At Waurnvale Drive Early Learning & Kinder (WDELK), we strongly believe that each child will benefit in an environment that is founded on building secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships between children, families, educators and the wider community. We recognise that families are a child’s first and most influential teacher and that working in partnerships with families will provide a basis for achieving high quality outcomes for children.
Our learning environments encourage children to investigate their world through many open ended and natural resources. We recognise that play provides children with opportunities to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. Through incorporating this knowledge with intentional teaching practices we aim to foster and develop each individual child’s interests, knowledge and skills. Along with our professional knowledge our programs are influenced by the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
WDELK is committed to ensuring that children’s health, safety and nutrition is our main priority and is integrated into all aspects of our practices. We lean on the experience of educators, families and the community to ensure we are following best practice and current industry research in these areas.
Our program also supports children to become aware of the environment and sustainability practices are highly valued within our service. We feel strongly about encouraging our children to develop a growing appreciation for both living and non-living things and the addition of our centre pets reinforces this important goal.
Educators at WDELK are supported to continue their professional journey as we believe that learning is a lifelong process. They are supported to understand and work within the ECA Code of Ethics and the companies’ Core Values to provide a warm, caring environment that is full of fun, love, learning and care towards others.
Under the guidance of the principles of the National Quality Framework we understand that:
- The rights and best interests of the child are paramount
- Children are successful, competent and capable learners
- Equity, inclusion and diversity underpin the Framework
- Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued
- The role of parents and families is respected and supported
- High expectations for children, educators and service providers
- Each child’s health is promoted through everyday practice
With this knowledge we hope to support children to become lifelong learners with the best possible start to life.