WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that all children are naturally strong, capable learners worthy of our trust and support. We look to each child to help guide us in their learning. We value and respect children and believe that their theories and ideas are an important source of curriculum.
Because of these beliefs, we at Aroona Child Care Centre have adopted an “Emergent Curriculum” approach to learning. We believe this approach is developmentally appropriate and is most consistent with our understanding of how children learn.
We believe that the Emergent Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework successfully work together to allow the opportunity for all children to experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life.
We believe that children are resourceful learners who are capable of constructing their own knowledge of the world around them. We aim to promote relationships that support children to:
- Feel a sense of belonging
- Take time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world
- See themselves as constructive contributors to the community
- See themselves as valued, unique and powerful
- Respect and care for each other and the environment
As educators, we work in a collaborative way of sharing our knowledge, passion and expertise. We work with children to discover ideas, provide opportunities for learning and engage in active research alongside the children.
We recognise the importance of communication, team work and collaboration between families and us, and strive to form positive relationships with all. We acknowledge that learning is life-long and we are committed to professional development.
We work to support families in their parenting role and share with them information of benefit to their child’s development.
We encourage families to be active participators in the life of the centre. Through sharing cultures, ideas, knowledge, strengths and differences, we develop a partnership with the families that is inclusive and incorporates the wider community.
We aim to create a positive indoor and outdoor environment that is inviting, inclusive and rich in possibilities. One that reflects the local community and the families who use the service.
We set up experiences using a variety of media to empower children to make choices, promote peer relationships and provoke thoughts and imagination.
By observation and listening to the children, we question and suggest new possibilities and encourage them to search and explore meaning in whatever they do. Recording this information leads to informed decision making about the provision of materials and future experiences for children.
We incorporate The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia – Belonging, Being and Becoming. The framework is designed to inspire conversations, improve communication and provide a common language about young children’s learning among children themselves, their families, the broader community, early childhood educators and other professionals.