The Wind in the Willows Child Care aims to provide a broad range of child-initiated play, intentional teaching from highly educated practitioners and firm interactions from our families and the community, which assist the social and, emotional, creative and physical development of children while maintaining a home-like an environment.
Educators are responsive to all children's strengths skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning. Early childhood educators take a holistic approach they pay attention to children's physical, person, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as well as a cognitive aspect of learning.
For the children we aim to:
- Be responsive to children
- Plan and implement learning through play and this will be evident in all areas of our curriculum
- Intentional teaching
- Create Physical and social learning
- Create an environment that has a positive impact on children's learning
- Value the cultural and social context of child and their families
- Provide continuity in experiences and enable children to have successful transitions
- Access and monitor children's learning to inform provision and to support the child in achieving learning outcomes.
We understand it is equally important to listen to the understandings each family has for the being, belonging and becoming of their children.
Educators recognise the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning; Educators recognise that families are children's first and most influential teachers.
A partnership with a family is about listening to:
- Value each other's knowledge of each child
- Value each other's contribution to and the roles in each child's life
- Trust each other
- Communicate freely and respectfully with each other
- Share insights and perspectives about each child
- Engage in shared decision-making
- Understand family perspectives
- Support family aspirations
- Plan for equitable outcomes
- Cultural and diverse competence having a legitimate place in the positive experiences of all children improved educational outcomes
- Valuing the cultural and social context of children and their families
For the early childhood educators:
- Recognise the diversity and cultural background and provide equal opportunities and experiences for each educator
- Foster a team approach where all teachers are respected as individuals and as team members and encouraged to input into decision-making
- Define all roles and responsibilities and ensure that all educators are aware of these
- Support the continuity of professional development and produce access to resources and advisory people
- Ensure that Government regulations are met
- Staff know when to guide and assist a child's play and when to step back and observe
- Team will use children's portfolios to document and record their focus children's development throughout the year using written observations, photographs and work samples. These will be available for parents at all times.