Statement of Philosophy
At Children First we put children first. We strive for positive outcomes for all children.
We view children as unique individuals and capable learners who have the ability to make decisions, choices, and contributions to their world. Our practices are guided by the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child.
We believe that play is fundamental to a child’s growth, development and well-being. Learning is enhanced through our play-based programs that support and guide children’s natural curiosities and interests, and lay the foundations for life long learning. We value the learning that occurs outdoors as well as indoors and advocate spending time in nature for growth and well-being. We encourage appreciation and respect for the environment.
We believe that children learn best in environments that promote exploration and discovery, with the assistance of educators who encourage, support and scaffold learning. We provide environments that give children time and space to explore and create, and that support the inclusion of all children with consideration to their individual learning needs. We maintain environments that are clean and safe, while encouraging risky and challenging play to promote healthy growth and development.
We view families as children’s first and most influential teachers and value building warm, respectful relationships so that we may work collaboratively with families to provide the best outcomes for children.
We respect the land on which we learn and grow, and embrace the rich cultural diversity of our community. We aim to foster and model values of caring and socially responsible citizens.
We value developing the strengths of our educators and working as a team to achievethe common goal of providing quality care and education for children.