At Children’s Corner Learning Centre we strongly believe in providing an environment for children where they feel safe, secure and supported. We strive to create an ideal learning environment for each child to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually, ensuring that our practices are responsive to the needs and involvement of our children and families.
We believe that children learn through play and as such we have created an environment of open ended, explorative and tactile experiences in which children can use their senses to discover, grow and learn. Children are supported to function independently allowing them to respond to their natural instinct to explore and learn to develop their creativity and imagination. Our service aims to promote healthy lifestyles, good nutrition and the well being of all children, ensuring they are provided with high quality nutritious meals, support with recognising their need for comfort or physical needs, and including physical activity in their daily lives.
Children’s individual routines are incorporated into the program through consultation with families, ensuring that regular communication and routine discussions are responsive to the child’s needs and ever-changing routines as they grow and develop. We believe that providing predictable environments for children supports them to build a sense of trust within their learning environment and form strong attachments with educators. As routines develop, children’s sense of agency is supported to enable them to make positive choices about their place in the world, their routines and engagement; developing an individual sense of responsibility, confidence, independence and a healthy self-esteem.
We support children in learning how to regulate their own behaviour as well as ensuring children are acknowledged for positive decision-making in regards to their behaviour, including communicating effectively when resolving disagreement with others, developing a strong sense of empathy and kindness as well as building a strong sense of democratic and ethical principles. We believe in learning by example and therefore use role modelling as well as positive reinforcement to encourage children to engage in co-operative, pro-social behaviour, build their resilience and feel safe and confident to respectfully express their feelings.
We believe in making learning visible and as such, our documentation and evidence of children’s progress in their learning and development is viewed as an important tool in the learning process and encourages positive interactions amongst children, parents and educators. We utilise a range of respectful and collective methods to engage our families in planning in partnership and foster a collaborative approach between families, children and educators in designing and delivering the educational program. This includes utilising observations to develop formative and summative assessments that inform our planning as well as recording spontaneous teachable moments that capture children’s knowledge and skills and extend upon them in real time. Our aim is to extend upon the experiences and learning the children encounter at home therefore creating a strong connection between home and the centre.
Our focus is to build on each child’s strengths, whilst recognising and supporting the child’s developmental journey, providing an opportunity for children to visually see and celebrate their achievements and receive acknowledgement and encouragement in their future endeavours.
Our service promotes and values cultural diversity and equality for all children, families and educators, respecting the expertise of parents in their knowledge of their child, and supporting parenting competency. We respect the existing and emerging identity of the child in context of their family and we aim to support and guide them in their exploration of different identities, points of view and family practices, guiding children in their sense of respect and appreciation of others. We have a great sense of community within our centre and hold family input and involvement in the highest regard. We believe families are the most important people in their child’s life and we welcome them to share their journey here with us.