At Lee’s Learning Centre we value and believe in a homelike atmosphere within a caring and stimulating environment in which all children can feel safe and secure. Each child is a valued individual with unique interests and strengths and we give children the freedom to choose activities they are most interested in. Staff guide children to make positive choices about their learning and development.
Developmental play enables children to learn through concrete “hands-on” experiences such as doing, experimenting, predicting, achieving and making mistakes. We believe all children, families and staff have a right to be treated with fairness and equity, have the same opportunities for participation and are accepted as valued members of the community. We recognise that relationships are important to a child’s health, well being and development.
A Variety Of Perspectives About Child Learning
Through current theories, professional knowledge and understanding of child learning and developmental practices we aim to enrich each child’s experiences so that they develop a sense of self-achievement. Through implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework and the NSW National Quality Framework we build on children’s interests and knowledge as individuals within the group and wider community. We encourage their self help skills and promote a positive attitude to encourage high self worth, as we believe if a child is confident they will have the ability to do anything they set their minds to, now and into the future. This encourages lifelong strong emotional intelligence that gives children the ability to cope with life’s challenges.
The Importance Of The Early Childhood Years
Children under 6 years old are constantly learning. Most of a child’s learning actually takes place during these years. All of the experiences a child has in this time contribute to the kind of people they will eventually become. Learning and development takes place through the medium of the child exploring their environment. The most common term for this form of learning is “play”.
The Importance Of Play
Play is the means by which young children develop their physical, intellectual and emotional skills. As they play, they learn to socialise, to consider others and the give and take of human relationships. The environment that stimulates growth and development through play also helps extend and promote the adaptability and creativity of the child.
Children’s Place In The Community
We acknowledge the valuable contribution that the community in general can make towards the holistic development of each child. We do this by fostering links between the children, their families and the broader community.
Diversity, Fairness And Social Justice
We support the principles of social justice. All children and families of all abilities, from religious, cultural or linguistically diverse backgrounds are treated equitably and are valued and included in all aspects of the Centre and the community. We believe all children, families and staff have a right to be treated with fairness and equity, have the same opportunities for participation and are accepted as valued members of the community.
We acknowledge and respect the many differing social and cultural backgrounds of children in our care and the experiences these bring from the home environment. Respecting the needs, feelings and property of others is a mutual practice which assists in the development of compassion in others regardless of age. We provide an anti-bias program as this encourages children’s awareness of similarities between people, and it teaches them respect for individuals regardless of gender, religion, culture, race, physical or intellectual abilities.