Our Philosophy

 

Horizons Childhood Learning Centres believe community is a vital part of our centre. We aim to promote that sense of community using a holistic approach that caters for the needs of all children, parents, families, caregivers and community that come into contact with our service.

Our belief:
Every child has the right to feel safe and secure; physically and emotionally
We act to:
• Encourage and build each child’s self-esteem and sense of agency.
• Allow opportunity to embrace and respect children’s home routines and rituals.
• Develop trusting, nurturing relationships between children and educators.
• Provide an environment that is safe yet is still stimulating and welcoming.

Our belief:
Every child is important, unique and special.
We act to:
• Promote and incorporate child’s voices into daily practices.
• Provide a nurturing educational environment which reflects each child’s uniqueness in language, culture, customs, religious beliefs, spirituality and values.
• Embrace each child’s uniqueness allowing them to express their ideas, creativity and feelings naturally and freely.

Our belief:
Parents/guardians and families are the first significant and constant caregivers in children’s lives and that positive family to educator relationships will allow us to collaboratively work together to promote positive early years education and care.
We act to:
• Support parents in their role.
• Encourage the ongoing exchange of information in a respectful manner.
• Welcome parent/family participation, input and voices into our programs and practices.
• Provide parents / families with information relating to other services available to them within the community.

Our belief:
Children learn best through play and that early year’s education should have an emphasis on fun.
We act to:
• Initiate co-programing between educators and children.
• Allow children time to develop their own child’s sense of autonomy, responsibility and independence.
• Encourage children to show respect for their environment and recognise their responsibility in the preservation of their world.

Our belief:
Critical reflection is the best way to update our teaching values and strategies in order to provide a high quality learning environment.
We act to:
• Challenge staff to see possibilities for extending and deepening their learning, as there is always something new to learn.
• Involve children in regular reflection experiences, allowing opportunity to voice personal likes, dislikes and opinions.
• Provide opportunities to parents/families via surveys, bi monthly newsletters and conversations with educators.
• Network with agencies and services to share resources and develop a support network to benefit all.

Our belief:
Embracing the strengths of individual educators is essential for the provision of quality care within the centre.
We act to:
• Encourage ongoing staff professional development.
• Provide an environment that is supportive of individual’s needs, especially in relation to their professional and emotional needs.

Implemented July 2013