We see children as unique and capable individuals, who come to Liberty Preschool with their own interests, talents, skills, and ideas. We as professional staff are well trained and passionate. We value, respect and appreciate this uniqueness. We feel children have a right to be active participants in their own learning and must be empowered to express their views and ideas. A child’s opinion must be valued for its validity to their perspective and their autonomy and each child’s initiative needs to be respected.
We as staff will protect and cherish the innocence of children and thus provide a safe and secure environment. As we unpack the Early Years Learning Framework we will work alongside your child to actively promote each child’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills.
We acknowledge that family is the most important and influential aspect in the lives of young children and the significance of their relationships within their family cannot be underestimated. We aim to ensure we involve parents and families into all aspects of the programs development and implementation. We strive to develop positive, mutually respectful relationships with each family member as we work in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for all. We believe that working in partnerships with families is central to ensuring continuity and progression in a child’s learning, development and future success.
In Early Childhood Education the curriculum is not the focus, the children are. We believe that a meaningful, integrated, emergent curriculum using Early Years Learning Framework as the framework is the most beneficial to children’s learning across all developmental domains. A curriculum in which children are active participants and collaborators allows for a more individualistic and meaningful involvement by the children. We believe children are unique individuals who develop at their own rate, and thus by providing enriching, meaningful and realistic opportunities children will explore, create, discover, and imagine. Our programs reflect both planned and spontaneous experiences designed to support children’s development in all domains.
Through the implementation and application of the Early Years Learning Framework parents and families will see:
- All our staff use intentional teaching, (it’s deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful).
- All our staff engage in intentional teaching and recognise that learning occurs in social contexts.
- All our staff believe that all interactions and conversations are vitally important for learning.
- All our staff actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills (Early Years Learning Framework).
For the staff of our early childhood setting, team work and effective communication are essential requirements for positive outcomes across all aspects of the Services’ functioning, for ‘together everyone achieves more”. We firmly adhere to all principles of team work to ensure that the service we deliver is a team collaborative approach for the benefit of each child and their respective families.
Liberty Preschool’s staff are responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests. We do value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure the child’s motivation and engagement in learning (Early Years Learning Framework).
We aim to create an environment of trust and respect, where we work towards achieving a shared goal.
Ongoing education and training is a critical aspect of staff’s professional development. It is through accurate evaluation and assessment, which occurs when we critically reflect on our actions, that we are able to identify areas which may be considered a skill and those which may need further development. We use a staff appraisal process which identifies the strengths and areas requiring further development to direct each staff members professional development pathway.
We recognise our staff as our Service’s most precious resource and we aim to provide them with a satisfying and safe working environment. Further we also appreciate the experience and skills of all staff. We appreciate their dedication as an integral element of the success of our Service.
We strive to be seen as a Service of Excellence within the Greenacre community, a Service which values community involvement in all aspects of our program. We strive to be a service where community resources are utilised effectively, to enhance the growth and development of individual children, families, and staff.
Children inherit connections to the natural world and, as staff, we understand that children often develop their ideas and understandings of the world around them from the information presented to them by the significant adults in their lives. As we are one of these significant adults, we have a responsibility to present a positive approach to the environment. We also embrace diversity within our Service and the wider community, so that children view this diversity with a sense of appreciation and wonder rather than misunderstanding and fear. Through mutual respect, acknowledgement, appreciation and acceptance of diversity within our diverse community, our Service will embrace, celebrate and share traditions and cultures throughout our program.
Learning environments are welcoming spaces when they reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families participating in the setting and respond to their interests and needs. Our Service will cater for different capacities and learning styles and invite children and families to contribute ideas, interests and questions (Early Years Learning Framework).