Our Philosophy

 

Children

We believe that children are resourceful learners who are capable of constructing their own knowledge of the world around them.  We aim to promote relationships that support children to:

  • Feel safe and secure
  • Feel a sense of belonging
  • Engage in relations of caring and respect 
  • Have the freedom to explore their environment 
  • That play is a valued process for children’s learning 

 

Families

  • We work to support families in their parenting role and share with them information of benefit to their child’s development. 
  • We encourage families to be active participators in the life of the Centre. Through sharing cultures, ideas, knowledge, strengths and differences, we develop a partnership with the families that are beneficial to the child’s learning and development. 
  • Our partnerships with families are based on the foundation of understanding each other’s expectations, attitudes and build the strength of each other’s knowledge. 

 

Environment

  • We aim to create a positive indoor and outdoor environment that is inviting, inclusive and rich in possibilities, one that reflects the local community and the families that use the service, one that promotes respect whilst being safe and healthy. 
  • We believe a sense of wonder, belonging to and love of the natural environment, living things and animals is critical for young children to develop lifelong respectful, proactive attitudes, towards protecting our environment, caring for all living creatures and creating a sustainable environment. 
  • We value risk in the early years. We encourage children to assess risk, challenge themselves and make their own choices. Our Educators believe it is not only possible, but also essential to recognise safety with risk and see the importance of risk in children’s development. 
  • At Rainbow Child Care Centre the children and Educators are actively involved sustainable practices on a daily basis. 

 

Curriculum

  • At Rainbow Child Care Centre we implement a child-centred program based upon the Early Years Learning Framework 
  • We set up areas using a variety of media to empower children to make choices, promote peer relationships and to provoke thoughts and imagination.
  • By observing and listening to the children, we question and suggest new possibilities and encourage them to search and explore meaning in whatever they do. Recording of this information leads to informed decision making about the provision of materials and future experiences for children.

 

Documentation

  • Documentation involves using a variety of methods to record children's thinking and learning.
  • Methods such as photos, drawings, written comments and accounts of a child’s development are tools for understanding learning and allow ideas to be revisited in the future.
  • Documentation shows a child that their work has value and is a powerful medium for sharing with families. 

 

Educators

  • Educators work in a collaborative way sharing knowledge and experience. We work with children to discover ideas, provide opportunities for learning and are researchers alongside the children in our care.
  • We aim to provide a warm, home-like, nurturing and safe environment that encourages the development of the whole child.
  • Are attuned to children’s thoughts and feelings through supporting the development of a strong well being.
  • Respect diversity within the curriculum 
  • Establish positive interactions with children within their learning.
  • Encourage children to learn about their responsibilities with others, to appreciate their relationships and independence as learners and to value collaboration and teamwork. 
  • Incorporate the Early Years Learning Framework into our Centre.
  • We recognise the importance of communication, teamwork and collaboration between families and ourselves, and strive to form positive relationships with all. We acknowledge that learning is life-long and are committed to professional development.
  • We role model and engage in active teamwork to achieve the best possible outcomes for colleagues, families and children. 
  • Recognise that families are children’s most influential teachers; they are activity encouraged at Rainbow to collaborate with us about curriculum decision which will ensure that leaning experiences are meaningful.