From our belief that the early years are a unique and valuable stage of life, (not just a preparation for the later years of schooling and adulthood), play is the avenue through which learning and discovery is made.
Learning through play, community and kindness
Play is the core of our programme. Play is honoured through activity, music, solo events, unstructured, with resources and without. It is offered with specialist talents, through the arts, the sciences, and through games of learning and exploration, with different people and different activity. In this way we celebrate our differences along with our commonalities. Our Curriculum is based on the national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).In their programming, and relationships with the children and their families, our staff see the 5 learning outcomes in the EYLF as insightful guidelines to understanding the children’s development. These 5 learning outcomes are:-
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators
Play is the way we encourage acceptance and involvement for our children to express themselves, listen to others, make decisions and search for solutions that require negotiating through challenges.
Creative Expression and Interaction
The children are also encouraged to develop their own creative expression and skills, just as our staff explores their own professionalism, skills and creativity. We promote core values of acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness, generosity and gentle restraint. We recognise the need for each child to develop a sense of self worth and esteem, and encourage positive relationships with parents to model open communication, confidentiality and the promotion of mutual trust. This philosophy extends to the way we offer our service, explore its improvement, and relate in the community.