The benefits of pets in our Centre

Having a relationship with a pet can help children develop a caring attitude and skills such as nurturing, responsibility, empathy and improved communication.

We would like to see that all our kids develop certain skills and understanding about sharing our world with pets (chooks, guinea pigs and fish). Children learn…….

  1. Caring attitude towards animals
  2. Learn to handle them carefully i.e. not run after them, or injure them by holding them incorrectly.
  3. Learn responsibilities of feeding them
  4. Help overcome some phobias regarding handling of animals.
  5. Understand aspects of hygiene related to animals- like using hand gel/washing hands after touching animals.
  6. Kids could understand the benefits of keeping some animals e.g. – chickens for their eggs.
  7. They nurture the aspects of sustainability i.e. chickens droppings can be used for compost that later can be used for feeding the plants.

Pet coops at our centre are regularly cleaned even on weekends. They are checked by a vet regularly – last visit was two weeks ago. Centre has policies in place regarding cleaning, caring and medical treatment of our pets. We have been regularly exposing the children to our pets and they really enjoy it. They love picking the eggs in the morning. We have also had a small pet snake brought into the centre for kids to have a feel. Of course the staff and kids alike have a long way to go regarding overcoming phobias!!!!!
We will soon be having other such wildlife days.

Hope our kids enjoy our pets and make beautiful memories as they grow up in a well nurtured and loved environment.

 Sustainability Practices

Education and care settings are places to learn about self, others and the world. Educators foster children’s capacity to understand and respect the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.

At our Centre we have been teaching our children about sustainable practices by doing the following:

1. Learning to turn lights off when not needed especially at rest time and before going out to play at 3.00pm. Because our Centre has such excellent natural lighting we find we rarely need to utilise artificial lighting. We like to talk to the children about not using this ‘energy’ up.

2. Each room has a small recycle bin that is clearly labelled with photos of what to put in that bin. Educators are teaching children to use these bins responsibly. Children are putting all scrap paper from their art work into these bins and sharing in discussions as to ‘why’ paper is going in a separate bin.

3. Water conservation is an important aspect of sustainable practices. Children learn this by pouring only as much water as is needed into their cup, then pouring the remainder onto our natural growing grass, or our growing plants.

4. Children our learning to take care of our Centre animals. Children know that our vegetable food scraps left over from the kitchen goes to our compost, chooks or worm farm. And that the scraps form an important part of making ‘mulch’ or ‘food’ for our growing vegetable garden.

In saying all this we request families to continue to remind children about such practices at home. Families, Educators and children can then work together to show respect, care and appreciation for our natural environment.

 Our Philosophy Statement

We consider it to be the ethical responsibility of all staff to

• Be familiar with the knowledge base of early childhood educational and to keep up with current educational trends through continued training.
• Recognize and respect the uniqueness and potential of each child.
• Create and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
• Support the right of children with special needs to participate, consistent with their abilities, in regular early childhood programs.
• Respect the dignity of each child and their contribution to our community.

With these points in mind, we believe the most positive and productive learning experiences take place in a stimulating and warm environment. A young child’s educational setting should be one in which the child can feel a part ownership; a place he or she helped to create. It should be ever changing yet predictably supportive when necessary.

While at Parklands Drive Early Childhood Centre we want your child to be challenged by a wide range of activities, equipment and experiences. We will endeavour to provide an atmosphere that is non-threatening and an environment that is a safe place to learn. As childhood educators and carers we will ensure that all areas of the program are non-discriminating i.e. resources, language used and physical environment.

We value a child centred program where each individual’s idea and interests are considered each day. We believe optimal learning experiences can be facilitated through continual observation, recording and evaluation of children’s abilities, responses and interests.

We also believe that children learn through experiences and that our role as educators is to facilitate enriched experiences through play and routine. When children learn through play and are actively engaged over time. At Parklands Drive Early Childhood Centre we endeavour to create an atmosphere where children feel comfortable being either an active participant or an interested spectator as we believe each individual learns in different ways.

We celebrate and respect each child’s culture, religion, family background and abilities. All staff at Parklands Drive Early Childhood Centre wants parents to feel welcome in the centre. We would like to encourage parents to ask questions and to be a vital part of their child’s learning. We encourage parents and guardians to partner us in providing educational opportunities for each child and to develop a trusting relationship with us.

Our overall aim is for each child to feel loved, to develop a love of learning, self respect and the positive attitudes needed to grow and be a part of the society of their times.