The National Quality Framework is a government program that establishes a National Quality Standard for early childhood education and care services across Australia, ensuring better consistency.
This project intends to improve educator-to-child ratios in services and increase skills and qualifications, national laws, and a quality rating system that will assist you in making informed decisions about your child’s education and care.
Children develop their identity through their relationships with people and places.
All children who walk through our doors will be treated with respect and dignity. We will work daily to be worthy of the trust families have shown by placing their child in our care. Starkids ELC has an “open door” policy; families are welcome in our centre at any time.
This element of the philosophy is linked to National Quality Framework Quality Area 2
From birth, children experience living and learning with others in family and community groups, and in early childhood settings.
At Starkids Early Learning Centre, we recognise parents as the primary educators in their child’s lives and value the importance of the rights and responsibilities of parents as the most significant role model in the eyes of their child. Therefore, the participation of parents of the children in our care is respected and encouraged, by making available, information about each child using a portfolio method of recording the child’s achievements and individual development
This element of the philosophy is linked to National Quality Framework Quality Area 6
Children are social beings who are intrinsically motivated to express themselves and connect with others to extend their learning.
We recognise that the children at Starkids ELC have unique and individual needs. Staff are supported in sharing a joint commitment and responsibility to provide the very best level of care and education for the children entrusted into their care. All staff, regardless of their qualification, are considered to be a valuable team member.
This element of the philosophy is linked to National Quality Framework Quality Area 4 and Quality Area 7
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
The curriculum offered at Starkids ELC is driven by the interests and needs of the children. This “emergent curriculum” responds to the individual and collective ideas and interests of the children in the group. Our educators recognise the importance of guiding the child’s learning and assisting them to identify themselves as learners. The educator plays a pivotal role in this process as co-learner, facilitator and observer in an ongoing cyclic process of observing, planning, action, documentation, evaluation and reflection
This element of the philosophy is linked to National Quality Framework Quality Area 1, and Early Years Learning Framework Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5
When children participate collaboratively in everyday routines and have opportunities to contribute to decisions, they learn to live interdependently.
Starkids ELC is a place of inspiration and imagination that fosters learning in a creative, aesthetic and orderly environment. Our educators facilitate open and flexible interactions and provide for the display of children’s work and achievements. When children feel happy and content, their learning is at it’s best; we design learning spaces that encourage self-selection, where children are supported to develop mastery over their environment.
This element of the philosophy is linked to National Quality Framework Quality Area 2 and Quality Area 3
Children are more likely to be confident and involved learners when their family and community understandings are recognised and included.
Our state of well-being and potential is determined by the quality of our relationships and interactions with the world around us. Our educators value the importance of each child’s social, cultural and personal history, and use this knowledge to guide the children through the beginnings of their life-long journey.
This element of the philosophy is linked to National Quality Framework Quality Area 5