COORANBONG VALLEY COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL (CVC) PHILOSOPHY

Preamble

Our philosophy is underpinned by the Principles of the NQF. We believe the quality of the service we provide is enhanced with the consistent application of the seven quality areas in the National Standard (NQS) and the Principles, Practices and Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). We recognise the ECA Code of Ethics and value and uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

CVC Preschool acknowledge the Aboriginal people as the first peoples of this nation and respectfully acknowledge the Awabakal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the preschool stands.

At CVC Preschool we believe critically reflecting on children’s learning and development both individually and in groups will deliver a deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful curriculum. We offer a flexible routine that is responsive to the evolving nature of the children’s interests and abilities and we actively seek family and community input to ensure the learning experiences are meaningful. We believe in offering a play-based curriculum that is supported by the work of theorists Bruner, Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner and guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Our educators recognise the importance of promoting the Munch & Move NSW Health physical activity and healthy eating initiative with children and families. We provide daily physical activity and guide children and families towards sound food habits through conversation, resources, policy and practice.

CVC Preschool recognise it has a duty of care to ensure that children are provided with a nurturing environment that provides for their needs for comfort, rest and relaxation in a range of different ways. Educators believe educator placement, teamwork, quality adult and child engagement, being in the present and developing safety guidelines with children provides effective supervision and a safe environment.

Our preschool believes play is essential for children’s learning and that children learn most effectively in an unhurried and meaningful environment. Our preschool physical surrounds provide stimulating opportunities for play, exploration and adventure in a natural rural landscape of blue and green.

Educators are committed to environmentally sustainable practices and educate children to recognise that small actions can have big environmentally friendly outcomes.

Our preschool believes our Support Inclusion Plan (SIP), Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Policies, Philosophy and Professional Practice evidence our commitment to a curriculum that fosters children’s learning and development.

CVC Code of Ethics recognises educators as individuals and respects the knowledge, skills, training and experience they bring to their role. We value that we are a small team, which enables children to experience continuity of care. Our educators respect and honour diversity and celebrate differences in others, as well as acknowledging, accepting and reflecting each person and their family values, cultural beliefs, abilities and language in all aspects of the learning environment. CVC educators believe the rights of children should be upheld and the voices of children acknowledged and are committed to providing them with opportunities to make choices, explore, observe, play, problem-solve and imagine.

CVC educators recognise that children bring family and community ways of being, belonging and becoming to our early childhood setting. By building on these experiences we help all children to feel secure, confident and included and to experience continuity in how to be and how to learn.

CVC Preschool believes building relationships and partnerships with both educators and children and educators and families is at the heart of our practice.

We provide opportunities for families to share in the decision-making about their child’s learning and development through committee and parent meetings, surveys, daily conversation, policy reviews, events and celebrations.

CVC Preschool recognises the importance of connecting with and building relationships with our local community. We believe we have formed a supportive relationship with our local church, health and community services, aged residents, library, schools and businesses.

CVC Preschool recognises that children need warm, supportive and trusting adults to support them through their feelings and deal with situations in more positive ways. With this in mind, the preschool has adopted and embedded the ‘Zones of Regulation’ curriculum into the daily program with a view to enriching children’s mental health and wellbeing and improve educational and social and emotional outcomes.

CVC Preschool recognise that open communication, honesty and integrity, active relationship building, innovation and developing leadership skills shapes a quality service. The operations and policies are dedicated towards providing excellent service with respect, tolerance, understanding, kindness and concern for our preschool community. CVC preschool values a professional learning community and provides opportunities and support for professional development, self-assessment and quality improvement.

We believe effective leadership develops a culture of respect and effective decision-making. Our committee members bring a diverse range of skills and knowledge and are committed to deliver service growth, financial stability and effectively utilise the available facilities to ensure the long-term viability of the service.

Adopted February 2020

References

Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
UN convention on the Rights of the Child
ECA Code of Ethics
CVC Code of Ethics
Education and Care Services National Regulations
Child Protection Act 2011