The program developed at Horsley Kids is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of Early Childhood Learning. We believe play is essential for children to learn, and the best learning experiences happen when children choose what they want to do. This is called “self-directed play”.
Through meaningful outcome-based activities, open ended questioning and discussions, each child is encouraged to learn and develop their own natural curiosity. Children will develop the skills to become self-confident, self-motivated and self-disciplined. Children will have the opportunity to grow at their own pace and develop a respect for others in a non-sexist environment.
Activities in each classroom are designed to enhance learning and engage in high level thinking. Through exposure to a variety of media and expressive materials, children are free to choose, explore, observe, create and learn in a literacy-rich environment.
At Horsley Kids, we believe in each child’s capacity to succeed. We aim to provide inclusive programs to ensure positive outcomes for all children.
Since learning comes through activities that children enjoy, a positive attitude toward school will be established, forming a positive basis for future education.
At Horsley Kids, parents play an active role in their children’s development and learning. The wealth of ideas and skills that parents bring to the Centre and even more importantly, the exchange of ideas between parents and teachers, favours the development of even better ways to educate children in our care. Educators will develop and maintain open, communicative relationships with the families of the service, and at all times will remain professional.
At Horsley Kids we believe in high quality care and education for all children. We will reflect and incorporate the needs of our families, staff and the community in order to create a supportive and nurturing environment for all who utilise our service.
We recognise that our educators are the most important factor in providing a high quality standard of education and care for each child. So educators are encouraged to continually seek ways to build on their professional knowledge and practice through professional enquiry, reflective practices and professional development.
At Horsley Kids we provide an exemplary model of Early Childhood Education.
In addition to taking our inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach, Horsley Kids follows the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards.
Research has shown a child’s experience in their first five years sets the course for the rest of their life. To provide children with the best possible start to their education, the Australian Government in partnership with all states and territories has introduced the National Quality Framework to ensure high quality and consistent early childhood education and care across Australia.
Horsley Kids has embraced this child care education framework and introduced its seven key areas which focus on:
Horsley Kids has not only adhered to this framework well ahead of the necessary timeframes, but we are constantly seeking ways to improve our programs to ensure we deliver a quality of education that exceeds the standards and sets a benchmark for the industry .
For more information on the National Quality Framework please visit acecqa.gov.au/national-quality-framework
The curriculum planned at Horsley Kids appreciates and reflects the interests, uniqueness and the developmental needs of all children in the centre, whilst maintaining a high level of care and professionalism. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy
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