The Learning Nook aims to create an environment where families and teachers work together to celebrate successes, navigate challenges, and empower children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners. Our Centre is guided by the principles and practices of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
We continuously assess and reflect upon our practices against the standards and elements of the National Quality Standards (NQS) to identify and implement quality improvement. Our curriculum is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) when setting goals for each child’s progress.
We believe that most of life’s learning occurs in the first five years of childhood. This is a time for discovering, exploring, creating, and learning about the world through play, with the children’s interests being at the forefront of all planning.
We believe the parent is the child’s first teacher and we recognize the voice of the child’s parent to be the most important in their lives. We encourage parents to be actively involved in, and contribute to, the goals of the centre. Together we can provide a foundation for each child to reach their utmost potential.
We believe children should be valued and respected, and be guided to value and respect others. We acknowledge different family values, language, beliefs and cultures, and endeavour to promote “differences” as positive aspects of our society. We aim to equip children with social skills that will promote their sense of belonging and have a successful lifelong participation in society.
We acknowledge and respect our nation’s first people and the need to interweave aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and practice within our program. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, and pay our respect to the elders past, present, and future for they hold the memories, traditions, culture, and hope of indigenous Australia.
We believe in active participation in our wider community, and in strengthening our connections with relevant community agencies to utilise resources and information that is meaningful to the children, families and educators.
We believe our educators are also nurturers, whom encourage learning and understand the balance between a child’s need to feel safe and secure and what goals the child needs to reach full potential. Our educators believe in ongoing learning and professional development. There is a continuous need for reflecting upon practices to enhance the quality of our teaching, interactions, and curriculums.
We believe that each child, parent, educator and visitor in our centre has the right to an environment that is safe, free of potential risks, clean and hygienic. We endeavour to work alongside professional agencies to deliver a service that promotes all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will provide children with access to a range of natural materials, and role model appreciation for the natural environment. We aim to develop an awareness of the interconnectedness of people and the environment we live in.