SERVICE PHILOSOPHY

Our service philosophy in Mount Vernon

Children

We see children as unique and capable individuals, who come to our service with their own interests, talents, skills and ideas. As educators, we are well trained and passionate. We value, respect and appreciate every child’s uniqueness. We feel children have a right to be active participants in their own learning and must be empowered to express their views and ideas. A child’s opinion must be valued for its validity to their perspective and their autonomy and initiative needs to be respected. 

As educators, we will protect and cherish the innocence of children, thus providing a safe and secure environment. As we unpack the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), we will work alongside your child to actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile, challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills.
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Environment

Children inherit connections to the natural world, and we understand that children often develop their understandings of the world from information presented to them by the significant adults in their lives. As we are one of these significant adults, we have a responsibility to present a positive approach to the environment. We also embrace diversity within our service and the wider community, so children view this diversity with a sense of appreciation and wonder rather than misunderstanding and fear. Through respect, acknowledgement, appreciation and acceptance of diversity within our community, our service will embrace, celebrate and share traditions and cultures throughout our program.

Learning environments are welcoming spaces when they reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families participating in the setting and respond to their interests and needs. Our service caters to different capacities and learning styles and invites children and families to contribute ideas, interests and questions (EYLF).

Community

We strive to be seen as a service of excellence within our community. A service that values community involvement in all aspects of our program. A service where community resources are utilised effectively to enhance the growth and development of individual children, families and educators/staff.
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Our staff and teachers are all highly qualified
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Program

In Early Childhood Education, the curriculum is not the focus—the children are. We feel that a meaningful, integrated, emergent curriculum using EYLF as the framework is the most beneficial to children’s learning across all developmental domains. A curriculum in which children are active participants and collaborators allows for more individualistic and meaningful involvement of the children. We believe children are unique individuals who develop at their own rate; therefore, we provide enriching, meaningful and realistic opportunities so children can explore, create, discover and imagine. 

Our programs reflect planned and spontaneous experiences designed to support children’s development in all domains. Through the EYLF, the program will see educators use intentional teaching, (it’s deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful). Educators who engage in intentional teaching recognise that learning occurs in social contexts and that interactions and conversations are vitally important for learning. They actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile, challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills (EYLF).

Family

We acknowledge that family is the most important and influential aspect in the lives of young children, and the significance of their relationships cannot be underestimated. We aim to ensure we involve parents and families in all aspects of the program’s development and implementation. We strive to develop positive, mutually respectful relationships with each family member as we work in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for all. We believe that working in partnerships with families is central to ensuring continuity and progression in a child’s learning, development and future success. 
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Educators

For the educators in any early childhood setting, teamwork and effective communication are essential requirements for positive outcomes across all aspects of the Services’ functioning. For ‘together, everyone achieves more’. Educators are responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests. We will value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge, ensuring their motivation and engagement in learning (EYLF). We aim to create an environment of trust and respect, where we work towards achieving a shared goal.

Ongoing education and training is a critical aspect of our staff’s professional development. Through accurate evaluation and assessment, which occurs when we critically reflect on our actions, we identify areas which may be considered a skill and those which may need further development. We recognise educators and staff as our service’s most precious resource and aim to provide them with a satisfying and safe working environment. Furthermore, we also appreciate the experience and skills of all educators and staff. We appreciate their dedication as an integral element of the success of our service. 

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