Overview: At Beechworth Kindergarten we respect, value and accept each child as an individual. We believe that early childhood education is important for all children to access regardless of gender, religious beliefs, family background and cultural identity. At Beechworth Kindergarten we believe children learn through play. We believe families and educators work collaboratively to provide a community based, not-for-profit kindergarten.
· Children are capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning;
· Children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their family and their community; and
· Children can develop confidence and positive self-esteem through a supportive and secure environment.
· Implement a child centred program based upon the principles outlined in the Victorian Early Years Learning Framework and the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming.’
· Strive to empower children, by using their thoughts and ideas to develop the program.
· Promote 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 to promote success. Examples include the ‘You Can Do It’ program.
· Implement an inclusive approach to positively support children’s growth of identity, self-esteem and critical thinking.
· Encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability.
· Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff;
· Families, children and staff form a caring community; and
· Family involvement is integral to a high quality program.
· Are committed to open and constructive communication with families which includes discussions, newsletters, displays, communication books and parent surveys or feedback forms;
· Strive to have empathy and be responsive to family needs and provide support when required; and
· Encourage families to engage in meaningful participation within the program.
· Children learn through collaboration and communication with other children, adults and through interacting with the environment;
· Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive arts; mathematics; science; social and emotional development and work towards the learning outcomes and principles in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – Becoming, Being and Belonging;
· A rich, stimulating and nurturing environment has the potential to stimulate imagination, promote creativity and enhance artistic development; and
· Diversity within our centre, families, staff and wider community should be respected and celebrated.
· Implement a flexible program that is responsive to the evolving nature of the early childhood environment and that provides for different learning styles;
· Make observations of children and document their work to form the basis of the program. Observations can be, but are not restricted to, include photos, anecdotal records, running records and work samples;
· Use both the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage the children’s ability to observe, perceive, explore, investigate, imagine, make choices and problem solve;
· Provide attractive, well maintained play areas, with the thoughtful use of furnishings and displays; and
· Introduce children to a wide range of social and cultural experiences.
· In employing staff who are committed to working for the best interests of children and families;
· That each staff member brings fundamental, personal qualities to the centre environment such as empathy, respect, warmth and a passion for learning; and
· In the importance of creating an environment of collegiality where personal and professional contributions are valued, communication is open and confidentiality is maintained.
· Provide opportunities for staff to share in decision making and to obtain feedback;
· Provide a safe and comfortable working environment; and
· Provide ongoing professional development for staff.
· We must strive to be a centre of excellence for early childhood education;
· As advocates for our profession, it is important to share our knowledge and experiences;
· It is important to nurture established relationships with community organisations, local government and local schools; and
· The needs of children, families, staff and the community are constantly changing and that ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to those needs.
· Ensure that we operate within the guidelines and regulatory authorities;
· Use the established communication channels with the Beechworth Kindergarten committee, local government and the community;
· Encourage students, community members and parents to participate in the program;
· Utilise local services in an effective and meaningful way; and
· Participate in community events.
· The environment needs to be inviting for children’s learning;
· The environment needs to be respected; and
· That we need to help develop a sustainable environment for the future.
· Encourage children to create their learning environment;
· Where possible we recycle or reuse items; and
· Have elements including fruit trees, water tanks, and vegetable gardens, worm farms to help and teach children about sustainability.