Philosophy

SERVICE PHILOSOPHY

Children

We see children as unique and capable individuals, who come to our Service with their own interests, talents, skills, and ideas.  We as Educators are well trained and passionate.  We value, respect and appreciate this 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. At Do-Re-Mi each child regardless of race, gender, religion or ability is given the same opportunities as every other child.   We as Educators will protect and cherish the innocence of children and thus provide a safe and secure environment.  The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) provides a guide to help us work with your child to actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills

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 into all aspects of the programs 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.

Educators

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 a more individualistic and meaningful involvement by the children.  We believe children are unique individuals who develop at their own rate, and thus by providing enriching, meaningful and realistic opportunities children will 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 and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills (EYLF). Our services prides itself on helping our older children with a smooth transition to school.  We collaborate with local school’s to gain information that will help our students feel confident and prepared.  Our program invites discussion, critical thinking and links  the EYLF to the Early Stage 1 NSW Educational Standards through play based experiences.

Community

We strive to be seen as a Service of Excellence within our community, a Service which 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. The Educators, Management, children and families respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners and custodians of our land the Dharug people. We aim to share our knowledge and continued research, so that our program reflects respect, understanding, history and culture. We also welcome any cultural, socio-economic situations, disabilities or any other differences of individuals who may need our service. Our centre actively participates in community events and gives back to our local community through fundraising events.

Enviroment

Children inherit connection to the natural world and, as Educators/Staff, we understand that children often develop their ideas and understandings of the world around them from the 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 that 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 will cater for different capacities and learning styles and invite children and families to contribute ideas, interests and questions (EYLF).

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At Do-Re-Mi Early Childhood Education Centre our aim is to provide a secure and happy environment for your child.