As Educators we pull our learning from many different places. We gravitate towards the theory that children are competent and capable learners and they naturally learn from the people and environment around them. We agree with the Reggio Emilia theory that children have the right to choose what happens in their world and allow them to follow their own train of thought. We understand that the environment we create needs to be purposeful and allow for more than one outcome. We also see the value in scaffolding, an idea found from Maria Montessori, where children are able to learn from each other. This is valuable to both the younger and the older child; as the younger child can explore different perspectives and new skills from older children and the older child learns the importance of patience, care, respect and empathy.
Willetton Child Care Centre offers carefully designed curriculums which are based on these ideas, but also the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards set for all of Western Australia. For more information on the EYLF: click here.
The curriculum touches on many moments that occur with children during the day. These include each child's interests, their conversations, stories shared from home, spontaneous happenings, curiosities and questions posed from past experiences and intentional teachings to extend on learning. Thoughtful documents are created which capture the children’s development and learning in a respectful and reflective way. We do this to capture a child’s passion and share with the families what is meaningful to a child but also to create something that the child can look back on and share with their family and friends. We invite the families to share their own stories and photos and help create an environment where the child feels safe, secure and a sense of belonging.