The ultimate vision we have for our Little Explorers is twofold and rooted in both the present and the future. For the present, our goal is for parents to feel good about their childcare choice, and that the children are safe, engaged, educated, and smiling. And for the future, we want these children to warmly look back at their experience with us and see it as a cherished part of their childhood.
The mission of the Little Explorers is to provide the highest quality of care and education for children ages 0-5 years. Our focus is to provide an encouraging educational experience, promoting social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Our role is to encourage and support each child in all areas of development, therefore creating a positive self-image and realistic opportunity for success. Centre administration, children’s educators, parents and members of the community all play an integral part in promoting and providing an environment rich in learning experiences and opportunity for children within the Little Explorers community.
PhilosophyLittle Explorers see play as a teaching strategy and using NQF and EYLF as a backbone to ensure children's health, safety, staffing, supervision, and development; we also respect children's rights to play.
Children feel a sense of belonging when they feel accepted, develop attachments and trust those who care for them. Thus, providing positive attachment relationships with the children. All educators in the service are emotionally available for the children at all times.
We believe that each child is unique, and their learning style, interest, ability, family expectation and socio-cultural backgrounds are varied. Understanding this allows us to adapt our learning environment according to the child/children's needs. We also believe that children benefit from natural play environments. These environments provide meaningful play experiences.
The educators in the service maintain relationships, actions, and behaviours at the highest level of ethical standards. They encourage and extend children's developmental knowledge through careful observation, interaction, and documentation.
We develop curriculum plans to support the children's holistic development and wellbeing. Our programs reflect each child's current interest, knowledge, ideas, abilities, powerful social discourses, and culture. Programs, resources and relationship enable us to provide a harmonious and effective learning environment. In that context, children and families will feel comfortable, secure, engaged and that they belong.
To gain a good understanding of children and their developmental componence, we will work in partnership with families and communities. We believe that parents and other family members are a child's first and most important teachers. By knowing the family's values, cultures, and child-rearing practice, we will have effective ongoing communication. We are encouraging families to build up a reciprocal relationship with educators and be part of the decision making regarding the services' curriculum, philosophy, programs, practice, menu preparation and events.
We believe that when children feel connected with the community they live in, their sense of wellbeing is enhanced. Our service plays an essential role in encouraging children to feel part of their community and supporting families by providing support as well as access to community resources.
Our values and beliefs allow us to provide positive early childhood memories for all the children who are under our care as we believe early childhood is precious so it should be rich in joy, curiosity, creativity and magical.