Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

We acknowledge the original custodians of this land, the Dharawal people and their language and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community, past, present and future.

Cocoon Early Learning Centre is a family-owned long day pre-school and nursery, which is committed to offering the highest quality of care available within our local community. This will be reflected throughout our whole ethos; from the way in which we care for each other to the way in which we extend our warmth, knowledge and respect to each child, family member and Educator. Our values include love, sharing, friendship, respect, manners, generosity, listening, kindness, gentleness, diversity, social justice, sustainability and the importance of play.

We are committed to providing high quality care, that is built on our strong Christian faith. We believe that the Early Childhood years are vital in promoting a young child's development, and in forming the attitudes and skills that will serve them throughout life. With this in mind, in our kindergarten we will aim to provide an environment that is not only stimulating and challenging, but that will also provide a warm and supportive atmosphere in which each individual child can grow, learn and have a sense of belonging. Consistency and continuity will be key elements of our philosophy and operation, which we aim to promote through regular, familiar and long-term staff, and through opportunities to develop social continuity and ongoing friendships.

We believe in the importance of relationships with each other, the children, families and wider community. We aim to build strong trusting relationships that are warm, knowledgeable, respectful and nurturing. We base these relationships on our strong Christian values, love, compassion, empathy, friendship, gentleness, generosity and kindness

We believe in building a community that values children, respects their rights, hears their voices and prepares them for life readiness. We recognise the importance of ensuring that Educators and families work together towards common goals, value children, respect their rights and give them love. We see families as an essential partner and an important resource. We continually strive to develop and maintain collaborative and open partnerships with families and invite their participation into all aspects of our programs, policies, procedures and events. We invite families to help us to meet the changing needs of our community, valuing their feedback and ideas as we strive for continual improvement. We believe in the importance of supporting our local community and we will partner with families to support our local community members in need.

We believe that each child is an individual, whose needs, interests and family values will be respected and developed. Using the "Early Year's Learning Framework" as our guide, we will value and respect each child's individuality and aim to develop within each child their sense of self and of community, and their desire to learn. The concepts of "Belonging, Being, Becoming" steer all that we do and say, and we recognise that children's voices are the most important part of our program and wish to extend and develop upon their interests.

We believe children are capable, resourceful and valued members of our community. We believe that young children learn through play and that their ideas need to be valued, supported and extended. We feel that learning through both planned and spontaneous activities that are interest based and child led, the children will develop a strong sense of wellbeing, learn new skills, explore new interests and ideas, appreciate the difference and diversity of other people in our world, gain respect for our natural environment, show respect for each other, and develop the ability to solve problems and think creatively.

We hope that by immersing the children in a curriculum based around their needs and interests and planned to develop each child as an individual as well as give them the opportunities to make decisions and choices, we will enable the children to be confident, self-directing and continuous learners who are well equipped to handle both themselves and society.

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