As Educators we believe children are competent and capable learners and they naturally learn from the people and environment around them. We employ the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning to build strong relationships between the children in our care, their families and the broader community through an experiential learner driven environment. We understand that the environment we create needs to be purposeful and allow for more than one outcome. We see the value in peer-teaching a theory where children are able to learn from and with each other. This is valuable to both the younger and the older child; as the younger child can explore different perspectives and new skills from older children and the older child learns the importance of patience, care, respect and empathy.
Willetton Child Care Centre offers carefully designed curriculums which are based on these learning theories and structured in compliance with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standards. For more information on the EYLF: click here.
The curriculum touches on many moments that occur with children during the day. These include each child's interests, their conversations, stories shared from home, spontaneous happenings, curiosities and questions posed from past experiences and intentional teachings to extend on learning. Thoughtful documents are created which capture the children’s development and learning in a respectful and reflective way. We do this to capture a child’s passion and share with the families what is meaningful to a child but also to create something that the child can look back on and share with their family and friends. We invite the families to share their own stories and photos and help create an environment where the child feels safe, secure and a sense of belonging
As a not for profit, community based centre WCCC has a volunteer committee that oversees the running of the centre. The volunteer committee includes interested community representatives and family members of current children who attend the centre. This means that the families and community are given the opportunity to get to know the running of the centre and oversee its wellbeing.