Crestwood Early Learning Centre operates with the philosophy that children need to be treated with warmth and respect. The centre will promote learning and development for all ages through play and recognises that the skills and knowledge learnt in the child’s early years are the foundations for the child’s learning for later years. We believe that providing an environment and the availability of appropriate experiences at the right stages of development are crucial in shaping their development. The children in our care will be provided with experiences that nurture their physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, communication skills and general knowledge. Our children’s development of independence, decision making, problem solving and social skills through play are all paramount to our daily interactions, experiences and events.
We recognise that every day is an opportunity to learn something new through play, learning from others, discovery, exploration and adventures. Staff encourage two-way communication between families and staff as parent input is one of our most valuable resources to support the education and development of the children in our care.
Staff continually promote a fun, friendly, caring and welcoming environment for our children to foster positive self-esteem, self-worth and belonging. Children will be encouraged and coached in ways to discuss problems and to cope with frustrations as they continue to develop on who they are becoming. Staff encourage children to respect the rights of others and welcome differences with respect.
We consider the health and safety of the children as very important and they are imbedded within our everyday practices and programming. We aim to have the highest standards of care within the profession and are consistently looking for ways to improve. We recognise the child as being part of a family unit with its own unique culture, experiences and needs. We value the support and input provided by families. We draw on information, celebrations and knowledge from the local and wider community to explore and develop.
Crestwood Early Learning Centre understands the importance of exploring and educating children about the environment around us, both built and natural. Through this, our indoor and outdoor spaces are utilised to explore sustainable practices and provide children with the opportunity to engage in quality experiences in both built and natural environments.
Our centre works within the guidelines of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Framework (NQF). We consider both these aspects in our everyday interactions and programs.