Children’s lives are characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming (EYLF, 2009)
We believe that…
Children have the right to belong to a family and community that is safe, supportive and nurturing.
Children have the right to be in the moment, enjoy being children and immerse themselves in the world around them.
Children have the right to quality education and care that is responsive to their individual need and supports them to grow, learn and develop becoming active participants in society.
We believe that children have the right to feel a sense of belonging within the BEE Centre, a family and the community. Educators aim to create a physical and social environment that is safe, supportive and nurturing to enable all children to thrive.
Working in partnership with families is integral to a child’s development. The BEE Centre strives to be a place of belonging for children, families and the community. “It takes a village to raise a child,” (African proverb), and therefore the relationships that form within our community are central to what we do.
Educators believe that quality education and care in the first five years of a child’s life helps to build strong foundations for learning and development throughout life. These early years a time for children simply to be, “to engage in life’s joys” (EYLF, 2009), build relationships with others, and immersed themselves in the wonder that is the world around them. Children have the right to long periods of uninterrupted play that is meaningful, challenging and supported by quality learning environments, both indoors and outdoors, and quality natural and made resources.
Children are competent and capable learners who are curious about their world. Educators nurture children’s individuality and scaffold their learning by embracing these natural curiosities.
Educators understand that all children learn and develop in different ways and times and are responsive to the children’s needs and interests. They are intentional, deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful in their curriculum planning. Educators provide a play-based curriculum and understand and support the tremendous learning that can occur through children’s play.
Educators advocate for the rights and well-being of children within the service and community.
They are supportive, adaptive and committed to equity. The BEE Centre acknowledges the diversity within our community and is proactive and innovative in our approach to providing quality and affordable care for all children.
The BEE Centre is an environment where educators base their practices on current knowledge and best practice within the early education and care sector. They are supported to stay abreast of contemporary theory and approaches through reflective practices and professional learning.
Educators share their knowledge with other educators, families and children and challenge, support and affirm each other in their pedagogy and practice. The BEE Centre and its educators are committed to continuous improvement.
Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, (2009).
Belonging, Being & Becoming: The early years learning framework.
Early Childhood Australia Inc., (2006). Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics. Retrieved 18th September, 2017 from http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ECA-COE-Brochure-2016.pdf
To provide families with children in their early years access to affordable, quality education and care services, and to support parents and care givers in their child-rearing role if appropriate.
To provide an environment where play is valued and used as a learning tool, so children can explore and be creative in their learning journey in a safe and nurturing way.
To provide an accessible and affordable Preschool Service to assist in preparing children for the transition to school.
To offer hours suggested by government bodies for children in their year prior to starting school.