That each child feels valued as unique, competent and capable and receives a positive and memorable early learning experience. We are proud to come together on Turrubal Land and we acknowledge the Turrubal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and their Elders-past, present and emerging. We promise to look after the land, the animals, the sky, the water and the people too.
At The Gap Kindergarten & Child Care Centre, we believe that every person is an individual with a unique way of being in the world. We acknowledge that people are shaped by the community that they have come from and that experiences such as religion, culture are all a central part of a person’s identity. We believe that we should recognise and celebrate diversity in all its forms, challenge biases and actively engage in making sure we are implementing an anti-bias curriculum. We believe that we should feel comfortable in embedding multiple perspectives in our programme and find creative ways to work together.
We believe very strongly in the intrinsic value of play, that when children are allowed to play they can explore concepts, ideas and materials in a way that is fun, engaging and personally motivating. That when children play they are able to experience a sense of security and at the same time are able to challenge themselves in a way that meets their individual’s needs. That Educators help strengthen play by being co-constructors, guides and facilitators of children’s play; and most importantly through play children experience a sense of security, wonder and belonging.
We are very proud to be part of our local community and recognise that it has a unique identity. We actively explore ways to make deep and meaningful connections with individuals, groups and places. We believe that our service should be a reflection of a community where people feel welcome and we encourage positive community values such as looking for ways to make sure people feel safe, included and respected. We are committed to finding ways that community members can be involved in our decision making processes.
At the Gap Kindergarten & Child Care Centre, we believe in creating a warm home like environment, where children develop relationships with caring, professional Educators who are emotionally responsive to each child as an individual. We value our opportunity to combine children of different ages as we believes this gives the centre a family like feel and allows children to develop their own sense of nurturing each other. We believe that all children should feel valued and nurtured by every member of our team.
We encourage children to be explorers, to find challenges and to take risks. We believe that each child has the right to a fun-filled childhood where they can investigate their environment, play in mud, climb trees and engage in all types of play. We believe that through exploration and risk-taking children learn persistence, emotional resilience and a sense of confidence as they develop their knowledge about the world around them. We believe in continuous improvement, to grow and challenge ideas for both children and Educators alike. We encourage Educators to be innovative in their practice and support ongoing development.
We are proud to be able to provide children with a natural play space where children can engage in a range of experiences and form strong personal connections to the natural world. Our service looks for ways that we can build sustainable practices as part of our everyday routines. We are also strongly committed to making sure that our inside environments are reflective of the values we hold for our outdoor space.
We believe that we should be continuously looking for ways that we can encourage sustainability and exemplify behaviour for future generations. We believe that forming a strong connection to the natural world will help develop a sense of environmental awareness in our children.