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About The Centre Karana Early Education Centre is a place where “Belonging, Being, Becoming” moves beyond words, into a culture that we live. It is our Aim for people to feel like they are a part of our family the moment they walk in the door. Building relationships is one of the most important aspects of what we do, creating an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming for children, their families and visitors; a place where children feel loved, safe and secure away from their families. We Recognise children’s needs for strong attachments to those who care for them, and we make a commitment to get to know each child, take joy from being with them, and make being available to them a priority. Also of high importance, are the partnerships we form with families, recognising them as children’s first and most influential teachers. We aim to form strong links between a child’s home life, the centre, and the wider community. We understand the Needs of families to feel confident in the knowledge that their children are in a place where they will receive care second only to what they themselves would give. We encourage All families to participate in the life of our centre in any capacity they are able, and we welcome and value their input and feedback as partners in the care of their children. Environments should be built by the people within it, and children need to be able to see and feel a reflection of the individual they are within that environment. As we celebrate the differences and diversity of others, we create a place that is reflective of the cultures of us, the children, their families and the community, and respectful of the Aboriginal heritage of our country. Realising that each person has something unique and special to bring, we welcome and embrace the diversity of each person Linked to our centre. We understand that a rich cultural atmosphere is central to children learning empathy and understanding toward others, both in their early Years and in their lives ahead. Experiences provided for children, both planned and spontaneous, are undertaken to support the learning and Development of each child and their individual abilities, needs and interests. Our curriculum recognizes the Early Years Learning Framework as the Underpinning foundation for the way we educate children. We believe that children will thrive best in a play based learning environment and we strive to Create rich learning opportunities through the environment, which enable children to explore and discover, bring out their imaginations, build relationships, and Above all, have FUN! To identify children’s strengths, we carefully observe and reflect, then plan with these strengths in mind, setting children up for success and providing opportunities for them to play and learn In their own unique ways. We recognize the routines of Our day as just as important in children’s learning as the “play” times, and strive to scaffold learning opportunities into all aspects of our day. New and exciting ways of doing things are explored and implemented with the children at all times. CContinually building our own knowledge through professional development and further learning, we believe is the best way for us to advocate for life long learning. As Educators, we never stop learning, and often engage in co-learning with the very people we teach. We strive to create a strong team based ethos, free from Negativity and judgement. A place where each Educator is valued for what they bring, and is able to freely express themself. To ensure we create a culture of professional enquiry, we work together to examine our current practices, review outcomes and generate new ideas. By engaging in Reflective practices, we are always pushing the boundaries of what might be, in our goal to make Karana Early Education Centre the best place to be….. a leader in our field…… a centre of excellence, where Every child in our care has the best possible experience each and every day.
We are a registered provider for the Child Care Benefit and parents can claim Kindergarten fees if they are eligible. There is a Health Care Card subsidy for children and parents that hold a current Health Care Card. Qualified Early Childhood teachers and assistants are employed and continuing professional development is a priority with all staff at the Centre. The Kindergarten is well equipped and the program is enriched by the use of College resources such as the library and farm. Parents are also encouraged to be involved through day-to-day contact with staff, participating in the program and voluntary membership of the Kindergarten's management committee.
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