At Redland Bay Early Education Centre each child is valued equally as competent and capable learners where their interests, strengths and needs are integrated into a curriculum towards the principles, practices and learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework.
The Early Years Learning Framework focuses on much more than how children develop. It focuses on relationships and partnerships with both educators and children as well as educators and families. We believe in each child’s capacities to succeed, regardless of their diverse circumstances and abilities.
We believe that learning should be holistic which is rich in diversity, inclusive and advocates for the rights of children. We believe that the curriculum should be based on what children know, can do and understand. It should be co-constructed with the children emerging from their own ideas, family input, and supported by responsive educators who intentionally teach skills, concepts and processes within the context of the engagement.
We believe children’s learning is enhanced through meaningful interactions and play experiences where children’s curiosity is stimulated. We strive to provide a flexible routine where lengths of time are available to discover, create, explore, improvise, imagine, build independence and their disposition for learning is promoted. We also believe children have the right to be heard and have the right to express their opinions and have their ideas valued.
We respect and recognise children as ‘active citizens’ from diverse backgrounds, beliefs and each is treated with respect and dignity. We strive to provide a safe and secure environment and build trusting relationships with all children that enhances their ‘sense of belonging' and wellbeing which supports their social, emotional and physical needs.
We believe that belonging is experienced in all forms including emotional, social, cultural, moral, ethical and spiritual as well as political and legal. Belonging encompasses different dimensions which are interconnected within the centre community in all that we strive to achieve.
We value the environment as the ‘third teacher’ as we believe that the aesthetically pleasing environments and nature act as an active contributor to children’s learning.
We value partnerships with families as these are the most influential people in their children’s lives. We continually strive to create a welcoming environment to promote positive reciprocal relationships, where families are encouraged to contribute family input, share ideas, knowledge and skills.
We value the contribution and links within the local and wider community such as schools, libraries, early childhood organisations and family support agencies. We as educators will be guided at all times by the Early Childhood Code of Ethics (2006), National Quality Framework and all Early Education and Care Legislation.
We pride ourselves as Early Childhood professionals who respect each other as a unique contributor within a visionary team. We value constant reflection of ourselves, our practices and the need to access ongoing professional development.
We focus on encouraging children to develop a love for learning, for this is the foundation that each child will build their future learning experiences on.
We endeavour to create an environment where children feel welcome, safe, secure, valued and loved as well as an environment where families leave their children in our care with peace of mind knowing they are in capable and loving hands.
-The centre is family run and it certainly has that feel to it. All the staff know all my children's names and make my son's drop off's a breeze .
-We all feel at home at the centre. The staff are well established within the centre, know you by name when greeting you, and I have always felt extremely comfortable leaving my children there.