Based on the core principles of the “E.L.Y.F.” we promote each child’s belonging to our environment, allow them to be in the present moment, and for them to become themselves.
At Fairy Kingdom Childcare Centre we provide high quality care in a safe, happy and nurturing learning environment. A place where parents feel comfortable leaving their children and where children enjoy coming. Children and their families feel a sense of belonging in the Centre that feels like an extension of home.
Here at Fairy Kingdom we are dedicated to providing for the needs of our children, their families, our staff and the community around us.
In relation to children
• Foster a positive self-esteem and self-concept.
• Get to know each child as a unique individual.
• Have a holistic understanding to each child.
• Provide educational experiences to enable the child to develop to their fullest potential at their own pace appropriate for them.
• Provide for children with additional needs and accommodate each child as an individual.
• Provide the opportunity for siblings to be together as little or as much as they like.
• To encourage children’s sense of well-being.
• To assist in the transition to and preparation for primary school.
• Be consistent with staff days, to ensure stability and continuity of care for the children and their families.
• We appreciate the importance of the present day in our children’s lives, learning about themselves in a holistic manner, building and maintaining relationships and enjoying life (being).
• By addressing our children’s attachment, emotional and behavioural needs we are promoting their abilities to develop and maintain appositive and trusting community (belonging).
• Children learn best through play and educators will support development by providing experiences that are meaningful. Children are given the opportunity to choose their own experiences that, most importantly, reflect their interests. For example, the child’s knowledge is valued and can be used as a tool for enhancing the knowledge of others (becoming).
When educators' establish respectful and caring relationships with children and families, they are able to work together to construct curriculum and learning experiences relevant to children in their local context." (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)
In relation to families
• Recognise them as the primary caregivers of their child, and who know their child best.
• Foster a positive relationship that is based on trust, respect and open communication.
• Strengthen the link between home life, experience and the centre.
• Build partnerships with families that will intern benefit their child and make the time they spend with us memorable and positive.
• Provide accessible, affordable and flexible child care.
• Respect cultural diversity and the needs of different cultures, skills and beliefs.
• Encourage active participation and input into all aspects of the centre.
• Provide them with information on their child’s development through a variety of ways. For example; meetings, families stories sharing, weekly communication letter, policy comments, surveys and emails.
• Provide an open, supportive and non-judgmental environment.
• We believe that partnerships with families are beneficial to their children’s success at the centre.
• Therefore, we endeavour to create sound and reciprocal relationships with our parents and the wider community (belonging).
Educators' practices and the relationships they form with children and families have a significant effect on children's involvement and success in learning. Children thrive when families and educators' work together in partnership to support young children's learning." (Early Years Learning Framework)
In relation to educators
• Recognise each has diverse needs, interests, skills and experiences.
• Foster a team approach where all educators are respected as individuals and as valuable team members.
• Have consistent shifts and rosters to ensure stability and continuity.
• Define all roles and responsibilities and ensure that all educators are aware of these.
• Support the continuation of professional development, training and knowledge.
• Respect cultural background and equal opportunity.
• Work collaboratively and support each other in daily practise.
The practices and the relationships we form with children and families have a significant effect on children’s involvement and success in learning (EYLF, 2009).
We abide by Council’s Guidelines and Procedures, DECS Regulations, PIEC Principles of Attachment, ECA Code of Ethics, UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, standards set by the National Child Care Accreditation Council, Early Years Learning Framework, National Quality Framework (NQF) and NSW Curriculum Framework.
In relation to the community
• Provide a flexible service that meets the differing needs of the surrounding community.
• Foster a successful partnership between the centre, home and community.
• Promote a positive attitude towards diversity.
• Respect all children and families to promote a society, which aims to represent all members of our community.
• Make use of the wider resources within the community.
• Respect the cultural and social diversity in our society.
• Focus on similarities as well as differences.
• To have a centre environment that promotes inclusion and a sense of belonging.
In relation to the program
• Based on the principles of the ‘E.L.Y.F.’ program: Belonging, Being, Becoming.
• Implement planning and programming styles based on individual children’s needs, strengths, interest and choices and are flexible for spontaneous activities.
• Foster and encourage the social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive development of all children.
• Provide children with spontaneous leaning experiences.
• Educators encourage the children’s interests and contributions to the program.
• A positive learning environment is created where children can learn at their own pace utilising individual skills and abilities. Educators actively observe children extending learning by encouraging children to wonder, explore, test, predict, problem solve, negotiate, reflect and research through play and in partnership with each other and the educators (being).
• The program empowers children to make choices through use of learning centres and simultaneous indoor and outdoor play which fosters and nurtures sibling and family relationships (belonging).
• The program has an open approach incorporating a flexible and spontaneous outlook; educators encourage the children’s interests and their contributions to the curriculum. We acknowledge that educators play an important role in shaping children’s identities giving them the skills to face life’s challenges (becoming).
Children's early learning influences their life chances" (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)
In relation to Environment
• By encouraging children to positively contribute in creating eco-friendly (natural surrounding) and sustainable (vegetable garden, recycling, saving energy and water) environments we are developing active environmental ambassadors who are appreciative and exhibit an awareness of our environment and the wider community for future generations (being).
• Our educators and staff recognise the importance of providing a safe, secure, homelike and consistent environment that supports trust and familiarity as well as active exploration of learning. We believe that our centre is an extension of our children’s home environments by establishing a calm, friendly and positive atmosphere where children take ownership and are active participants in respecting themselves, each other and our resources (belonging).
• Our learning centres provide our children the opportunity to revisit experiences, refining, reinforcing and challenging their abilities (becoming).
In relation to management
• Provide and maintain resources, which are adequate and appropriate in meeting the needs of children, staff and families.
• Maintain a centre management, which is flexible, sensitive, accountable, fair and responsive to the needs of the children, staff and families.
• We will provide a warm, nurturing and safe environment that caters to each individual child and family needs.
• We will endeavour to settle each child happily and contentedly into the groups and program of the centre.
• We will provide an educational play based curriculum which caters for each individual child's development in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, creative and moral growth.
• We will provide an inclusive program enhancing the children's awareness of, and respect for cultural differences and similarities and the role all people can provide to the community and / or the centre.
• We value each child as an individual and that they have unique capabilities and interests which allow them to develop to their full potential.
• We believe that parents are the child's first educators and encourage parental participation and input at all times, whilst respecting individual lifestyles, values and beliefs, and their rights and opinions.
At Fairy Kingdom Child Care Centre we regard the needs of the staff, children, families and the wider community as equally important.