At Geebung C&K we believe that it is important to:
- Nurture the growth of the whole child: the child’s intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic, moral and physical abilities.
- Recognise that play is an essential means through which learning takes place.
- Recognise that learning is an active, ongoing process and that children learn most readily through interaction with the physical and social environment.
- Recognise that children: learn in an integrated and holistic fashion: are active learners: and need concrete, “hands on”, meaningful experiences.
We believe it is important to provide an environment:
- That is safe, secure and non-threatening: where self-esteem, independence and co-operation are fostered; where opportunities and facilities enhance the development of the whole child in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom, dignity and respect.
- That is child centred, play orientated and allows for child initiated and child directed activities.
- That helps the child prepare for life in a changing world by promoting the development of life skills and competencies.
- That supports interaction and co-operative problem solving skills and assists children to develop and practice conflict resolution skills.
- Where affection, understanding, acceptance and encouragement is give freely, regardless of culture, gender, race or religion.
We believe as teachers, it is important to:
- Recognise and cater for individual needs including the differences in beliefs, experiences, values, family, cultural and community backgrounds.
- Recognise that children’s experience and association within the family group is part of their total learning and therefore actively support and encourage, continued parent involvement in the child’s care and education.
- Provide child-centred, relevant, and challenging and developmentally appropriate programs based on observations of individuals and groups of children.
- Provide positive guidance and discipline, to enable children to work towards self-discipline.
- Foster in children the need to co-operate with others and to respect the rights and needs of others.
- Help foster children’s skills to accumulate knowledge, adopt attitudes and values that will help to equip them for day to day and future encounters.
- Continually monitor and evaluate: the children’s progress and development; the curriculum; and our teaching strategies, styles and effectiveness.
- Ensure children are positively influenced by the attitudes and personal examples set.
- Continue to have; ongoing professional development; to explore new ideas and to keep up to date with current educationalists.
- Establish a working relationship and rapport with children, parents and colleagues by being open and receptive to individual needs and educational views.
- Advocate for early childhood education.