At Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten, we come together as a community focused team to ensure each child in our centre is safe and empowered by receiving not only an education but gaining life skills such as respect, confidence and a disposition for learning. We recognise that the behaviours and experiences we teach children in these early years, have an impact on who they will become.
Maintaining high expectations of ourselves as a team ensures we have relevant and current knowledge of the Early Childhood sector, which enables us to have high expectations of children. Teaching them to be independent, effective communicators and to be children who are capable, successful learners on a continuous learning journey.
We encourage and provide opportunities for children to engage with their world, both within the service and involving a network in the wider community, creating a sense of belonging for children and families to be a part of. We respect that the partnership between families and educators fosters best outcomes for children. The inclusion of cultural and social diversities through daily practice and celebration aids us to embrace the abilities of all families, and to provide all children the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives, including the acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
At Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten, we strive to be present in the moment, embracing that mistakes and changes occur as it demonstrates growth, continuous learning and commitment. We support and guide emotional intelligence, encouraging children to express their needs, feelings and form positive habits and relationships with others to build children with resilience.
Allowing children to become proactive members of their own learning journey gives them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves, have consideration for others developing self-respect stemming from the respect children are given. The children learn through play and practice; a balance of routine and spontaneity must be present to support development in self-help skills, language and literacy, physical aspects, respect for the environment and social interaction. It is also our responsibility to ensure sustainable practices are embedded into children’s everyday routines.
From observing and understanding each child’s developmental stages and their interests we are able to tailor diverse experiences in which children use play to extend their learning. Through child initiated and intentional teaching experiences, a thousand opportunities become available. To complete the planning cycle, we reflect on the learning and interactions, the child and also our role as an educator, ensuring best practice outcomes are achieved.
The team at Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten aspire to make memories and help shape the children we educate. Through honesty and commitment, we achieve this by building respectful relationships with families and children; creating a home-like environment where the best interest of children is always our priority.