To cultivate opportunities and experiences which supports high early years outcomes for all children irrespective of race, culture, gender, economic background or disabilities. To act in the best interest of all children and respect families as children’s first educators.
How will we realise our vision: Belonging, Being and Becoming is central to United Children Ballarat. The Early Years Learning Framework guides our service to recognise all children as capable learners.
Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children’s lives as characterised by belonging, being and becoming. From before birth children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families, who are children’s first and most influential educators. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world (The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia)
Research and evidence based practices to support children at different ages, stages and abilities directs our leaders, educators and business owners to incorporate practices that are robust and delivered with confidence so families in turn become confident knowing their child is receiving what is current and proven. Research shows fostering relationships inside and outside of the family environment helps establish quality, stability, reliability and predictability. Relationships are paramount to help children develop physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional skills.
We recognise families are first and foremost, but at United Children Ballarat, we are crazy about all our children and want nothing but the best when it comes to planning and implementing our programs. We seek to work with families to build and support children’s confidence and skills.
Play Based Learning. What is Play?
Our pedagogy at United Children Ballarat is to integrate learning outcomes through play based activities.
We don’t just say children are capable learners and leave them to their own devices. We observe, plan, support and nurture, evaluate and reflect to generate ideas and concepts alongside children to build on their knowledge.
Want to know how your child learns through play, take a look at this video.