Philosophy

  

The health, safety and emotional wellbeing of children and staff is paramount.  An environment where children, staff and visitors feel valued, comfortable and supported provides the platform on which to build responsive, nurturing, inclusive, and reciprocal relationships.  Effective relationships in turn allow learning to be enhanced.

Our philosophy mirrors the key principles used within the Early Years Learning Framework V2 for Australia:

  • Belonging (Family, culture, community, wellbeing)
  • Being (Effective Relationship)
  • Becoming (Enhanced Learning)

Major principles in place to support this philosophy include:

  • The National Quality Framework for Australia informs the operational practices, policies and standards and the Adventures’ curriculum.
  • Children have the right to play and rest.
  • Inclusion of all children through universal design for learning approaches including the establishment of suitable goals, methods, materials, accessibility, and assessments for learning.
  • Parents and staff share in decision making to maintain a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.
  • Individual identity is valued, diversity is respected, cultural competence, and equity is promoted.
  • Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultures are valued.
  • The voice of the child is respected and influences the content and delivery of Adventures’ learning programs.
  • Meaningful engagement with families and the community promote strong connections between learning environments.
  • Regular assessment of learning outcomes and critical reflection of teaching practices form the foundations for future program and policy development.
  • The professional judgement of Adventures’ educators and their knowledge of the child is respected by management regarding the care of each child, the development of programs, and assessment for learning.
  • Professional development is necessary to maintain educator’s knowledge and their ability to provide excellent care and education.
  • Continuity of care is important for children to develop genuine, nurturing relationships and a true sense of belonging.
  • The protection of children is foremost, and staff are mandated to report any child at risk of significant harm.

References:

  • National Quality Framework 2009
  • Education and Care Services National Regulation 2017
  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
  • National Quality Standards 2018
  • Early Years Learning Framework V2
  • ECA Code of Ethics – Ethics in Action 2017
  • Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1998

Last Reviewed: December 2023