"Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence"
Through play children establish, investigate and build relationships and connections with other children, adults around them, the environment and their communities.
These connections and relationships, in turn, allow for children to express who they are, what their ideas are and build understanding of how they affect and are affected by people, places and the environment around them.
We acknowledge our role, as educators, to use our personal and professional skills to facilitate the building of warm, secure, respectful relationships and to have varying levels of involvement in play to allow children to flourish.
“The early childhood years are not solely for preparation for the future but also about the present”
We recognise that play can be a highly complex process, but is also natural and simple, depending on the child’s desires at the time. Creating the time and spaces for children to follow their natural play processes enables them to enjoy and value moments – moments of being intensely involved in play, moments of being reflective in individual play and moments being with others.
We value and respect play as moments of ‘being’, a way for children to engage in day to day enjoyment and challenges. We understand the varied aspects of our role in a child’s moments at play – we are observers, players, listeners, speakers, guides, facilitators and much more. Our presence and involvement should be such that children are able to relish and share the moments the day brings.
“Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphases learning to participate fully and actively in society”
We value play as a child’s tool for connecting with and gathering information about themselves, people around them, their environments and their communities. In play children will form the building blocks of their own unique identity and piece them together across the early years to become their best self.
We believe early childhood educators are important professionals in the lives of children and families in the communities we engage. Early childhood educators have the knowledge, passion and resources to share with children, families and communities that contribute to children becoming positive, life-long learners and effectively shaping the future of communities. We view our role in the early years of a child’s life as influential and we take our responsibility very seriously.