Natural
Environment

There is mounting evidence that connecting children to the natural world through early education programs and environments enhances and enriches learning, and is essential for healthy development (Kinsella, 2007).

The natural outdoor learning environment at FTPECC is one of our greatest assets. Large shade trees, open grassed areas, shrub lined garden paths, water courses, sand and muddy areas offer space to create, innovate, imagine and explore. 

Nurturing Rooms

Seven large light filled rooms invite children to play and socialise in their peer groups. Resources and equipment are thoughtfully prepared by dedicated Educators to provoke curiosity, creativity and sharing of ideas.

The natural environment is not forgotten indoors. Natural materials feature throughout the indoors in furniture, and play and learning resources. Connecting verandas offer children the opportunity to move freely between the indoor and outdoor environment.

The play and learning spaces within the indoor environment reflect the changing interests, rhythms  and routines of the children.

 

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Relationships are key

Safe, secure and reciprocal relationships are the cornerstone of all positive learning environments. KidsMatter Early Childhood research shows “relationships are central to children developing acceptance, self-esteem and higher functioning thinking skills that contribute to positive learning and life outcomes.”

Educators’ responsive and meaningful interactions with children build trusting relationships which engage and support each child to feel secure, confident and included. Educators support children to collaborate, learn from and help each other, regulate their own behaviour, respond appropriately to the behaviour of others and communicate effectively to resolve conflicts and share ideas.

At Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre we recognise parents and families are the most important people and primary influence in children’s lives. We understand the importance of working collaboratively with families to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.

Learning Through Play

It is well known that children learn through play in meaningful and engaging contexts. The play based curriculum offered at Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.

The dispositions for learning, such as curiosity, openness, optimism, resilience, concentration, and creativity (SACSA, 2009), are developed in play. Playing is linked to the development of resilience and the beginnings of empathy as children begin to understand other points of view.

We are fortunate to provide children the large blocks of time they need to develop play themes and ideas in a flexible and responsive environment.

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Sustainability and Wellbeing

Fig Tree Pocket Early Childhood Centre cares for the environment and supports children to become environmentally responsible.

We are privileged to be working with children who are open to the concept of connecting to the environment around them and how to change the way we do things in order to sustain it.

Children are taught, and engage in, basic composting, worm farming, and caring for our chickens. Educators encourage children and help facilitate the planting, care and harvesting of the vegetation in our gardens, as well as recycling play water to water gardens.

Recycling is an everyday part of children’s experience here, whether it be reusing materials for their crafts and play, or learning what can be recycled, composted or goes in general waste.

Health and Safety

We understand the importance of supervision in maintaining a safe environment for children. Our educators are trained and appraised against the expectation that effective supervision is maintained at all times. Routines, rosters and environments are planned, reviewed and modified to facilitate effective supervision.

A comprehensive range of policies and procedures relating to health and safety are developed and implemented in consultation with staff, families, children and authorities to promote the health and safety of everyone attending and visiting our centre. Policies include Supervision, Sun Safety, Sleep Safety, Ilness and injury, Child Protection, Cleaning and Maintenance. Book a tour to find out more about our policies and procedures.

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Behaviour Guidance

We recognise children’s behaviours are communication of their needs, emotions and state of well being. Children’s language, physical actions, resilience and emotions provide valuable insight into their need for comfort, space, support and engagement at any given time.

Our approach to behaviour guidance demonstrates respect for all, as we work in partnership with families to provide a nurturing environment that helps children develop agency and self awareness. Educators support children to make choices about what is positive behaviour, as well as understand the effects their actions have on themselves and others so that they can have successful social interactions.

Each year our educators participate in Behaviour Guidance training, run by qualified child psychologists, packaged into childcare specific professional development training.