Towong Shire

Our Philosophy

Council’s kindergartens are guided by the Education and Care Services National Law (2010) and Regulations (2011), the Early Years Learning Framework, National Quality Framework and the Child Protection Protocol.

Children learn and acquire new skills by actively engaging and participating in a happy and safe learning environment that focuses on children’s interests and developmental needs. We believe that children are successful, competent and capable learners. Families and community play a major role in children’s learning and development through respectful relationships, cultural diversity and strong partnerships. Our children are encouraged to interact with the broader community to enhance and enrich learning experiences. We aim to promote respect for our natural environment and each other. 

Our qualified educators are responsible for providing and guiding equitable and inclusive learning opportunities for children. We aim to provide socio-cultural approaches to learning and teaching in an environmentally sustainable way. We value the importance of building strong foundations in the early years to enhance and extend children’s learning in the five outcomes; identity, wellbeing, community, learning and communication. We strive to support a strong partnership with children through positive and nurturing interactions.

Council educators are committed to continuous learning of our pedagogical skills. Together, we believe and support children in becoming, belonging, and being part the broader community for life-long learning.

For more information on our Educational Philosophy and the range of services provided, please view our 2019 Parent Booklet.

 

National Quality Framework

Council's kindergartens meet all the standards set out under the National Quality Framework. The Framework sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services in Australia.

Kindergartens are assessed to make sure they meet the quality standards set out in the Framework. There are seven areas covered including:

1. Educational program and practice;
2. Children's health and safety;
3. Physical environment;
4. Staffing arrangements;
5. Relationships with children;
6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities; and
7. Leadership and service management.

The major benefits for parents and children include:

  • Improved educator to child ratios;
  • Greater individual care and attention for children;
  • Educators with increased skills and qualifications;
  • Better support for children’s learning and development; and
  • A national register to help parents assess the quality of education and care services in their area.

Click here to go to the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority's website for more details.

Last updated: 03 January 2019