The health, safety and emotional well-being 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 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 for Australia:
- Belonging (Family, culture, community, well-being)
- 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.
- Parents and staff share in decision making to maintain a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.
- Individual identity is valued, diversity is respected, equity implications are considered, and cultural competence is promoted.
- 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 holistic knowledge of the child is respected and makes a significant contribution to the development of quality play-based programs.
- Ongoing 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.