Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre Philosophy
‘A Joyful Beginning’
Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre belongs to the wider Plenty Valley Christian College community and shares the values and vision of the College.
To be a Christian learning community with the creative and responsive mind and spirit of Christ.
The College operates within the context of Christian faith.
The following areas identify the agenda of our partnered journey in education:
Faith, Wisdom, Truth, Grace, Character, Service and Love
In Christ: Wisdom and Knowledge.
At Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre, we foster creative, responsive and respectful relationships and learning opportunities where children can discover, flourish and become all that God intends them to be.
We believe that children are individuals who are loved by God and made in the image of God and that no two children are the same. We cherish each child and family’s diverse culture, values, and experiences. We aim to provide safe, equitable and accepting learning environments that reflect and enrich the lives and identities of children and families.
Our focus is to nurture children as they build their self-esteem, and to support and reinforce an emerging sense of self-identity, belonging and resilience. We truly believe in each child’s unique capacity to be amazing.
RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTIONS
We focus on fostering relational spaces where trusting, warm and reciprocal connections with others can be built, as we believe that through these interactions and attachments, a child’s innate strengths, skills and potential can be maximised.
Through the creation of opportunities for cooperative and positive interactions with other children, families, teachers, and the wider community, children acquire vital social knowledge and skills.
Each child is supported and encouraged to develop responsibility for their actions and interactions with others, as they develop an understanding and respect for the interrelationships between themselves, others, the natural and constructed environment.
The special ‘character’ of Plenty Kids is primarily built around the genuinely collaborative and committed relationships between families, children and staff.
Parents and families are treasured and invaluable contributors to the Plenty Kids Community and are encouraged to be actively involved as ‘Session Helpers’ in each and every learning session.
OPENNESS & SPONTANEITY
We strive to foster an atmosphere of openness, where ‘what is possible’ has not been predefined. Mutual discovery and learning is fostered so that each child’s unique way of experiencing, being and interacting with the world can be recognised and supported.
Naturally occurring and intuitive opportunities within our indoor and outdoor learning environments encourage and inspire children to imaginatively explore, experiment, invent, question, and solve problems. We focus on sensitively recognising, celebrating and extending on what unfolds for each child within open-ended play-based learning experiences.
BUILDING ON STRENGTHS
Active learning through play is facilitated through the provision of a range of opportunities, environments and experiences built thoughtfully around the individual strengths, ideas and interests of each child.
Strengths that emerge through creative play-based learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, persistence and reflexivity are carefully acknowledged and celebrated so that they can become part of a child’s lifelong attitudes towards learning and being.
Through regular informal discussions, staff, parent and college meetings we constantly reflect on, and ask of ourselves “How we can do better?”
Educators at Plenty Kids are encouraged to engage in reflective practice, and to critically reflect on our philosophy, values, vision, motto and ethics to guide decision making. We recognise and value the knowledge and commitment of educators and fully support their continued professional learning.
Plenty Kids Early Learning Centre’s philosophy reflects the foundations of the National Quality Framework. We believe that a philosophy statement changes as new insights are gained, and practice is evaluated.