1. In respect of children we believe:
a) Children are our first priority
b) In providing a happy, caring, safe environment that nurtures children’s individuality, allowing them to …develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world…(EYLF p7)
c) A play based program not only allows for active learning where children are able to construct knowledge that helps them make sense of their world, but enhances the opportunities for children to experience Belonging, Being and Becoming and My Time, Our Place for school aged children.
d) In promoting respect for each child’s physical well being in regards to health, hygiene, nutrition and safety and understand that play is integral in children having a strong sense of well being.
e) In embracing their right to grow without any bias towards gender, religion, culture and nurturing a strong sense of identity.
2. In respect of families we believe in:
a) Welcoming the uniqueness of each family and the values they have for their children, which are both cultural and social.
b) Developing a genuine partnership which is characterised by:
“• valuing each other’s knowledge of each child
• valuing each other’s contributions to and roles in each child’s life
• trusting each other
• communicating freely and respectfully with each other
• sharing insights and perspectives about each child
• engaging in shared decision-making.” (EYLF, p12), (My Time Our Place, p10)
c) Providing support to assist families to balance their work and family life.
d) Forming a link with other families and early childhood professionals and services.
3. In respect of the staff we believe in:
a) Working as a team, developing respect and trust for each other’s knowledge and skills in a supportive environment.
b) Fostering a sense of job fulfilment in each team member.
c) Encouraging each team member to continue to develop knowledge, skills and pedagogical practices.
4. In respect of the community we believe in:
Acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the Bundjalung Land on which we are fortunate to be providing education and care for young children, ensuring respect for diversity, an understanding of reconciliation and the importance of Belonging.
a) Contributing to the sense of community in the Tweed Heads area and providing a role model for others.
b) Providing a link for families to all community services.
c) Respecting diversity and ensuring our practises recognise the needs of all members of the community.
5. In respect of the Early Childhood Profession we believe in:
a) Providing a role model for a high quality service that embraces and reflects the Early Years Learning Framework, My Time Our Place, National Quality Standards and aspects of High Scope.
b) Networking with other services to ensure high quality care and education.
6. In respect of Sustainability we believe in:
a) At Freckles Kindy and Learning Centre we value the importance of educating the children on the land of the Bundjalung people to be future stewards of the earth.
We believe that educating children about sustainable living and environments will develop a lifelong sense of Belonging, Being and Becoming.
We would like to acknowledge that we are providing our service of education and care today on the land of the Bundjalung people, (the Nganduwal dialect tribal group), who are the traditional custodians of the Tweed campus land and the Jarowair and Giabal peoples, who are the traditional custodians of the Toowoomba campus land. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past, present and emerging and extend respect to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people who now reside in this area and are a member of our Freckles Community.