Through our environment we invite, welcome and include all and seek to create a sense of belonging. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Guringai peoples, on whose land we now stand and we pay our respects to the Elders past and present. We embrace the diverse beliefs and values of our multicultural community, which enriches the life our service.
We recognise that parents are their child’s first teachers. Good communication with families is essential so that we can support families in the upbringing of their children. We engage in a mutually supportive partnership with each family. We encourage all families to participate within the centre according to their individual needs, interests and availability.
Our purpose is to provide a safe, caring and inclusive environment for children which:
- recognises their unique individuality;
- stimulates, challenges and encourages “being, belonging and becoming”;
- engenders a life-long love of learning;
- facilitates their co-operation and active involvement; and fosters their independence and self-confidence.
We believe that childhood should be filled with fun, happiness and laughter. Our educational approach is one of play based learning, which is recognised as the natural method of learning and is integral to all areas of a child’s development. The Early Years Learning Framework supports play based learning and guides our program, decision making and underpins our daily practices.
Through a range of learning experiences we aim to create lively enquiring minds, a love of learning, an eagerness and readiness for the challenges of school in years to come. By providing children with freedom of choice and offering a wide variety of opportunities, materials and interactions, we are creating and facilitating a developmentally appropriate educational program where children are encouraged to develop at their own pace and build on their interests.
Our program enables children to share thoughts and ideas with other children and adults; co-operate with others; explore, experiment and create within their environment; problem solve; and learn from others whilst developing their skills and gaining independence.
The diverse needs of individuals are catered for within the program to ensure all children have the opportunity to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success in learning. We are committed to providing staffing ratios that exceed government regulations, to ensure personalised interactions with families and children. Our physical environment enables all children and their families freedom of access to play spaces in the indoor and outdoor environment, allowing a sense of belonging in our community centre.
To enable children to become initiators of their own learning, the educators at Nought to Five will create a supportive and inspirational environment. In achieving this, we employ staff who possess a passion for working in early childhood care and education. Our staff team reflects a diversity of education, training and life experience. We recognise them as the professionals they are in this field of work and make every attempt to remunerate them accordingly. We draw upon each individual person's knowledge, experience and talents, encouraging a lively culture of professional enquiry, continual improvement within the National Quality Framework and supporting their participation in regular professional development.