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Philosophy

LDCC Philosophy Statement:

At the Loxton District Children’s Centre (Woodleigh) we strive to provide children and families with a warm, caring and nurturing environment to feel safe and secure. We offer a socially and developmentally enriched play based environment and program, where children are supported and encouraged to develop to their full potential.

In relation to children

We believe:

  • In acting in the best interest of all children
  • Acknowledging children as competent learners
  • Each child is unique and individual
  • In developing and maintaining respectful and reciprocal relationships with each child
  • In providing support for children to feel safe, confident and included
  • Meeting individual children’s needs and interests

Therefore we:

  • Implement a program relating to the Early Years Learning Framework
  • Base and implement experiences based on children’s interests, strengths and capabilities
  • Promote children’s strong sense of identity and wellbeing
  • Engage in play opportunities with passion, interacting positively and in a warm, friendly, nurturing manner
  • Implement an inclusive approach, including children with additional needs

In relation to families

We believe:

  • In assisting with a sense of belonging and inclusion
  • Developing and maintain positive relationships
  • In respecting the uniqueness of each family
  • Developing partnerships
  • Developing shared planning and practices for children’s learning

Therefore we:

  • Will welcome, value and encourage participation from families
  • Maintain open communication- sharing mutual trust and communicating positively- honest conversations
  • Listen and respect family culture, lifestyles and beliefs
  • Communicate about the program- encourage participation

In relation to staff

We believe:

  • Building collaborative professional relationships based on trust, respect and honesty
  • Acknowledging and supporting personal strengths, experience and diversity which other co- workers bring to work
  • Sharing and building knowledge, experience and resources
  • Professionalism

Therefore we:

  • Listen and respect each others opinions and thoughts
  • Provide regular meetings- staff/ room/ leaders
  • Openly communicate
  • Maintain consistency in each room
  • Following and adhering to the Centre Code of Conduct

In relation to communities:

We believe:

  • Devising programs which are inclusive
  • Learning together within an inclusive community
  • In connecting with people, services and support agencies to support children, families and staff
  • Work with others to enhance children’s health and wellbeing

Therefore we:

  • Engage in local community events
  • Encourage visitors to the service
  • Work closely with families, services and children to provide support

In relation to the program

We believe:

  • Developing a curriculum to enhance children’s learning and development
  • The foundation of the program is based on children’s current knowledge, interests and strengths, ideas, culture and abilities
  • Documentation is to be available to families
  • Each child is to be supported to participate in the program

Therefore we:

  • Ensure an ongoing programming cycle of planning, documenting and evaluating
  • All educators and children participate in the program
  • Encourage families, visitors and communities to participate
  • Acknowledge the whole child
  • Display programs, routine, learning journal, photos, artwork for families
  • Support and encourage children- role modelling and active participation

In relation to the environment

We believe:

  • Providing built and natural environments
  • Implementing and embedding sustainable practices
  • Supporting children to become socially responsible
  • Providing a play based environment

Therefore we:

  • Provide a variety of natural and man-made resources
  • Developing the outdoor play space
  • Implement natural materials/ resources inside
  • Educating children and supporting the care of natural environments- plants, vegetable gardens, animals etc
  • Educate children, staff and families in centre sustainable practices