Photo: My well-loved copy of the EYLF. You know you have been around for a long time when you have a hard copy (they only printed a limited number -these are like gold now).
My philosophy guides my day to day practice in my family day care service and helps with decision making. I’m sure it will evolve over time, as I learn more, as new theories on child development emerge, and as new research is published.
These ideas are not all my own – they are based on the principles of Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework. However, each person has their own unique vision of how to put these principles into practice – and this is mine.
Aim: To nurture secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
I will do this by sharing genuine care and affection with each child and interacting positively with children in their play and learning. In particular when children start care, I spend lots of time sitting and playing with each child, having lots of conversations and eye contact, in order to build the strong attachments that help children to feel safe and ready to explore their world with confidence. I will provide consistent emotional support for children through verbal and physical comfort to help them build the skills they need for good relationships throughout their lives.
Aim: To build partnerships with families
I recognise that families are children’s first and most influential educators and that the best way to achieve learning outcomes for children is by working in partnership. I will encourage this through a welcoming environment, open and friendly communication, and asking lots of questions to help me understand families’ expectations for their children’s development and learning. To help further enhance the learning opportunities in my environment, I will seek support and advice from my coordination unit and other community agencies and specialists as needed.
Aim: To hold high expectations and foster equity
I will do this by reinforcing to all children that they can succeed, even with their different circumstances and abilities. I will provide individualised programs for all children in care that recognise and extend on their personal strengths and desires. I will continually review my program and environment, consulting with other early learning professionals, to break down any barriers to learning and promote true inclusive practices.
Aim: To respect diversity
I will do this by building an understanding of the many ways of being, living and knowing in our community. I will honour different cultures, languages, traditions and lifestyles by inviting families to share information and offer suggestions for including these as part of our program. I will build and promote understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being through resources and learning experiences. I will role model a positive attitude towards diversity and will give children lots of opportunities to learn about differences and similarities.
Aim: To engage in ongoing learning and reflective practice
I am passionate about continuing my own learning in all areas related to the important work of raising healthy, confident and successful children. I will do this through discussions with colleagues, attending training sessions and conferences, and reading up to date information in professional journals and newsletters. I welcome any feedback that assists me to critically reflect upon my practice and consider areas for development. I will regularly reflect on my program, practices and environment so that I can continue offering a high quality, current, professional early childhood education and care service that makes a positive contribution to children, families and the community.
For more information on the Early Years Learning Framework, follow this link: Early Years Learning Framework information from mygov website