Sue's Childcare Castlevale ph: 9958 8859

philosophy





Philosophy of Sue's Childcare

Our philosophy is influenced by and based on the sound principles of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia. Our centre shares the same vision as the United Nations (UN) Rights for the Children. Our highly qualified and experienced staff work together to provide a service that fulfils all the child's basic needs in regard to:

Program:

Our program takes a holistic view of the child and incorporates this to build children's self-identity, relationships, health and wellbeing, knowledge and communication skills. Guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

At our Centre we believe that the foundations laid in the early childhood years are crucial to their being, belonging and becoming. We have developed educationally appropriate programs that support the Early Years Learning Framework, while acknowledging the importance of learning through play. This includes the provision of the EYLF frame work which is a play based method of teaching children. We also use the "learning stories" approach, where the staff use the children's interest to guide the lessons and programming. Our program encourages children to become involved by providing interest based activities, which enables them to develop their capabilities and at the same time builds on their needs and challenge their strengths.

Children: 

We see children as unique and capable individuals, who come to our Service with their own interests, talents, skills, and ideas. We as Educators are well trained and passionate. We value, respect and appreciate this uniqueness. We feel children have a right to be active participants in their own learning and must be empowered to express their views and ideas. A childs opinion must be valued for its validity to their perspective and their autonomy and initiative needs to be respected. We as educators will protect and cherish the innocence of children and thus provide a safe and secure environment. As we unpack the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) we will work alongside your child to actively promote children's learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills.

Staff:

As educators we work in collaborative ways, sharing our knowledge and expertise to determine the extent to which all children are progressing toward realising learning outcomes and if not, what might be impeding their progress.  Educators can reflect on pedagogy that will suit this context and the children. This is why play is one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework. By using this Framework our educators guide your child's play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments. Using the Framework we observe your child's learning to build on and plan the next steps. 

Our educators believe that Children's learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different, and equally meaningful, ways. Learning is not always predictable and linear.  We will value and build on children's strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning (EYLF). We aim to create an environment of trust and respect, where we work towards achieving a shared goal. Ongoing education and training is a critical aspect of staff's professional development. It is through accurate evaluation and assessment, which occurs when we critically reflect on our actions, that we are able to identify areas which may be considered a skill and those which may need further development. 

Families:

We are working with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) where community is valued and families are encouraged to become involved with the Centre and we encourage a positive and strong link between home and Sue's Childcare Castlevale. The main theme of the EYLF is Belonging Being and Becoming. It is also our philosophy to constantly improve our service and standards. This is where we rely heavily on our parents to provide suggestions and feedbacks. We believe that families have rights to access their child's confidential individual records through our privacy policy procedures and be aware of their child's progress and access services and be a part of the ongoing programs. We will keep in touch with you regularly to discuss your child's progress and use photos and other documentation to show what your child is learning, how they are developing and what particular learning interests them.

Community involvement:

We believe that Community building is also critical to the teaching and learning experiences within our centre. Children of all age groups are given the opportunity to be aware of the community within and outside the centre. The centre plays the role of a family support service linking the families to local community services when in need of support.

Environment 

Children inherit connection to the natural world and as educators, we understand that children often develop their ideas and understandings of the world around them from the information presented to them by the significant adults in their lives. We have a responsibility to present a positive approach to the environment. We also embrace diversity within our Service and the wider community, so that children view this diversity with a sense of appreciation and wonder. our Service will embrace, celebrate and share traditions and cultures throughout our program. Learning environments are welcoming spaces when they reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families participating in the setting and respond to their interests and needs. Our Service will cater for different capacities and learning styles and invite children and families to contribute ideas, interests and questions (EYLF). We believe that Indigenous culture is important. We respect and value Aboriginal culture and promote it in our program

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