Albany Hills Outside School Hours Care Service believes that all children have a right to develop to their full potential. We aim to incorporate experiences in the curriculum that recognise the uniqueness of each child. Children are encouraged to contribute to the program and these contributions are incorporated into the weekly program.

Educators work alongside children in a safe and supportive environment that inspires children to seek out new challenges and experiences. The service offers opportunities to engage in activities that will challenge and develop skills whilst allowing children to manage risks. Children are offered opportunities for decision making and leadership as well as individual and group activities. These are designed to foster positive self-esteem, confidence and build resilience, whilst encouraging independence, autonomy and the development of social skills.

At Albany Hills OSHC we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We recognise the many significant contributions of the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander 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:

  • Safe, secure and caring environments which complement their home, school and community life.
  • Supervision, encouragement and support from professional educators.
  • Be heard, respected, valued and included.
  • Equity of opportunity.
  • Quality programs that offer a holistic approach to children’s health, creativity, social and emotional wellbeing and physical development.
  • Programs and resources which actively promote the acceptance and inclusion of diverse ages, abilities, interests, family structures and cultural heritage.
  • Experiences which enhance independence, the development of life skills and build self-esteem and confidence.
  • Learn about and participate in sustainable practices so responsible decisions and understanding of how actions and choices affect the environment.
  • Participate in the planning and evaluation of the programmes.

 

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

  • Feel welcomed.
  • Feel confident that their children are safe, supervised, happy and involved.
  • Open and respectful interactions with staff and management.
  • Comprehensive information about the service, their child/ren, staff and the program.
  • 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 offer support and respect all parents.
  • Consideration, support and respect for individual family circumstances and needs.
  • Timely and equitable responses to issues.
  • Quality services which actively promote the acceptance and inclusion of families of diverse abilities, traditions, structures and cultural heritage.
  • A collaborative partnership between educators and families when developing and implementing behaviour management plans and strategies with children.
  • Participate in the planning and evaluation of the programs.

Created: September 2013

Reviewed: January 2014, June 2015, July 2015, March 2016, June 2017, September 2018

References: My Time Our Place, ECA Code of Ethics