child
  • Interact positively, respectfully and in a nurturing manner
  • Be responsive and engage with children at their level
  • Role model, guide and support all children in developing relationships
  • Provide additional support for children where needed
  • View children as capable and competent

Regarding families

We believe:

  • Families are the first and most important people in children’s lives
  • In building respectful relationships
  • In encouraging family engagement
  • Developing collaborative partnerships
  • Engaging in shared decision making

Hence, we will:

  • Communicate openly and in a trusting manner
  • Acknowledge and respect family opinions, cultures and traditions
  • Welcome, seek and encourage family engagement through face to face communication, Facebook, notifications, newsletters etc
  • Be available and understanding

Regarding environments

We believe:

  • In welcoming, safe and flexible spaces
  • Create a healthy and inclusive environment
  • Environments should promote competence
  • Providing an extension to home environments
  • Creating opportunities to explore relationships and become environmentally responsible
  • Positive, stimulating and inviting environments, enhance how children learn and develop
  • In creating spaces where children have FUN
  • Implementing and embedding sustainable practices

Hence, we will:

  • Provide play-based environments
  • Teach the connections between land, animals and human impacts
  • Ensure all environment and equipment are safe and age appropriate
  • Create spaces that support children’s strengths, interests and needs
  • Provide children with choice between indoor and outdoor environments
  • Educate children, staff and families on sustainable practices

Regarding the Curriculum

We believe:

  • Providing a rich educational play-based curriculum
  • Supporting all children’s strengths, interests and abilities, to develop to their full potential
  • Providing a meaningful curriculum
  • Supporting individual early learning journeys
  • Having documentation easily accessible to families
  • Working collaboratively with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for children

Hence, we will:

  • Provide experiences suited to each child’s strengths, abilities, interests and learning styles
  • Ensure an ongoing cycle of documenting, reflecting and planning
  • Educate and support educator knowledge and understanding
  • Encourage family contributions

Regarding Communities

We believe:

  • Community involvement is vital
  • In collaborating with people, services and agencies to support children’s education and wellbeing
  • Children and families are an important part of our community
  • Experiences of relationships and connection in communities contribute to children’s belonging, being and becoming

Hence, we will:

  • Collaborate with our community through engaging in community events celebrations and places
  • Support children as they develop and become members of the community around them
  • Share community events in the Centre
  • Promote the values of children and families to develop strong communities
  • Invite and encourage services to attend the Centre

Regarding Staff

We believe:

  • In positive, trustworthy, respectful and cooperative relationships
  • In offering assistance, support or advice
  • In creating a family culture in the staff team
  • In being supportive and mentoring each other
  • Conducting ourselves in a professional manner at all times

Hence, we will:

  • Openly communicate in a respectful and friendly manner
  • Actively listen to each other
  • Ensure the environment is free from bias
  • Be open and accepting to others ideas, opinions and assistance
  • Working collaboratively
  • Valuing each other’s roles and contributions
  • Undertaking ongoing professional development
  • Adhere to Centre code of conduct and code of ethics
  • Acknowledge each other’s strengths and knowledge
  • Attend and actively contribute in team discussions and meetings