Creating confident children in a learning community.
Encouraging children to pursue learning together, in an engaging and nurturing environment,
supported by dedicated and caring educators.
At Hamilton Child Care Centre we acknowledge the contributions of the traditional custodians of this land, the Awabakal people and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We also recognise the multicultural nature of Australia and the uniqueness of our learning community here at Hamilton. Embedded through our daily practices and program we will respect and celebrate this diversity of abilities, cultural heritages, and religious backgrounds.
As play-based practitioners, we recognise and value the importance of the early years; see play as the main vehicle for learning in this environment and believe it is a right for all children. We also acknowledge that our environments serve as a special place for children to ‘be’ children and enjoy their childhood through curiosity, exploration, creativity and imagination.
We believe that children are confident, competent, and resourceful learners who are capable of constructing their own knowledge of the world around them. We will build positive relationships and support children to; feel a sense of belonging, wellbeing and a strong sense of identity; to see themselves as constructive contributors to the learning community through conversation, decision making and project work; to see themselves as valued, unique and powerful; to learn respect, responsibility and care for each other and to learn a love of nature and respect for the environments here, working towards a well developed understanding of environmentally sustainable practices.
We incorporate a model of family grouping allowing all age groups and siblings to be together as we believe children derive positive learning and mentoring opportunities when working and playing together through project work, self driven play and during group participation. This will be a language rich space that enhances children’s opportunities to share with older and younger peers, learning patience for one another and encouraging resilient behaviours.
As a community based organisation we pride ourselves on ensuring the best learning outcomes for children through providing high educator to child ratios and employing highly qualified educators. Our dedicated team will work in collaborative ways to share our knowledge and expertise in relation to the program, daily practices and individual children through our primary caregiver system. We understand the importance of evaluation and reflection to inform practice and lead to more detailed understandings of our work. We will play and work with children to provide opportunities for learning, and engage in active research alongside them. For ourselves, we acknowledge learning as a life-long commitment and will engage in professional development.
We recognise the importance of communication with families and carers to establish mutually respectful relationships. These partnerships will allow each child’s wellbeing, learning, and development to be considered through the context of their family, as well as our learning community. Support in parenting roles will be offered through sharing information between our learning spaces and the home environment. We will encourage families to be active participators in the life of the centre through sharing culture, ideas, knowledge, strengths, and differences. Changes to practices, environments and the program will be made to reflect the voices of all involved.
We will create environments that are natural, inviting, inclusive, and rich in possibilities; spaces that reflect children and families, the local community and educators. Experiences using a variety of media will be offered in these spaces to empower children to make choices, promote peer relationships and to provoke thought and imagination. Our children share with educators a love for the environments and play and tell us “We be nice to people. We take care of our teachers & friends & our toys. We make stuff.” Choices will also be informed by environmentally sustainable practices and acknowledge the importance of our garden and environments here.
Through observation and listening, sustained shared thinking and intentional teaching we will work collaboratively to make new discoveries and re-visit past theories with the children. Documentation and reflection upon this work will lead us to informed decisions when considering the provision of materials and future experiences. It will be a powerful sharing tool and show children genuine respect for their thinking, allowing them time to re-visit ideas and understandings and offer opportunities to question knowledge.
Through the provision of inspirational learning environments, programs and the retention of highly skilled and dedicated educators, we will provide a service of choice not only for families, but as a mentoring opportunity for pre-service educators within the early childhood field.
We acknowledge the work of the educators in Reggio Emilia* and incorporate the National Quality Standards (COAG 2012) and the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR 2009) into our daily practices.
207 Denison Street | Hamilton
At Hamilton Child Care Centre we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Awabakal people, and pay respects to Elders,
past, present and future, for they hold the Indigenous memories, traditions, culture and hopes of all Australians.