Our Philosophy

We believe children are unique, innovative and capable learners who have their own evolving strengths, abilities and interests.
We believe children have a right to be heard. They have the right to contribute to decisions that affect them and the right to participation.
We believe that each child’s family is unique. We encourage and value contributions to their child’s learning and educational plan. We believe in working together with families through open and honest communication, enabling the development of supportive partnerships and a shared vision for their child.

We celebrate the uniqueness of Family Day Care and endeavor to provide children and families with a warm, friendly and homelike environment where children feel a sense of belonging.

We believe sustainability is an important part of learning. We use everyday practices to teach and support children to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment. By creating natural settings and providing natural materials we encourage children to investigate, research and observe how things work in our environment.

We aim to be active participants within our community providing connections for positive and respectful partnerships. We recognise the community is diverse and aim to develop respect and acceptance of all cultures. We acknowledge that Shellharbour Kiama Family Day Care stands on the land of the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal Nation.

We believe that children and families deserve educators who are passionate, inspiring and committed to evolving their professional development. We aim to continually maintain strong, respectful connections and provide high levels of support, guidance and inclusive practices to our educators. A

We deliver a high-quality education with our program guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, My Time Our Place Framework, The National Quality Framework, Regulations, policies, current research, parent and children’s input. The program reflects the children’s interests, fostering natural curiosity, valuing play based, and child directed learning.

We believe that Educators knowledge of individual children is crucial to providing an environment and experiences that will optimize children’s learning. We believe educators value reflective practice, engaging in questions of philosophy, ethics and practice with peers, families and the community. We believe in the value of educator’s individual skills, knowledge and personalities that enrich their pedagogical practices. We believe educators should set personal and professional development goals to further their skills and knowledge to ensure best outcomes for children. We believe educators, families and coordination unit staff should work collaboratively in respectful reciprocal relationships.

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