At EBKCC we believe that children should be allowed and encouraged to become motivated learners by providing opportunities in unstructured play. Children select experiences they wish to engage in. There is an emphasis on informal and indirect teaching. Children's interests are encouraged and explored to motivate them in their play. Children are encouraged to be curious, to question and experiment and to explore their individual creativity and potential.
Our programs are guided by both the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Framework. These frameworks embrace an integrated approach to learning and teaching ensuring that play is used to facilitate children's learning across all domains of development.
We also acknowledge that children belong first to their family, whatever structure this takes, and recognise that this is the child's most significant relationship. We highly value the link between a family, an Early Learning Environment, the wider community and school. We work in partnership with all these groups to provide the best start for each child.
In relation to educators, at EBKCC we expect and enable educators to keep up with current ideas and philosophies and educational practice to strive to create a centre of excellence. We encourage the seeking of knowledge, and aim to create an environment of trust and respect with emphasis on open communication.
Finally, in relation to the environment, at EBKCC we recognise that both indoor and outdoor environments play a vital role in supporting learning and promoting physical wellbeing, and strongly encourage the active use of our extensive outdoor space. We encourage the promotion and use of natural and recycled materials, support a workplace that is environmentally aware, and promote sustainable practices, minimising waste and recycling.
Learn more about how EBKCC developed our philosophy from this article published by Early Childhood Australia, the national peak organisation for children's services. http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/TAPS_Service-Philosophy.pdf