Peter Rabbit Childcare Centre aims to provide trust that reflects a partnership between children, their families and the staff. It will be developed on the premises that the child is capable and clever and so will foster children’s active involvement in the learning process and will provide for their needs and interest in the context of their own world in which they live. It is accepted that the environment is the third teacher and so this will be an integral part do the program. Experiences are developmentally appropriate and open ended. The materials provided will foster the children’s creativity and imagination.
Our families at the centre believe that they key elements in providing high quality care is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, healthy eating practices, This high quality early childhood centre provides a safe and nurturing environment that respects and values children and individuals. It provides opportunity for children to make connections and develop relationships as they learn about the world in which they live. It facilitates the development of positive self esteem, fosters curiosity, problem solving and acknowledges their creativity, spirituality and cultural diversity. The underlying philosophy of Peter Rabbit Childcare Centre is to facilitate and empower clients to participate fully in the social, cultural and economical life in Australia. Our aim as a childcare centre is to:
- Provide an environment which enriches the lives of children.
- Treat all children with equality
- Value and embrace their cultural and linguistic diversity
- Encourage families to share their culture, language and home experiences with the centre.
- Encourage and reinforcement are used as tools to direct and promote positive behaviours.
- Staff are committed to ongoing training and learning in the childcare field.
- To provide a loving, caring, nurturing environment that promotes each child’s learning and development, self esteem and individuality.
- We provide high quality education and care for children aged between 2 to 6 years old.
- We maintain a safe and healthy setting in which children can learn and explore through play in a caring and supportive environment.
- We will build strong links with families to support them and their children in all aspects of care and education. This involves working closely with parents and providing various resources to help them with everyday parenting issues.
- We give priority of access to children with additional needs this includes children with challenging behaviours, global development, delays, and other disabilities as well children needing additional language and / or social and emotional support.
- Peter Rabbit Childcare Centre promotes an anti-bias approach and equal opportunity for all children through our programming and interactions with children and their families.
- All staff are involved in the planning, implementing and evaluation individual programmes for the children in our care.
- Programmes are based on observation and assessment of each child’s strengths, interests and areas needing support and involve looking as the whole child in context of their environment, culture and life experiences.
- Peter Rabbit Childcare Centre will provide a model of acceptance of all members of the community.
- Our centre services, values and respects children and provides activities to enhance developments in a safe and nurturing environment.
- Our centre supports high quality childcare incorporating the fundamental principals of the NSW Early Childhood Curriculum Framework – The practice of Relationships. We are using this in conjunction with Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which focuses on reflective programming. This program is categorised by the following outcomes
OUTCOME 1: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF IDENTITY
1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported
1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of age agency
1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities
1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
OUTCOME 2: CHILDREN ARE CONNECTED WITH AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR WORLD
2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect
2.3 Children become aware of fairness
2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
OUTCOME 3: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF WELLBEING
3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
OUTCOME 4: CHILDREN ARE CONFIDENT AND INVOLVED LEARNERS
4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies vv and natural and processed materials
OUTCOME 5: CHILDREN ARE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS
5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
5.2 Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
5.5 Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking
- Acknowledges and accepts the uniqueness and of each child and their families.
- Peter Rabbit Childcare Centre provides a safe, healthy and nurturing environment where children in their investigation and understanding of the whole world.
- Accept children as capable and resourceful people. We also recognise children’s physical, social, cognitive, emotional, aesthetics and spiritual needs and interests.
- Provide a programme which responds to the children’s interest and challenges their curiosity, knowledge and development.
- Value the uniqueness of each child and to enhance each child’s self-esteem
- Employ highly qualified and caring staff who demonstrate a strong commitment towards the development and provision of meaningful and positive staff – child relationships.
- We value children’s rights and feelings. We encourage children to express their feelings in positive ways and respect the feelings of others. Children’s behaviour is guided to help them understand the impact of their actions on others and resolve conflicts independently and fairly.
All children staff and family members will be treated with respect and sensitivity.
- At Peter Rabbit we understand the importance of play. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. Play is the language of children. It is their most natural activity. Through play children express themselves, explore their world and learn. Even though play looks as if it is only amusing, fun and joyful, it is an extremely important activity for children, and even for adults. We find ways of playing throughout our lives whether it is through art, sewing, cooking, building projects, kayaking or rollerblading. Play is an activity that benefits us in so many ways and contributes to our overall sense of well being. We refer to the aims of the centre philosophy in conjunction with our EYLF plan experiences.