Service Aim, Mission Statement & Goals
  
AIM

The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor and Educators at Kindarama believe that the early years of a child’s life are their most influential.  It is within these years that a child develops the foundation skills and abilities that will carry them through life. Our Educators feel that by being attuned to children’s thoughts and feelings, this supports the development of a strong sense of wellbeing.  Our aim is to work closely with families to form a partnership, where Educators can develop learning programs responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through play. Fundamental to the EYLF is the view that children’s lives and childhood is a time of Belonging, Being and Becoming. 

We aim to:

Work as partners with parents and families of the children.
Provide information, contacts and support for the children, parents, and families.
Provide a high quality care and learning environment.
Provide a program based on the Early Years Learning Framework where all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life.
Provide a safe, secure, happy and loving home like environment where children have a sense of belonging.
Provide a place where childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world.
Provide an environment that has vibrant and flexible spaces that are responsive to interests and abilities of each child.
Provide an environment rich in resources to stimulate learning and development.
Provide Educators that are experienced in nurturing, caring and valuing children.
Recognise, respond, to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests.  We value and build upon children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning.
Respond to children’s expertise, cultural traditions and ways of knowing, the multiple languages spoken by some children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and strategies used by children with additional needs to negotiate their everyday lives.


MISSION STATEMENT

At Kindarama we acknowledge the importance of play in early childhood development.  Play is very important as it is the most effective learning tool, and is central to a child’s development.  Play is non-threatening, spontaneous, and meaningful.  Through play babies and young children explore and learn to understand the world around them as they come to communicate, discover, imagine and create.  When children play they are showing what they have learned and what they are trying to understand. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings. 

This is why play is one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework.  By using this Framework Educators will guide children’s play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating Indoor and Outdoor learning environments. We also acknowledge that each child is unique and therefore will progress at their own pace. The EYLF is a key component of the National Quality Framework which has been developed by Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to assist Educators to provide for young children throughout Australia in their early years with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for success in the future.

The Framework’s vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life.  

Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. When children feel as though they belong in the group, their learning and development thrives.
Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life, and children need time to just ‘be’- time to play, try new things and have fun.
Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience.  Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.

The Framework focuses on your child’s learning and Educators will work with your family in order to get to know your child well.  At Kindarama we create learning programs that builds on your child’s interests and abilities and keep you in touch with your child’s progress.  Through the Framework’s five learning goals Educators will assist your child to develop:

A strong sense of their identity (have confidence in themselves and to form friendships)
Connections with their world (learn to respect the environment and cultural diversity)
A strong sense of wellbeing (socially, emotionally & physically)
Confidence and involvement in their learning (explore, create, learn, experiment)
Effective communication skills (by using literacy and numeracy to communicate)

CENTRE GOALS
At Kindarama we have set the EYLF Learning Outcomes as our Service’s goals for the children in our care. We believe that once children in our care develop their sense of Being and Belonging, their Becoming identity is demonstrated when they display the following Outcomes, or Service Goals.

         Outcome 1 - Children Have a Strong Sense of Identity
Children to feel safe, secure, and supported
Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 2 - Children are Connected with and Contribute to their World
Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
Children respond to diversity with respect
Children become aware of fairness
Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 3 - Children Have a Strong Sense of Wellbeing
Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Outcome 4 - Children are Confident and Involved Learners
Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5 - Children are Effective Communicators
Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking