Prelude: Play is now well recognised for its potential power and influence it has on a child's development. "It is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is free expression of what is in a child's soul" (Fredrick Froebel). Through play children not only learn about themselves, but the world around them.>
However, like a flower relies on sunshine and water to grow, we believe children not only require the freedom and time to play, but a secure network of relationships to bloom and grow. For this reason creating and maintaining unique bonds with children, families, educators and the community holds a special place within our heart and profound influence over everything we do. We continue to fill each unique bond daily, both individually and collaboratively, with lots of love, care, respect, warmth, trust, appreciation and encouragement. By doing so confidence, connectedness, acceptance, self-awareness and relationships can flourish.
We believe that by understanding each person's individual uniqueness, not just as a separate identity, but as part of different groups and communities, allows each of us to grow in confidence to explore and learn. Furthermore, when learning is integrated and interrelated to one another it allows us to have a holistic understanding of the world and provides meaning and motivation behind each new discovery.
We consider all types of environments, including the living and non-living elements of our world to hold a huge influence in shaping who we are, what we do in the here and now, and who we will become. For this reason we place great pride in providing a home like environment that welcomes, reflects and enriches the lives and identities of the families and children of our centre, encourages acceptance of our culturally-diverse community and promotes an appreciation and care for natural and constructed environments.
While our philosophy is the foundation of everything we do, the following goals describe what we need to do in order to support our philosophy in everyday practice.