At 1-2-3 4 Kids we believe that every family member, child, and educator is a unique individual, bringing a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding related to that person’s unique experience of life. We will value that uniqueness and nurture future growth through accepting the individual, recognising interest areas, developing respectful interactions, supporting ongoing learning, offering inclusive programmes and promoting collaboration.
Our curriculum embodies these beliefs as it responds to, expands and builds upon the ideas and interests of our children, families and educators, to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning.
Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other’s thinking and build new understandings. Our educators will give priority to facilitating children’s play through our curriculum decision making and providing our children and families with beautiful, engaging play spaces filled with expressions of the value we place on childhood. They will also help children to learn about their responsibilities to others, to appreciate their connectedness and interdependence as learners, and to value collaboration and teamwork.
Our service strives to reflect the needs of our families and the local community who rely on the education and care we provide. By developing reciprocal partnerships with our families and the local community, this becomes a shared commitment to our families, community, children, and employees. By working together with open communication, respect, and understanding, and by sharing ideas and striving for continuing improvement and excellent standards, all will reap the benefits.
Our educators will provide a high quality curriculum that facilitates education in all aspects of children’s learning. This curriculum will build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning.
Our educators will be responsive to children’s evolving ideas and interests, and make use of teachable moments to scaffold their learning.
Our educators will provide environments that are welcoming spaces and are responsive to the interests and needs of all children and families. These environments will be places where children can explore, ask questions, solve problems, create, construct and engage in critical thinking and reflection.
Our educators will encourage children and their families to contribute ideas, interests and questions to the learning environment.
Our educators will encourage children to feel secure, confident and included in the environment by building on home and community traditions and ways of being.
Our educators will use a variety of strategies to collect, document, organise and interpret the information that they gather to assess children’s learning, ensuring that they are culturally and linguistically relevant and responsive to the physical and intellectual capabilities of each child.
Our educators will actively reflect on their own views and understandings of early childhood theory, in order to compare how they are impacting on the learning of children.