Caboolture Christian Children’s Centre

Philosophy Statement

 

Caboolture Christian Children’s Centre has a philosophy of childcare based upon sound Christian beliefs from the bible which are embedded in our programs, relationships and practices. We believe that every child is a unique and special gift from God. We will support each child to have a strong sense of belonging, know their Identity and become confident and engaged learners through loving and caring interactions with both children, their families and each other.

 

Educational Programs

Our Educators will purposefully scaffold children’s learning based on children’s interests, interactions, open-ended questions in collaboration with families, community and our Christian Curriculum. The program will be play based and focus on the holistic development of each child, supporting them in their individual strengths and abilities all the while sharing Christian beliefs throughout the curriculum in a non-bias way instilling an awareness of God’s love for all individuals and introducing the values of God’s word.

Our programs are also guided by the requirements of the National Quality Standards, Early Years Learning Framework; QLD Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the My Time Our Place.  

 

Health and Wellbeing  

God asks us to care for ourselves and others. We do this in a range of ways from promoting and providing physical activity, minimising risks, managing illness and injury, ensuring effective hygiene, and providing adequate sleep, rest and nutritional requirements. We will ensure that each child feels safe and secure by fostering children’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, building resilience and self-belief. We encourage children to take responsibility for and learn about their own health and wellbeing also.  We believe that each child deserves the right to feel protected and will identify and respond accordingly to children at risk of abuse or neglect.

 

Environment  

As Christians we believe that God asks us to care for the world He created. Our centre will encourage children to learn about the world around them throughout the programs and to care for the environment, showing respect for living and non-living environments. We will provide inclusive, flexible and meaningful play spaces to encourage exploration, investigation, problem solving and promoting sustainable practices.

 

Educators  

Educators will work collaboratively towards a common goal of providing consistent, high quality education and care to children and their families with kindness, gentleness and respect. Educators and colleagues will build supportive relationships which are underpinned by the ECA code of ethics and the service philosophy and Bible based values. Educators will take a reflective approach to their own pedagogical practices, challenge and support Co Educators all the while building on their own professional inquiries. 

 

Children

Educators will interact positively with children and build relationships which respect and value the rights of every child. Through inclusive and equitable practices Educators will model Christian values, support and nurture interactions; encouraging children to have meaningful relationships with others. Educators will support children to regulate their own behaviour and respond and communicate effectively to resolve conflicts ensuring all children feel secure and included.

 

Families and Community

Educators will ensure families feel welcome and are encouraged to actively participate in the development of their child’s individual learning. This will be achieved by effective collaboration with families so that educators are aware of each child interests, strengths, abilities and their cultural backgrounds.  We view early education and care as a partnership with families recognising them as the children’s most influential teachers. Our service will build relationships and engage the with local community, including the indigenous community to build links with appropriate agencies; supporting families and children’s wellbeing.

Our Service acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of Australia and actively gives recognition and respect to the Elders of this land; past, present and future.

 

Management

We are committed to continuous improvement through supportive leadership, management and administrative systems, reflective practice and the development of policies and procedures that align with the current Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations. We believe that this Philosophy guides all aspects of our services practices and procedures.