At Annie Dennis, we believe in providing a nurturing environment for your child where they feel safe and free to explore their environment through an integrated, play-based approach. We encourage the best possible growth and development of children, where teachers respect and respond to each child’s learning opportunities in conjunction with their families and communities.
- that the emotional and physical safety of each child is fundamental to security whilst at the centre
- children’s self esteem and sense of belonging are vital to their continuing growth and development
- children feel secure in an environment which is consistent, flexible, and respects their individual needs
- it is healthy for children to freely express and experience their emotions
- children have a right to be involved in decision making; they need time and opportunities to develop their own ideas, and form their own opinions
- children need opportunities to develop positive relationships with adults and peers
- children are intrinsically motivated to learn through play and exploration
- children need to know that cultural diversity is valued, respected, encouraged and celebrated, and
- that the connection between the child and home is vital in creating positive relationships with all families.
Early Childhood Educators
- in teaching children to uphold their rights
- demonstrating warmth and empathy towards all children
- in being advocates for young children and families, early childhood services and our profession
- in being positive role models for the children and each other
- learning is a shared active process between children, families and early childhood educators
- that ongoing professional development is vital to implement quality practices
- in order for the children to reach their full potential we need to work in partnership with children and families, and
- by acknowledging each other’s diversity and uniqueness we create a positive learning environment.
Environment and Community
- children are spontaneous and learn through flexible educational programs
- the educational environment is a teacher, and should be cared for and respected
- natural resources give children an understanding of and respect for the environment
- children need hands-on experiences to connect with and build an awareness of their environment and the world around them
- children learn best when offered open-ended materials, ample time and the opportunity to investigate, imagine, dream, hypothesise, problem solve, transform and invent
- children’s day-to-day learning is enhanced through the active involvement in caring for centre pets
- in enhancing a positive connection and working collaboratively with diverse organisations, and
- in sharing the responsibility towards environmental sustainable practices and learning experiences.