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Our Philosophy

 

At Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre, we are strongly influenced by both Developmental and Socio-cultural theorists such as Piaget, Montessori, Vygotsky and Bronfenbrenner. These theorists inform our practice and guide the way in which we view and educate the children in our care. We believe that while children’s development is linear, it is indeed individual to each child within their social context. We acknowledge that ‘Developmental theories recognise both consistency and variability in child development’ (DEEWR 2010, p. 2).

We believe families are the most important people in children’s lives, therefore the information they share with us provides a valuable contribution and allows a stronger understanding of the child and the knowledge they hold. We value the relationships we have with families and their children above all else and we work hard to develop strong and respectful relationships with them.

We view play as a valuable learning tool and implement role modelling, scaffolding and intentional teaching as successful strategies to support children’s learning. Peer to peer learning is also encouraged which allows broader perspective’s to be considered and further challenge current thinking.

We promote children’s rights to develop the skills necessary for school life and implement a comprehensive school readiness program that focusses on learning through play.

We strive to be active participants within the community and encourage the children in our care to be like minded. Children develop a broader range of life skills when they get to interact and become involved in community life.

We encourage each team member to bring their own unique culture to the table, which promotes a wider perspective on the world around us. A variety of life skills and experience allows for a more diverse curriculum and therefore better learning outcomes for the children at our service.

We support children to engage in risky play and therefore to become more resilient. Through assessing the ability of children and their individual capabilities we offer carefully considered opportunities to support these outcomes and challenge children to become stronger more independent well-adjusted people.

 

“How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.”  

Harold Ramis

 

Reviewed in consultation with all stakeholders on 26/02/2020

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety and Wellbeing

Our number one priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of children in our care. We champion and model a child safe culture at all levels in our service. We will not tolerate harm or the risk of harm to children or young people. We will not tolerate bullying or harassment. We act on any concerns about child safety and encourage a culture of reporting harm and risk of harm.

We listen to all children. We uphold their rights and empower them to know and exercise their rights. Children and families are involved in making decisions about matters that concern them. We are committed to equity and the inclusion of all children, regardless of their abilities, sex, gender, or social, economic or cultural background. We have an inclusive and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torre strait Islander children, and respect and value their diverse and unique identities and experiences.

This statement of Commitment forms part of our statement of philosophy and we publicly display it in our foyer, on our website, in our social media and on Owna.

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