At BELC we believe that secure respectful and reciprocal relationships are at the heart of early childhood education and care. We endeavour to grow and nurture meaningful relationships between staff, children, family and community because we ‘recognise that families are children’s first and most influential teachers’ (EYLF). We believe that positive partnerships between the service, family and community significantly enhances wellbeing and belonging for children.
At BELC we care about each other! Our educators work in a professional environment where individual strengths are nurtured and encouraged. We engage in an ongoing cycle of reflective practice and professional development to keep our knowledge current as well as innovative.
Educators use their knowledge of children, family, community and culture to inform the curriculum in conjunction with the EYLF and developmentally appropriate practise. Educators adopt a holistic play based approach to learning because we believe the best learning occurs when children’s interests are acknowledged and extended through play and then used as a platform to teach new concepts and ideas.
At BELC we have fun! Educators adapt the routine, activities, ideas and teaching strategies to support and extend children’s learning and to promote equity and inclusion. Educators adapt the environment to appeal to the senses and allow for open-ended play opportunities, thus enabling children to control the pace and extent of their own learning. Adapting the physical and social environment keeps our learning flexible, equitable, inclusive and sustainable. Our learning community feel welcomed, valued, respected, included and free to be themselves. We work collaboratively to promote a sense of belonging and embrace our mutual commitment to become confident, compassionate and capable learners and members of our broader community.