Philosophy

Albany Hills Outside School Hours Care Service believes that all children have a right to develop fully as individuals. We aim to incorporate experiences in the curriculum that recognise each child’s uniqueness.  We will celebrate each child’s contributions to the program.  

Educators will work alongside children in a safe and supportive environment that inspires children to seek out new challenges that promotes further enquiry. The service will offer children opportunities to engage in activities that will challenge and develop children’s skills whilst allowing children to manage risks. Children will be offered opportunities for decision making and leadership as well as individual and group activities that are designed to foster positive self-esteem and confidence, whilst encourage independence and autonomy.

At Albany Hills OSHC we acknowledge the ‘Turrbal’ people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We recognise the many significant contributions of the ATSI community and their elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect the important role that all cultures play in our community.

We believe that all children in OSHC have a right to:

Ø  Safe, secure and caring environments which complement their home, school and community life.

Ø  Supervision, encouragement and support from professional educators.

Ø  Be heard, respected, valued and included.

Ø  Equity of opportunity.

Ø  Experiences which enhance independence, the development of life skills and build self-esteem and confidence.

Ø  Quality programs that offer a holistic approach to children’s health, creativity, social and emotional wellbeing and physical development.  

Ø  Programs and resources which actively promote the acceptance and inclusion of children of diverse ages, abilities, interests, family structures and cultural heritage.

Ø  Participate in the planning and evaluation of the programs.

Ø  Learn about and participate in sustainable practices so children can make responsible decisions and understand how their actions and choices affect the environment.

We believe that all families with children in OSHC have a right to:

Ø  Feel welcomed.

Ø  Be recognised and respected as each child’s primary care giver and the role they play being responsible for the overall upbringing, protection and development of their child/ren. Albany Hills will support and respect all parents in that role.

Ø  Comprehensive information about the service, their child/ren, staff and the program.

Ø  Feel confident that their children are safe, supervised, happy and involved.

Ø  Open and respectful interactions with staff and management.

Ø  Participate in the planning and evaluation of the programs.

Ø  Timely and equitable responses to issues.

Ø  Consideration, support and respect for individual family circumstances and needs.

Ø  Quality services which actively promote the acceptance and inclusion of families of diverse abilities, traditions, structures and cultural heritage.

Ø  A collaborative partnership between educators and families when developing and implementing behaviour management plans and strategies with children.

Created: September 2013

Reviewed: January 2014, June 2015, July 2015, March 2016, June 2017

References: My Time Our Place, ECA Code of Ethics