Central Gardens strives to offer a high quality educational environment, guided by the National Quality standards to provide positive outcomes for our children, families, educators and the community.
Central Gardens is committed to self-assessment and quality improvement planning process. Our centre is committed to continually reflecting on our practices as a team with our families, children, educators, management and community.
At Central Gardens Childcare we value and believe in a homelike atmosphere within a caring and stimulating environment in which all children can feel safe and secure.
Each child is a valued individual with unique interests and strengths and we give children the freedom to choose activities they are most interested in.
Educators will guide children to make positive choices about their learning and development. Developmental play enables children to learn through concrete " hands on " experiences such as doing, experimenting, predicting, achieving and making mistakes.
To provide all children with accurate and appropriate material that provides information enabling children to develop autonomy, independence, competency, confidence and pride.
A variety of perspectives about child learning
Through current theories, professional knowledge and understanding of child learning and development practices we aim to enrich each child's experiences so that they develop a sense of self-achievement.
Through implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework (ELYF) we build on the child's interests and acknowledge individuals within the group and wider community. We look at developing the child as a whole by linking their learning and environment to the Early Years Learning Frameworks 5 learning outcomes, principles and practices.
We encourage their self-help skills and promote a positive attitude to encourage high self-worth, we believe if a child is confident they will have the ability to do anything they set their minds to, now and in the future. This encourages lifelong strong emotional intelligence that gives children the ability to cope with life's challenges.
The importance of the early childhood years.
Children under six years are constantly learning. Most of a child's learning actually takes place during these years. All of the experiences a child has in this time contribute to the kind of people they will eventually become. Learning and development takes place through the medium of the child exploring their environment. The most common term for this form of learning is "play".
Play is the means by which young children develop their physical, intellectual and emotional skills. As they play they learn to socialise, to consider others and the give and take of human relationships. We encourage children to develop friendships with each other based on mutual trust and respect. The environment that stimulates growth and development through play also helps extend and promote the adaptability and creativity of the child.
Children's place in the community
We acknowledge the valuable contribution that the community can make towards the holistic development of each child. We do this by fostering links between children, their families and the broader community.
Educators will familiarise themselves with, and share knowledge about, the specific communication needs of each child. This will include verbal and non-verbal communication skills and cues. Where applicable, this may include things such as sign language and/or learning keywords in the child's home language.
Central Gardens Childcare would like to encourage all children, families and educators to develop a sense of belonging to our centre's community and to the wider external community.
Diversity, fairness and social justice
We support the principles of social justice. All children and families of all abilities, from religious, cultural, linguistically diverse back grounds are treated equitably and are valued and included in all aspects of the centre and the community.
We believe all children, families and educators have a right to be treated with fairness and equity, have the same opportunities or participation and are accepted as valued members of the community.
We acknowledge and respect the many differing social and cultural backgrounds of children in our care and the experiences they bring from their home environment.
Respecting the needs, feelings and property of others is a mutual practice that assists in the development of compassion in others, regardless of age.
We encourage parents from non-English speaking backgrounds to contribute their knowledge and culture to the service to enhance the program.
We include in our program and curriculum and the physical environment, an awareness of cross-cultural and non-discriminatory practices.
We believe all children, families and educators have a right to be treated with fairness and equality, have the same opportunities for participation and are accepted as valued members of the community. Relationships are important to a child's health, wellbeing and development.
Our philosophy is a living document and it is available to every one involved in the centre. All educators are supported to know, understand and contribute to our philosophy. In order to ensure the philosophy continually reflects current understandings about the way children develop and how childcare informs their experiences, we perform periodic collaboration with parents, children, management, educators, the wider community and all other stakeholders.