We use a child-centered curriculum based upon the principles, practices and outcomes of the National Early Years Learning Framework – “Belonging, Being and Becoming".
As part of the Lismore community we involve local services and organisations in our service. We advocate for the rights of children and we support families in the preschool and within the wider community.
In relation to children we believe:
- Responsive relationships are integral to effective interactions and engagements with children.
- We scaffold learning and support children to persevere and take on challenges.
- We look for opportunities to engage with and support children as partners in learning, valuing holistic teaching and learning opportunities.
- We believe all children learn best as active learners, when they are seen to be capable and unique and offered opportunities to become critical thinkers.
- Children’s interests and voices are listened to and reflected upon throughout the shared journey of learning.
- To ‘be’ is to live in the here and now – to recognize the value of stillness, value children’s desire for peace and solitude and take time to slow down and listen carefully.
- All children have the capacity to succeed, regardless of their abilities and circumstances and have the right to be valued as individuals, with the necessary support offered to participate and engage in order to achieve high quality learning outcomes.
In relation to educators we believe:
- The diversity and strengths of individuals create the richness of our team.
- We understand that personal wellness and wellbeing are important to effective relationships with children, families and each other.
- We value our own journey of being, belonging and becoming.
- We celebrate individual and team success, recognising opportunities for further knowledge building and personal leadership contributions.
- We recognize our personal philosophies are supported and guided by centre philosophy, built upon the Code of Ethics, Early Years Learning Framework and shared pedagogical best practice theory.
In relation to families, the management committee and the wider community:
- We celebrate cultural traditions and inclusive practice and are committed to building further knowledge around these practices.
- We are committed to working in partnerships with families, challenging issues of inequity and advocating for positive social outcomes for children, families and community.
- We are guided by safe workplace policies, standards and practices.
- We follow lawful policies and procedures and adhere to a commitment of reflection on how to continue to build "better" practice.
- We are committed to open communication and developing partnerships with children, families and the wider community.