At Mountain Community Children's Centre:
believe that every child has the right to be cared for in an atmosphere that provides
a friendly, fun, safe, relaxed and nurturing environment. This environment should
be designed within a developmentally appropriate profile for children that
conveys respect and support for every unique individual.
* We believe that children learn through
play and that families know their child best.
Therefore, we strive to incorporate the observed interests and abilities
of each child together with the input we gather from their family to develop an
individualised play based curriculum referring to the Early Years Learning
Framework for Australia 2009. The
programs we develop are designed to respond to the whole child, offering
unlimited opportunities for social or individual spontaneity, repetition,
imagination, problem solving and creativity.
Families are encouraged to be actively involved in our programs to the
level they feel comfortable to participate in. We will include where possible
and relevant Early Childhood Theorists in the educational program and
children’s individual developmental records.
* We believe routines support the
children’s sense of belonging, needs and expectations as to what happens next.
These positive transitions will encourage the children’s sense of
predictability which promotes their feelings of safety, security and support. We
will encourage children to participate in small and large group experiences and
discussions. This engages children and encourages them to listen and respect
others, take turns and share ideas and experiences.
* We believe to respect and celebrate the
diversity of individuals within our local and wider community, it is necessary
for educators and staff to work towards developing partnerships with parents,
family members, community groups and organisations. We contribute to our local community during
many social events. The Centre is considered an important and vital part of the
Mountain and surrounding districts community. We uphold this aim because we
value the attributes that can be incorporated to further our ideals of
excellence in care and learning.
* We believe that outdoor play is very
important to the development of the children at the Centre. We acknowledge that
the children are constantly surrounded by the outdoor environment due to their
rural upbringing therefore they often choose to spend a lot of time in this
outdoor environment. We believe in the children’s right to make choices and
decisions in regards to their own learning experiences and opportunities. In
particular in relation to their involvement in the indoor and outdoor
environments. We will endeavour to provide these free choice opportunities
where ever possible. This will be provided we have the correct staff/educator
ratios for safety purposes in our large outdoor area and allowing for our
varying mountain weather conditions. Quiet activities will be provided in our
Covered Outdoor Learning Area (C.O.L.A.) for children who prefer less active
* We believe that effective communication
and cooperative teamwork between early childhood educators, staff and
professionals are vital components of a high quality service. We also acknowledge that it is very important
for educators and staff to remain up to date with the latest recommendations
for early childhood education and learning techniques. In view of this conviction we support and
encourage ongoing professional development for educators and staff within our Centre.
We believe that to deliver a service that fully
supports the individual needs of our families, it may be necessary at times to
work with families to access appropriate professional expertise to help maintain
the well-being of each child in our care.
* We believe that to
deliver a service that fully supports the individual needs of our families, it
may be necessary at times to work with families to access appropriate
professional expertise to help maintain the well-being of each child in our