As advocates for the rights of young children, we believe it is our responsibility to acknowledge the children as citizens of the world from birth. Educators hold a strong image of the child as being capable, competent, curious and full of potential. They are able to participate, contribute and engage meaningfully with their various communities.
We believe that learning does not occur in isolation, but rather within relationships with people and place. Our environment reflects this and offers a safe place for children to build connections, discover, wonder, problem solve, imagine, be creative, share, participate and explore risk.
Educators are researchers who model lifelong learning and strive towards a professional culture of reflective practice where ongoing professional development is supported and encouraged.
We acknowledge that children learn within the cultural context of their family and extended community, and that they bring this knowledge and a wide range of experiences with them to the ELC.
Through the Christian Studies Framework, children will be enabled to understand, embrace and embody Christian values. The purpose of Christian Studies is to introduce our children to the world of religion and spirituality from a Christian world view.
Educator’s are responsive to the emerging interests and needs of the children. Play is a means through which children find stimulation, well-being and happiness, and is the means through which they grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. We respect the environment as the third teacher, and our Centre is presented in a way that invites the children to explore.
We intentionally seek out outdoor learning environments that complement and enhance children’s development and wellbeing. We frequently visit the Bush Block to ensure children at this Centre experience and enjoy the special nature of being outdoors and grow in their appreciation of the natural world and how to care for it.
Our ELC Educators passionately guide this learning using the Early Years Learning Framework and the Reggio & Christian Studies Framework.
As children begin their journey at our ELC they…
- develop a strong sense of identity
- connect and contribute to their world
- have a strong sense of wellbeing
- are confident and involved learners
- communicate effectively
We value the importance of the outdoors and believe it is the ideal context to encourage children to be themselves, to explore, to experiment and to move.