Respect for Children

The following is our Philosophy regarding Respect for Children used to guide practice and to help support children’s well-being, development and learning in our early childhood care and learning service.

We believe:

  • The children are citizens in both the Kids Cottage community and in the larger community, and give the children the rights and responsibilities that accompany citizenship;
  • Each segment of life brings with it particular characteristics, limitations, and challenges.  What caregiver’s offers a child is to reflect the child as he or she is in the present because we believe children are prepared best for the future when this occurs;
  • Investment is made in children’s learning and lives because they matter in the present, rather than because of likely future benefits.  Also, at the same time their learning is assumed to be a foundation for the rest of their life.  We believe in providing an enriching high quality caring and emerging learning curriculum and facilities with quality trained professional practicing and re-adjusting or continually improving high quality care in collaboration with families and other members of the community;
  • The image of the child, no matter how young, is of a human being with many skills and abilities, a powerful and active contributor to his or her own learning;
  • That children, even very young children, are often more competent, intelligent, and capable than they are perceived or understood to be;
  • Professionals and caregivers see the world through the child’s eyes, to take their perspective in order to discover the child’s meaning rather than imposing their own meaning;
  • Unless their experience tells them otherwise, children see themselves as powerful in their own learning.  We recognise this sense of self as an effective learner and aim to support this as it will contribute to lifelong confidence and competence;
  • The value to identify and respond to each child’s strengths;
  • To be sensitive to the many different ways to be clever (100 languages of children). Some children are very good at interacting with others; some are very skilled in physical activities, or with their hands; some are excellent communicators; some show great ability with thinking and problem solving; some are good at drawing singing, dancing.

It is therefore our short and long term broad aim to achieve the practice of Respect for Children

Source: NSW Community Services, Office of Childcare, NSW Curriculum Framework, Practice of Relationships (Linked to evolving: Philosophies, EYLF (NQF), Aims, Documentation, Curriculum & Practice)