Our philosophy and Guiding Theories
“Tell me, I’ may forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.” Chinese Proverb
At Hamilton House we believe children learn best through play. By providing an environment that is caring, supportive and inclusive of all children and their families, children are able to draw meaning from the world around them. We strive to ensure everyone has a sense of belonging as we guide children through these important years to become lifelong learners.
For our children:
Support the social and emotional wellbeing of the children in our care as we endeavour to build respectful and meaningful relationships with them. Build strong connections between home and care. Ensure open ended and equal choices are available for all children. Provide a safe caring environment.
For our families:
Support for families by providing an easy transition into care.
Provide affordable care and a welcoming environment. Encourage active involvement in their children’s learning and development.
For our staff:
Support each educator’s experiences, backgrounds and diversity.
Utilise our wealth of knowledge, cultures and passion for early childhood education.
For our community:
Maintain positive connections with local business, schools and programs. Promote understanding of the importance of early years education and care to the wider community.
Open Communication Policy
Parents and caregivers are a very important part of our Centre family, and your input and precious time is highly valued.
The most important avenue of keeping in touch is through verbal communication on a daily basis. Educators ensure that each child is greeted and farewells are made each day and this is an important time for families to communicate and pass on messages about the child’s feelings, moods, progress, etc.
Our educators welcome comments and suggestions to improve the quality of care of your child. When areas of concern arise, the problem should be brought to the attention of the Lead Educator who will hear your suggestion or grievance and attempt to work through the problem. If additional communication is necessary, the problem can be taken to the Director.
There are also many other ways to keep our communication channels open such as email and phone. We also use Educa, this also allows educators to write about activities during the day, providing families with an updated account of the program and a basis for which to encourage conversations with children at home. Each room also provides a Weekly Program, to advise families of upcoming activities, events and interests being extended.
The Centre provides parents with a Noticeboard, Suggestion Box, Newsletters and regular emails to keep you updated on numerous topics specific for the care of your child.
The Centre Manager also has a communication book on the front desk, so at any time you can write down a message if she is unavailable.
We believe in the emergent approach where communication and collaboration between educators and families is paramount to the children’s interests being fostered, extended and evaluated. We, as educators, can learn so much more about your child and program to their individuality if you openly share their interests, likes and feelings.
Remember, we are here to work in partnership with you. "A problem shared is a problem solved".
From the Staff of Hamilton House Early Childhood Centre.