Our Philosophy

  • Cherry Blossom Early Learning Centre is within the traditional lands of the Dharug and Gundungurra people and wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.
    We would also like to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.
    • We believe that children are entitled to quality education and services, and therefore we will endeavour to provide these. Our commitment is to nurture, care and embrace all children who attend our centre. We understand that the first five years of life are critical in shaping little people and we will work towards providing a welcoming, safe and creative environment with diverse opportunities to learn.
    • We believe that each child’s learning is highly valuable to later life competencies, and we will facilitate experiences that will provide opportunities for children to realise their potential. We believe that children are active and capable learners and therefore we will implement an educational program that allows for flexibility, is meaningful and is based on each child’s interests. We believe that a child’s education best takes place within a play-based program that is prepared and evaluated by knowledgeable Educators. We will provide children with opportunities to engage in significant and meaningful experiences to enhance their learning development.
    • We believe that parents are the first teachers of children. Therefore we will embrace and encourage parent participation and involvement within our centre, as well as in our program development. We acknowledge the critical importance of children, parents and educators as partners in a learning community that promotes the wellbeing, education and development of all children.
    • We recognise and value the knowledge and commitment of educators and fully support their continuing professional learning. Educators will engage in critical reflection of the philosophy, ethics and practice to enrich decision making about children’s learning. We believe that children are individuals within a group and so we will respect their rights and choices.
    • We believe in the diversity of our community and will reflect this diversity within our centre as an integral part of the program and daily experience.

    References:

    Education and Care Services National Regulations under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011)

    Education and Care Services National Law Act (2010)

    Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority National Quality Framework Resource Kit (2011)

    ECA Code of Ethics

    Lady Gowrie Policy Document

    Privacy in NSW Children’s Services

    Health and Safety in NSW Child Care Centres

     

    Last Reviewed Date : Sep 2015