Empowering children’s development through play
At Clever Kids Early Learning Centre, we provide an inviting, warm and nurturing environment where children, families and educators feel a sense of belonging.
As educators, we know a child’s early years are a critical development period forming the foundation for their future wellbeing and lifelong learning.
Our practice is guided by the following documents:
• ACECQA’s National Quality Framework
• Victorian Early Years Learning Framework
We also take inspiration from the teachings of theorists such as Lev Vygotsky and Urie Bronfenbrenner.
Relationships with Children
It is important that children and educators at our service form warm and close bonds. Our educators achieve this goal by ensuring that children are cared for in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children are listened to, heard and regarded as active participants in their own learning.
It is also important to provide continuity of care to children, enabling them to build secure, trusting, and nurturing relationships with a small number of educators. Our educators support the development of children’s self-esteem, self-management skills and sense of agency, by treasuring and respecting each child, irrespective of gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic or social background.
Family and Community
At Clever Kids, we acknowledge parents and guardians as being the most significant people in their children’s lives and establishing collaborative relationships between educators and families is vitally important. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in centre events and activities. We also value open and honest communication with our families, respecting their rights and voices.
So we can provide better outcomes for children and their families, we also provide information relating to available services within our community (e.g. pre-school field officer, Connections, Peninsula Health) as well as seeking and welcoming support and advice from external professionals.
Tailored Programs and Curriculum
Children in our care arrive with a ‘virtual school bag’ of knowledge they have already learned at home. As Educators, we believe it is important to build upon this knowledge by using these pre-existing understandings, strengths and interests as starting points in our programs. Engagement with families and the broader community provides us with a deeper knowledge of the children in our care.
By providing tailored indoor and outdoor programs and educator interaction and support during play and daily activity, we foster joyful engagement in learning. Educators involve children in regular reflection and evaluation, allowing them the opportunity to voice personal likes, dislikes, and opinions. Our programs are designed to prepare children for their transition to the wider community and help them become confident, independent and active members of our society.
Our incursions and events encourage engagement and provide learning opportunities. The curriculum is highly influenced by children, families and educators – we welcome your feedback and input!
Our educators are dedicated professionals who are committed to working towards the best outcomes for children and families. Educators participate in regular professional development at staff meetings, therefore fostering continual growth of professional practice – an essential component of our service quality improvement. We believe in encouraging a team approach where all educators are respected and valued for their contributions. Our educators abide by the Early Childhood Code of Ethics, ensuring that consistent, high quality care is provided to children.
Environment and Health
We provide a safe and stimulating environment designed to spark children’s imaginations and promote their creativity. Physical activities are incorporated daily into our indoor/outdoor program to promote fine and gross motor development, hand eye-coordination, balance and a sense of achievement.
We also promote healthy bodies by providing a balanced diet through a comprehensive and varied menu catering to children’s cultural and medical needs.
Educators develop environmental awareness by instilling in children a respect and appreciation for the living environment by sharing knowledge and developing an understanding for sustainable practices to ensure the long-term health of our earth.