Our Centre Philosophy
At Papilio Early Learning, we believe the education of young children is the collective responsibility of educators and parents. Our aim is to give “all children the best start in life” (EYLF p5) by applying contemporary theory and research and adopting a number of pedagogical practices to scaffold children’s learning across the developmental domains. As educators “we view culture and the context of family as central to children’s sense of being and belonging and to succeed in lifelong learning” (EYLF p16).
We value each phase of a child’s development and celebrate their successes as part of their education journey as we set the foundation for future learning.
- Advocacy on behalf of children needs strong partnerships between families and educators to ensure the rights of young children focus on respect, social justice and equality.
- Educators building meaningful and professional relationships with children, families and their co-workers. Children’s Voice: “I like my teachers”
- Meaningful play is the basis of children’s learning. Educators develop a curriculum that appreciates children as active participants in learning which is relevant, enjoyable and creative.
- Educators provide children with a learning environment that stimulates, engages and supports their development through a variety of child-led, teacher-initiated and spontaneous experiences. Children’s voice: “We like the different activities we do”.
- Children have a right to make safe choices and co-construct their learning with caring and supportive educators who have high expectations in children’s ability to succeed.
- An environment that supports and promotes children’s health and safety lifestyles through daily routines, transitions and a combination of indoor and outdoor experiences. Children’s voice: “I like playing outside”, “I like playing soccer at school”
- Educators who bring a diverse way of knowing, share their knowledge and use children’s home languages to construct meaning and support transitions as well as allow children to develop their identity and gain a sense of belonging.
- An environment that is welcoming, that honours diversity and is based on mutual trust and respect. Children’s voice: “I like learning Mandarin”
- Our centre chef creates a menu and provides children with fresh, nutritious meals throughout the day that meet the recommended daily intake. Children’s voice: “We like the food that’s made for us”
- Educators acknowledge children’s needs for rest, food, toileting and create flexible daily routines to suit the individual needs of every child.
- Educators who support children’s emerging need for autonomy and independence in the developmental transition periods infant to toddler, pre-preschool to preschool, preschool to school by helping them to understand transitions, routines and practices of the setting they are moving to, so they feel sense of belonging and connectedness to their new situation and environment.
- Educators and families connect with technology to provide feedback on program and practice. The connectedness allows families and educators to develop meaningful and collaborative partnership to support children’s learning.
- An environment that does not discriminate or demonstrate bias to any child, family or educator regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, religious beliefs, diverse disabilities.
Our Family and Community Philosophy
At Papilio early learning, our families and community believe that the service holds a high quality of care for children and the educators. They believe we build respectful relationships with them and encourage their involvement throughout our programs and curriculums to further develop children’s learning.
We value the beliefs of our community and utilise their feedback to achieve outstanding care for the children.
Our community believes:
- The educators are kind, nurturing, great role models and provide the children with a home away from home environment.
- The educators make learning fun through the use of different learning experiences.
- The educators are caring and qualified with great experience.
- The educators create a warm and welcoming environment as they happily greet families, visitors and community member.
- The educators and management are professional and friendly and provide children with quality care.
- The service is supportive to families and children, and help the children thrive
- The service provides families and children with support during big transitions from home to care and then from care to formal schooling.
- Papilio Early Learning provide quality education that is filled with a wide range of educational activities.
- The children are in a loving and safe environment
- The children form strong connections with their educators.
Papilio Children's Philosophy
The children at Papilio Early Learning believe social connectedness is one of the most important aspect of early childhood education. They believe that nutrition is a high priority and enjoy a variety of foods cooked daily by our on-site chef as they begin developing an awareness for their own health and well-being.
The children value their educators, their friends and the community as they engage with all the people within the service that support and foster their learning. Children have identified that bone size is the main difference between themselves and adults, and that we are all the same and equal.
The children believe:
- They should love their friends and play with them (Chloe)
- Friendship is a ship that has friends, mummies and daddies on it (Aoife)
- It is important to take care of someone who is upset (Milan)
- Chef Rey’s sausages are the best lunch and it is good for you (Lekai)
- The outdoor yard is big so we can play with our friends (Krish)
- Playing games and doing reading eggs helps us learn (Jayden)
- Papilio is their favourite place (Hiba)
- Doing activities in the STEAM room are fun (Luke)
- Eating fresh fruit everyday is good for you (Aofie)
- The educators reading stories is the best (Isha)
- Papilio has lots of children so that they can play together (Kylie)
- Miss Sherri, Miss Elham and Miss Sophie are nice and they like everyone (Cooper)
Affinity Education Group
Our centre is part of an Australia-wide network of early learning centres owned and operated by Affinity Education Group. There are more than 150 early learning centres across Australia.
Affinity Education Group’s primary focus is to provide children in our care with the highest standard early education programs, through the provision of localised education programs that align with the relevant curriculum requirements in each state.
Regardless of the centre or brand, every Affinity child is cared for equally and given the same opportunities to shine. Affinity educators are leaders in the early childhood education field, and partner with parents of children in our care to create positive outcomes for each child.
Affinity has a clear vision to see each of the shining stars within our care grow up to be inspiring, capable, confident individuals who tread a continuous path of learning. We all strive to achieve this by bringing out the magic of kids in everything we do. That’s the Affinity Way.
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