PHILOSOPHY

Step Ahead Kids Early Learning Centre

Believe that the early years of a child’s life are their most influential.  It is within these years that a child develops the foundation skills and abilities that will carry them through life.

Children

We see children as unique and capable individuals, who come to our centre with their own interests, talents, skills, and ideas.  We as educators are well trained and passionate.  We value, respect and appreciate this uniqueness.  We feel children have a right to be active participants in their own learning and be empowered to express their views and ideas. A child’s opinion must be valued for its validity to their perspective and their autonomy and initiative needs to be respected.  We as educators will protect and cherish the innocence of children and thus provide a safe and secure environment.  The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) we will be utilised to actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences and interactions that foster high-level thinking skills.

Educators

We will value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning (EYLF). We aim to create an environment of trust and respect, where we work towards achieving a shared goal.  Ongoing education and training is a critical aspect of staff’s professional development.  It is through accurate evaluation and assessment, which occurs when we critically reflect on our actions, that we are able to identify areas which may be considered a skill and those which may need further development. We recognise staff as our centre’s most precious resource and aim to provide them with a satisfying and safe working environment. Further we also appreciate the experience and skills of all staff.  We appreciate their dedication as an integral element of the success of our centre.

Family

We acknowledge that family is the most important and influential aspect in the lives of young children and the significance of their relationships cannot be underestimated, we aim to ensure we involve parents and families into all aspects of the programs development and implementation.  We strive to develop positive, mutually respectful relationships with each family member, as we work in partnership to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.  We believe that working in partnerships with families is central to ensuring continuity and progression in a child’s learning, development and future success. 

Community

We strive to be seen as a centre of quality within our community.  A centre which values community involvement in all aspects of our program. And where community resources are utilised effectively, to enhance the growth and development of individual children, families, and staff.