Philosophy


Rationale:

To offer a centre that supports both children and their families.

References:

Te Whāriki (Early Childhood Documentation)

Early Childhood Regulations

Procedures:

At Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool we provide quality educational care for the tamariki families/parents/whānau of Lincoln University staff and students, research groups and the community. We are owned and managed by Lincoln Hospitality Limited. We also provide courses (in house) for parents and teachers on topics of child development. We are licensed for 42 children a day.

 

We offer a caring environment for the children and provide resources for the tamariki to access as much as possible. Our centre believes that children learn through meaningful play. The centre values the tamariki as tāonga/treasure and we provide our children with positive guidance that will enable the tamariki to develop respect for their peers, resources and the environment.

We encourage and support the children to initiate their own ako/learning through routines and self-help skills taking into consideration their developmental abilities as well as other factors such as time of the day, social and emotional wellbeing. (Linked to Guiding Children’s Behaviour)

Our centre values whānaungatanga/relationships between tamariki/parents/whānau and the community and your contribution to the daily events associated with your child at the centre.

Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool has an open door policy enabling parents and whānau the opportunity to share their tamariki experiences throughout the day. While we are a primary care giving centre we believe parents are the tamariki first teacher and we will work with the parents to provide continuity between the home and in the centre environment.

Tamariki have access to a wide range of learning experiences that include individual, small and large groups, based on Te Whāriki (the Early Childhood curriculum).

We assess all tamariki on an individual basis and encourage early identification of tamariki strengths, interests and abilities, which we extend through individual and group planning and the emergent curriculum.

The Centre offers a safe yet challenging indoor and outdoor environment in accordance with the Early Childhood Regulations 2008.

The Centre supports tamariki learning about their community by regularly going on excursions.

Lincoln University Childcare and Preschool acknowledge the significance of Te Tīriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and pride ourselves in sharing our bicultural heritage by implementing bicultural aspects into our centre programme either through art, language, dance and cultural beliefs. The centre also acknowledges its Multi-Cultural community and provides the same fundamental efforts to incorporate these cultures, values and beliefs into our programme.

The staff are fully qualified and have regular professional development through course and staff appraisals.

Our procedures are to be found in the Centre’s Operation’s Manual. We use a three year cycle for reviewing procedures and we implement an ongoing system of internal review.

 

 

 

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lucom • December 7, 2015


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