Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

At Melrose Park OSHC, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment that is responsive to the culture, values and beliefs of all families. Our program is based around the key ideas of belonging, being and becoming, guided by the My time, Our Place Framework.

Children

  • We recognise children as unique, confident and capable learners
  • We believe children are active participants within the community and influence decisions that may affect them by expressing opinions and drawing connections between actions and consequences.
  • We support children in developing secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships with educators and other children. This builds the foundation for a sense of belonging and positive self-esteem.

Educators

  • Engage children in experiences, conversations and routines that promote safety, healthy lifestyles and nutrition.
  • Educators show care and respect for all children responding to emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs to maintain trusting relationships.
  • Educators listen to children’s ideas and extend on them by challenging their thinking and asking open ended questions to enhance their desire to learn. Educators work collaboratively with children to plan engaging experiences, that foster cognitive, social, physical and emotional development.

Community and families

  • Through valuing and respecting that families are the child’s first teachers, we are able collaborate and share knowledge to achieve the best possible out come for children and develop the educational program.
  • Through implementing community participation in the educational program children are enriched in their social experience and understanding of the wider community.

Educational program

  • The program reflects the children’s need for leisure and play based learning.
  • Educators use critical reflection to examine the program and practices of the service and make changes that reflect the children’s interests and development.

Environment

  • We aim to provide a welcoming space that is responsive to children’s needs, interests and ability’s and facilitates opportunities for individual and shared experiences.
  • Educators guide children’s understanding, appreciation and respect of the natural environment and knowledge of the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.

Diversity

  • We recognise the Traditional Custodians of the lands within the Parramatta district. We pay respect to Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future. We recognise the unique cultural and spiritual relationship and celebrate the contributions of First Nations peoples to Australia.
  • We endeavour to understand and value each family’s unique history, culture, language, traditions, child rearing practices and beliefs in a celebration of diversity.