Children’s Services at CatholicCare
Childhood is that short period in our lives where we are free to play, learn and explore what interests us. Our dedicated teams of childcare and OSHC educators embrace a child’s right to play and facilitate rich learning environments which are fun, relevant, meaningful and full of possibilities.
We offer the following services for children:
Our Early Learning Philosophy
Our Children’s Services programming supports the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). This framework recognises that early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development. EYLF embodies the idea of ‘belonging, being and becoming’.
Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are, and who they can become.
We believe that children’s learning is enhanced when they feel that they belong. We place importance on creating environments which are comforting, inviting, uncluttered, stimulating and aesthetically pleasing. Our environments and materials are chosen with great care to provide a space where children feel safe, secure and supported, thus creating a sense of ownership and belonging.
Childhood is a time to be, to seek and to make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the ‘here’ and the ‘now’ in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life.
We recognise that childhood is only a small period in our lives where we are free to play, learn and explore what interests us – without expectations, comparisons, testing and fear of failure. We embrace children’s rights to play and facilitate an intentionally rich learning environment which is relevant, meaningful and full of possibilities.
Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow.
We believe that the right childcare options early in life foster positive dispositions for learning which children carry with them as they transition to their next phase of education. The social, emotional and educational skills which are acquired in children’s early years assist them to actively participate and contribute positively to society.