Philosophy 2011– Qiimaha qodobada
Early Childhood is a precious part of life and period of incredible growth, change and joy for both families and children. Childhood should be a time where children have the opportunity to investigate, discover, learn and explore with wonder the amazing world around them. Children should be encouraged and have the opportunity to build stable relationships, the freedom to socialise and develop independence and the opportunity to grow and formulate ideas about the world as a whole.
As Early Childhood professionals and as advocates for quality, play based early learning programs, we believe that children can learn and achieve best in a supportive, warm, challenging environment that allows for the full and healthy development of the individual. We believe that this can only be achieved through creating a warm, homelike environment, by employing qualified early childhood professionals, through close collaboration with the families and the wider community and by valuing the unique contribution that each individual can make to the fabric of our centre.
Our centre acknowledges that each person who enters our setting has something different and special to contribute; values and traditions, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender and experience. We respect and value these ideals and believe that incorporating these into our centre helps to encourage family and community unity.
Our educational philosophy is centred around play being essentially ‘work’ for a child and that this is the best way for children to learn about the world around them. As a whole centre, we support the ideal that play encourages children to develop essential skills that they will use for the rest of their lives and also help to instil a life long love of learning. We feel that play is the foundation of a child’s learning; active play, spontaneous play, voluntary play based on children’s intrinsic needs, interests and logic. When play is used like this as the basis for learning, we believe children will have a stronger desire to learn as the process of learning becomes the focus rather then the outcome. We aim as part of our play based curriculum to also teach all children about tolerance, respect and understanding for others and encourage all who enter our centre to have the self-assurance and belief in being able to discourage bias and discrimination.
It is therefore with strong conviction and great passion that we emphasise our belief that by nurturing and encouraging unique individuals to grow and develop, we will impart skills and confidence that will allow children to become healthy, well adjusted human beings with a desire to continue to learn. The staff at Holland Park Child Care Centre look forward to sharing the special moments and memories that we will share with your family as you become a part of our family!
A child is like a butterfly…
A child is like a butterfly in the wind,
Some can fly higher than others;
But each one flies the best it can.
Why compare one against the others?
Each one is different!
Each one is special!
Each one is beautiful!