Care and Education
The Centre has three Sections:
We firmly believe in the importance of forming partnerships with our families with regard to the care and education of their children and we work very hard to establish a sense of belonging and community within the centre. We maintain an “Open-Door” policy and welcome visits from the children’s parents and family throughout the day, particularly in the Nursery. Parents are invited to share their knowledge of their child with the staff, they are also invited to attend organised family morning/afternoon teas and lunches throughout the year and parent information evenings. These functions provide opportunities to meet and form relationships with other families from the centre and well as providing opportunities for relaxed interactions with our Educators.
Our program uses the “Early Years Learning Framework” (EYLF) a National Curriculum Framework which is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government designed to support the learning of young children. The framwork uses the underlying principles of Belonging, Being and Becoming. Working within this framework we have developed a play-based emergent curriculum for the children that aims to encourage the children to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials and pursue their interests.
At UPCCC we take pride in the progressive nature of our Centre. Our dedication for developing educational, authentic and open-ended programs whilst maintaining a welcoming and nurturing environment. We are always looking at how we can incorporate innovative programs that will enhance our everyday practice and community focus.
Music Engagement Program (MEP)
Susan and her team from the ANU Music Engagement Program visit us weekly and sing with our children and any of the parents who what to join in. The MEP is based on a social philosophy of shared, active music making known as the Music Outreach Principle. It promotes, but does not demand, high-level skills, and does not require expensive instruments or equipment to be effective. It offers an on-going musical pathway for all, regardless of perceived talent or previous experience. Skill development occurs as a natural by-product of joyful engagement, where performance is a stress-free part of the outreach approach.
Mel one of our Educational Leaders who has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and is a qualified Yoga instructor runs a Yoga program with the children. Through participation in the Yoga program children develop physical benefits such as strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. Yoga also helps children’s psychological development by focussing their mind and strengthening their concentration, attention span and memory.
The Yoga classes teach children to be self-aware of their bodies to ensure that the exercises that they do feel good for them. The classes are dynamic and flexible and above all fun.
Our Indy Dog Program
The Indy program adds to our community focused and home-like environment by bringing the love of a pet into play, values and routines, although it doesn’t end there. As well as being a much loved and valued member of our community some of the additional benefits for the children, staff and families include the development of:
• Nurturing skills
• Gentle and caring behaviour
• Connections and community involvement
• Physical activity
• Animal education and pet ownership
• Resilience and overcoming associated fears
• Immune systems and allergy resistance
• Other learning areas such as literacy development
• Being, belonging and becoming
A bit about Indy
Indy is a one year old female Siberian Husky. Siberian Huskies are very social animals that make great child and family dogs. They are considered great playmates, gentle, cuddly and are enthusiastic by nature. As well as attending puppy school, Indy has been heavily socialised with both children and dogs since she was very young. Indy loves it here and we love having her!
KidsMatter – Early Childhood
From January 2010 to December 2011 our centre was involved in a two year pilot for ”KidsMatter Early Childhood” which is a Mental Health and Wellbeing initiative for young children. This involvement provided us with valuable insights into children’s mental health and wellbeing.
These insights continue to be incorporated into our everyday programs