Here at Little Ted’s Child Care Centre Oxley, we strive to provide a safe and secure setting for all children, that has the warmth and feel of a ‘home away from home’. Our vision of the children and families at Little Ted’s is that of an extended family and we advocate for a holistic approach to child development that encourages children to embrace individuality, be the master of their own destiny and achieve their highest potential. This is achieved by the staff documenting your child’s interests and progress using different observations.  From these observations staff conference and plan with the children experiences that will enhance, extend and challenge their development both as individuals and as a group.

The curriculum has been developed through research and is based on the theories of Early Childhood researchers Vygotsky, Dewy, Gardner, the Emergent Curriculum, Project Approach and the Schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy.

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We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.     – Stacia Tauschen

Our program is based on children’s interests. Staff discuss and plan with the children, further experiences that enhance their learning. Information about the experiences your child will be participating in each day is displayed on a web in your child’s room. All experiences, planned and spontaneous are related back to centre philosophy, goals and statement of intent.

Our goals and centre philosophy are always evolving as we continue to learn and grow. Our term Statement of Intent guides our curriculum and our ongoing critical reflection informs our practice.

All programming is documented in your child’s individual electronic journal, which you are able to access using an app called “My Family Lounge”. On enrollment an introduction letter will be emailed to you with the set up details.

We believe that the programs for all children should:

  • Provide a balance of activities that include indoor and outdoor, quiet and active, individual, small group and large group and also child initiated and teacher initiated activities.
  • Have flexibility in regards to the children’s needs, interests and any other situations that may arise during the day.
  • Reflect cultural diversity.
  • Consider gender equity.
  • Have the environment set up so it allows for active participation and self-selection.
  • Use routine times as a part of learning.
  • Use evaluation as a part of planning.
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We acknowledge the children’s rights to be active in deciding how to ‘be’ in their present lives and that children are capable learners from birth. We allow children unhurried time to ‘be’ and to enjoy being in their world. We strive to acknowledge differences and diversity; we plan with children and respond to each child’s competencies and uniqueness.

The team at Little Ted’s strives to develop children’s awareness of the environment. This will be promoted through daily practices, resources and interactions where children can be actively involved in sustainability and becoming one with nature and the environment. Sustainable practices will be encouraged within the centre to create a ‘green and clean’ culture.  Educators, children and families will be encouraged to become advocates for a sustainable future.

The families in our community comprise of different cultures and structures which are important to our centre and program. Educators endeavour to provide supportive networks where we can learn from and support each other. Each family’s customs and beliefs are respected and help to enrich our ‘centre family.’ It is our belief that we are one of the many important stakeholders in the lives of the children in our care and that our role in their development is significant and profound. Because of this our door is always open and we value and foster open lines of communication.