Philosophy

Little Academy Early Learning Centre acknowledges the Wangal clan of the Darug Tribe, the original custodians of the land on which we stand and pay respects to past, present and future generations.

 

Parents at LA

 

Little Academy believes that providing a supportive, loving and welcoming environment forms the foundation of our philosophy. We aim to provide a physically safe and emotionally secure environment where the program incorporates all aspects of child development, and works to develop children’s thinking, reasoning, decision making and problem solving abilities.

Our staff ensures that through play and intentional learning children are given opportunities to make choices and participate in learning experiences that provide balance between routine and spontaneity.

We believe and acknowledge the theories or Russian Psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, understanding that relationships and interactions form the framework around which learning and development occurs.

We acknowledge that each and every child has come to us from a different background, culture set of beliefs and range of experiences and understandings. We aim to develop programs that support each child’s capabilities and interests according to their individual needs and treat all children with dignity and respect. We aim to ensure that we cater for and meet the individual needs of every child in the design and implementation of a program that builds on their strengths within the learning environments. We believe in the importance of modelling our support and value for diversity so that the children in our care learn to respect and honour that diversity around them.

We encourage a spirit of warmth and respect between the parents, the children and the staff. We believe it is important to recognise and respond to the unique influence that a family has in a child’s life and we wish to create a setting where parents feel welcome.

 

Diversity at LA

 

We endeavour to create an environment where parents feel that they are able to leave their children in our care and know that they are safe, loved and enjoying enriching experiences. We acknowledge that Parents use the service of Little Academy for different reasons. We aim to cater to the variety of expectations of our parents.

We aim to develop positive and supportive relationships with all parents and the surrounding community through the use of open communication and the sharing of knowledge and skills. We value and respect these relationships, and the relationships between children and their families, and encourage parents to become involved in and contribute to the program whenever that are able to. We further aim to support the family unit by acknowledging the importance of the link between the family and the childcare option they choose.

Our Commitment to the children we educate and the community we are part of is to embrace the concept of sustainable practices. We encourage our children and families to care for their environment by using environmentally friendly methods to protect our beautiful world.

Little Academy Early Learning Centre aims to equip children with a set of life skills that will enable them to experience fulfilling and rewarding participation within their community. We believe in providing an anti-bias approach to positively support children’s growth of identity and self-esteem.

 

Little Academy Child Care

 

We acknowledge that the needs of families, children, staff and the community are ever changing and therefore ongoing review and evaluation is paramount to creating a service that is responsive to these needs.

We believe Little Academy Early Learning Centre is a beautiful place where children not only feel wonderful and important but where the environment show children that they can be anything or anyone they want to...with a little imagination.

 

Date: Established on opening October 2006
Philosophy reviewed: May 2016