Amberley O.S.H.C.

Children are our future, We are dedicated to their success!

1.3 Statement Of Principles

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

Procedures

We shall actively embrace the Statement Of principles as defined in the national Quality Standard for Early childhood Education and Care and School Age Care.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

  1. The rights of the child are paramount

Each child has the right to be an active member of the community in which they live; to have their individual and cultural identity recognised and respected; to express their opinions and have their views considered in any decisions that may affect them.

The national Quality Standard reflects Australia’s commitment to the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child and the obligation of all those who work with children to protect children from harm, respect their dignity and privacy and safeguard and promote every child’s wellbeing.

  1. Children are successful, competent and capable learners

Children are active learners from birth, constructing their knowledge, meanings and understanding through their interactions, relationships and experiences. They are able to form opinions, express their ideas, collaborate with others, plan and persist in learning.

The starting point for all learning is what children already know. Rich, engaging environments and meaningful interactions, where children’s voices are listened to and acted upon, build on this foundation for successful lifelong learning.

  1. Equity, inclusion and diversity

In a fair and just society the intrinsic worth of all children and their families, their strengths and their right to equitable access and participation in the community is clearly visible in all aspects of service delivery.

Programs for the care, education and recreation of children have a unique opportunity to include children from all family circumstances, cultural backgrounds and levels of ability. In particular, a commitment to the full participation of children with additional needs and their families involves enabling their initial access as well as supporting their day-to-day participation in the program.

It requires capturing and maximising resources to support each child’s participation in and engagement with the program. By providing nurturing environments and supportive relationships they ensure that each child is valued for who they are and has opportunities to reach their full potential.

One of Australia’s greatest strengths lies in its unique history and diverse heritage. The many different cultures, contexts and values of families and communities contribute to the richness of contemporary Australian society and inform plans for meaningful learning experiences for children.

  1. Valuing Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures

An approach that recognises and respects the strengths and contribution each individual and group makes to the Australian community and challenges bias, builds positive relationships and responds sensitively to the particular needs of each child and their family.

Such an approach values Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures as a core part of the nation’s history, present and future. This is relevant for all services, not only services with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children and families enrolled in Amberley OSHC

  1. The roll of parents and families is respected and supported

Parents and families are recognised as the child’s primary nurturers and teachers. They have both a right and responsibility to be involved in decision making affecting their child.

Respectful, collaborative relationships strengthen the capacity and efforts of parents and families and of early childhood education and care and school age care services to support their children and promote each child’s learning and wellbeing

  1. High expectations for children, educators and service providers

The best interests of children and their right to learn and develop in a safe and nurturing environment is the primary consideration in all decision making at Amberley OSHC and is visible in the actions, interactions and daily work with children.

Programs that reflect best practice in the care, education and recreation of children set high standards and expectations for all those responsible for the delivery of service. They have an open and accountable organisational culture that is flexible and responsive to the local community. They continually reflect on their practice to find ways to improve outcomes for children in their services.

Reviewed 30 January 2015


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