Creating confident children in a learning community
Encouraging children to pursue learning together, in an engaging and nurturing environment, supported by dedicated and caring educators.
At Stringybark Child Care Centre we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Cameraygal people, and pay respects to Elders, past, present and future, for they hold the Indigenous memories, traditions, culture and hopes of all Australians.
At stringybark Child Care Centre we believe that children are confident, competent and resourceful learners who are capable of constructing their own knowledge of the world around them. We aim to build relationships that support children to:
Feel a sense of belonging, wellbeing and a strong sense of identity
See themselves as constructive contributors to the community
See themselves as valued, unique and powerful
Learn respect, responsibility and care for each other
Learn a love of nature and respect for the environment and work towards developing environmentally sustainable practices.
Stringybark Child Care Centre incorporates a model of family grouping allowing all age groups and siblings to be together. We believe that children derive positive learning and mentoring opportunities from working and playing with different age groups.
As a dedicated team, we will work in collaborative ways to share our knowledge and expertise. We understand the importance of reflective practice to inform decisions and lead to more detailed understandings of our work with children. We will play and work with children to discover ideas, provide opportunities for learning and engage in active research alongside them. We acknowledge that learning is life-long and we are committed to on-going professional development.
The team of Stringybark Child Care Centre recognises the importance of communication and collaboration between families and educators to form positive relationships and a strong partnership. We will support families in their parenting role and share with them information of benefit to their child's development. We will encourage families to be active participators in the life of the Centre through sharing cultures, ideas, knowledge, strengths and differences. Changes to our practices, environments and program will be made to reflect the voices of children, educators, parental input and community input.
Stringybark Child Care Centre aims to create an indoor and outdoor environment that is natural, inviting, inclusive and rich in possibilities; one that reflects the local community, educators and families who use the service. We set up experiences using a variety of media to empower children to make choices, promote peer relationships and to provoke thoughts and imagination through play and an innovative arts program. Our children share with educators a love for the environments and tell us of the importance of "being able to play with friends, make stuff, look after our plants and do lots of wonderful things".
Through observation and listening, we question and suggest new possibilities to the children and encourage them to search and explore meaning in their lives. Through sustained shared thinking and intentional teaching we document this information and reflect upon it to lead us to informed decision making about the provision of materials and future experiences for children. We will use documentation as a powerful sharing tool and to show children genuine respect for their thinking, allowing them time to re-visit theories and understandings and to question knowledge.
Our Vision Creating confident children in a learning community We acknowledge the work of the educators in Reggio Emilia and incorporate the National Quality Standards (COAG 2012) and the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR 2009) into our daily practices.