Our Philosophy

At Kids @ Play Early Learning Centre we provide the highest level of care and education for your child in an equitable, nurturing, safe and secure environment and we value children as individuals, within the context of their family and their community. We provide an emergent curriculum that fosters the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and that supports and respects the role of the parents.

 

Our curriculum is guided by what children know, can do and understand and by the knowledge that children are successful competent and capable learners, which are supported by caring and responsive educators. We believe that our curriculum is based upon children’s own ideas and interests, family input supported by intentional teaching. We are committed to providing a rich, stimulating and nurturing environment, in order to consolidate the skills of children, in key learning areas. We allow children to develop their skills through their play with our support.

 

We believe in the promotion of each child’s confidence and positive self-image through a range of provisions, experiences and opportunities that build upon their understandings, skills, values and sensitivities and promote success. We implement an inclusive approach to positively support children’s growth of identity, self-esteem and critical thinking and that each child can be encouraged to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability.

 

We believe that trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for a strong partnership between families and educators and that the family’s involvement is integral to the provision of a high quality program. We value partnerships with families and encourage them to engage in meaningful participation within the program. We strive to provide diversity within our service. Families, educators and the wider community should be respected and celebrated and we recognise that we can play a role in fostering and developing a social conscience among children.

 

As educators we will be guided at all times by the Early Childhood Code of Ethics (2006), National Quality Framework and all Early Education and Care legislation. This is embedded through our documentation of children’s learning and assists us in providing a flexible routine where the children, families and educators are able to discover, create, explore, improvise and use their imagination.

 

We believe that each educator brings fundamental, personal qualities to the service environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and passion for learning who is a unique contributor to a visionary team. We value reflective practices and in providing educators who are committed to working for the best interests of all children and families. Our educators are qualified to develop children’s knowledge, confidence and self-esteem to help them grow into confident learners.

 

Kids @ Play support sustainable practices and how important this is in families and children’s lives. We educate children on how to be sustainable by growing vegetables and herbs, collection of recyclable products, use of eco friendly products and encourage families to do the same at home.

 

We implement a fundamental movement and physical development program into our service to educate children on their physical and mental growth.

 

We acknowledge all cultures within our service by being inclusive of all families, religions and beliefs. We encourage our educators and families to share their home language and traditions with us for all to learn from.

 

Our Service pays respect to the Eora and Wangal clans, the traditional custodian of Five Dock and Croydon Park. We educate children through spontaneous and formal lessons about the traditional owners .

 

The Approved Providers of the Service are very much a part of the service and encourage families to become part of the centres community.

 

At Kids @ Play Early Learning Centre we understand that the needs of children, families, educators and the community are constantly changing and that ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to those needs.