North Kiama OOSH’s Philosophy
North Kiama OSHC endeavour to provide the highest level of care and education for each individual child in a warm, nurturing and safe environment. By creating a feeling of acceptance and sense of belonging, we provide an environment which enables each child to feel safe and secure.
“In school age care, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become”. MTOP
Our programs are educationally appropriate and stimulating, assisting the development of the whole child, their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative domains. Indoor and outdoor experiences are offered in both small and group situations. Our programs cater for the needs and interests of the group and of individual children.
We endeavour to create a welcoming environment, were all children and families are respected and are encouraged to actively collaborate with educators about program decisions to ensure that experiences are meaningful.
We aim to maintain inclusiveness, accepting the appreciation of Australia’s multicultural society, enhancing the children’s awareness of, and respect for cultural differences and similarities.
We believe every child has the right to engage in play, recreation opportunities, and cultural and artistically diverse lifestyles. We maintain and foster positive communication and relationships between staff, children, families, schools and the community.
Through implementation of the My Time Our Place Framework (MTOP) we build on children’s interests and knowledge as individuals within the group and wider community. We look at developing the child as a whole by linking their learning and environment to the MTOP's five Learning Outcomes, principles, and practices.
North Kiama OOSH’s Goals
- Provide an environment that fosters imagination and opportunities for the development ofrisk analysis skills
- Encourage respectful communication with everyone at the centre
- Provide opportunities and encouragement for natural, spontaneous play
- Work in partnership with families and value their diversity
- Find ways to consistently implement our environmental policy