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Our Centre

We believe in the value and benefits of quality education and care.

The Modbury Community Children’s Centre aims to provide quality education and care for young children. This compliments care within the family and supports parents/guardians, educators, staff and the community. We implement Primary Care Giving as we believe it establishes a warm secure relationship with the child and also creates a collaborative partnership with the famiiles. 

CHILDREN

Each child will be valued as an individual and each child’s needs and rights respected. The centre will endeavour to provide a happy, secure, clean and sustainable environment where children feel safe both physically and emotionally. We will provide a healthy diet as recommended in the National Quality Standards 2011. 

We believe that children learn through play within a nurturing educational environment, which develops and extends their skills. ‘Play enhances every aspect of children’s development and learning. It is children’s window to the world. Play is so important that its significance in children’s lives is recognized by the United Nations as a specific right in addition to , and distinct from, a child’s right to recreation and leisure’(1). We will create opportunities that foster children’s learning, development and wellbeing as outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). 

The Learning Outcomes as identified in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

  •      Children have a strong sense of identity. 
  •      Children are connected with and contribute to their world 
  •      Children are effective communicators
  •      Children have a strong sense of wellbeing 
  •      Children are confident and involved learners.

The Centre environment will treat and respect people equally regardless of gender, age, socio-economic status, race, language, different values or beliefs and culture.  It aims to provide equal opportunity for boys and girls of all ability levels to be exposed to a wide range of experiences and interactions.  Educators & Staff will respect the skills, abilities and knowledge of all children and ensure that all interactions, experiences and materials support inclusion, equity and diversity.

FAMILIES

We believe families need to be supported and aim to do this by:

  •      establishing a comfortable and welcoming environment so families develop a          sense of belonging
  •      offering opportunities for families to contribute and participate in various ways e.g. Governing Council, sub-committees and centre events 
  •      fostering open communication at all times, both verbal and written between families and the Centre

EDUCATORS & STAFF

We believe our children should be in the care of Educators & Staff who:

  •          ensure the provision of quality education and care
  •          are warm, sensitive, friendly, creative, caring and respectful
  •      are able to effectively communicate with children, parents/guardians and other educators & staff 
  •      are aware of the diversity of family backgrounds
  •      are able to programme for individual children’s development as well as group activities
  •      can be flexible and adaptable
  •      are prepared to work as a part of a team 
  •      are skilled in providing planned indoor and outdoor environments to meet the needs of children

We believe that Educators & Staff have the:

  •      opportunities to participate in centre decision making
  •      to work in a safe and supportive environment
  •      to have opportunities for professional development


COMMUNITY
We aim to make our centre a part of our larger community by taking an interest in other group’s activities and inviting them to share in ours. We also aim to acknowledge the larger communites growing and changing needs.

GOVERNANCE OF CENTRE
The Centre is an Incorporated Body run by a Governing Council consisting of the Director, Staff representative and Parent representatives.

The Council is responsible for the decisions concerning the Centre’ philosophy, finances, educators & staffing, quality of education and care, maintenance of grounds and building, fees, budget allocations and liaising with other community groups.

Governing Council meetings are documented and a summary of the minutes are posted on the notice board in the foyer for interested persons.

We aim to foster mutual support among the Governing Council, Educators, Staff and families. We believe the Governing Council should act in accordance with the philosophy at all times.

Legislation:
Education & Care Services National Law Act 2010
Education & Care Services National Regulations 2011

Source:
Governing Council, Educators, Staff and Families
Early Years Learning Framework
(1)    United Nations – Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 31
Education & Care Services National Law Act 2010
Education & Care Services National Regulations 2011

Links to:  All Policies

Date Policy Created: 1988
Policy Reviewed: January 2016
Next Review: August 2016