Statement of Principles

Tasman Park Children’s Centre is committed to following our core aims and beliefs in our philosophy and in our mission statement.

These principles are:

Mission Statement

  • At Tasman Park Children’s Centre, we believe that early childhood development is the key to the future.

 

  • We will endeavour to nurture and develop the special individual qualities each child possesses to begin their journey through life with confidence and curiosity.

 

At Tasman Park Children’s Centre, we believe we are partners with our families and will endeavour to work together to provide a happy and safe learning environment for each child.

We are committed to being accessible to all families and will embrace cultural and social differences within our community.

Aims

  • To provide a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment for the children and their families attending the centre.

  • To respect and encourage parental involvement in the development of the curriculum by working in partnership with our            parents.

  • Incorporate the children’s interest into our curriculum allowing the children to develop to their fullest potential.

  • For children to become active, eager and resilient in their pursuit of knowledge through formal education, play and incidental learning.

  • To respect the rights and cultural beliefs of all who attend our centre.

  • To provide a positive and supportive environment allowing educators to develop their professional skills with confidence.  

  • To become an integral part of the St Georges Basin Community by liaising with other children’s services and professionals in our area.

  • For Tasman Park Children’s Centre to continually evolve to maintain a high quality of care to the children attending the centre.

  • To maintain an aesthetically pleasing home like environment by minimising signage and commercial childcare equipment and displays.

  • To encourage face to face exchange of information with parents to develop personal relationships with our families using the service rather than the use of impersonal charts etc

  • Where ever possible to source services and products from local people in our community.
     

“Part of the educators’ job is to carefully create beautiful, calm and uncluttered learning spaces for children, so they can move around the room easily, choose their own activity and focus on their own work." 

 

Montessori

Philosophy

  • At Tasman Park Children’s Centre we believe we are partners with our families and will endeavour to work together to provide a happy and safe learning environment for each child.

 

  • We are committed to being accessible to all families and will embrace cultural and social differences within our community.

 

  • Our philosophy, program and policies will be written in a relevant and user friendly format. This will encourage families to be confident when contributing to our program.

 

  • The individuality of our staff members will be recognised, respected and encouraged to allow staff the confidence to develop their skills and professionalism.

 

  • Our program reflects the importance and value of play in a child’s learning and we incorporate the interests of the child within our environment. In conjunction with The Early Years Learning Framework, our transitional approach to school and encouragement and guidance, the children will develop confidence in themselves as young citizens in their community.

 

Being an early childhood learning facility, we are also part of the community and regard the families of the children as part of our family. We are committed to high quality care and will reflect on our practices annually through our quality improvement plan.

 

  • As Tasman Park Children’s Centre continues its journey, our knowledge, thoughts and experiences will evolve and remain flexible in response to the community’s needs.

 

Tasman Park Children’s Centre identifies with a variety of Theorists and have based our teaching models from these sources. Some of these include:

 

- Bronfenbrenner

  • “Children grow and develop within a number of different relationship systems that we can imagine as being one inside another like a series of nested Russian dolls.  

  •  The child is affected by, and affects each system.

  •  Each system affects and is affected by the other systems—it is all connected and interconnected. “

Steiner

  • “Educators need to provide rhythm and structure in the children’s day

  • It is important to nurture the senses though beauty”

Montessori

  • “Part of the educators’ job is to carefully create beautiful, calm and uncluttered learning spaces for children, so they can move around the room easily, choose their own activity and focus on their own work.  

 

  •  It is important for children to learn to be responsible for caring for themselves, for others and their environment simple play materials, and furniture that is ‘child sized’ help children can manage their own environment.“ 

 

Skinner

  • “Breaking down big tasks into smaller tasks helps children learn new skills more easily.

  • Giving children a chance to practice new skills works better than just telling or showing them

 

  • Children learn much better with rewards rather than punishments”