Leading Edge Childcare would like to acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi people as the traditional owners of the land on which our centre is located. We honour and respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We pay respect to Elders past, present and future and value the traditions, culture and aspirations of the first Australians of this land.
Leading Edge Childcare is focussed on ensuring each child has the opportunity to explore and develop their own identity through play based learning.
To realise the potential of all children, our service provides a nurturing, secure and stimulating learning environment, one that promotes happiness and a strong desire to learn. The primary aim is for children to increase their understanding of the world in which they live through development of broadly based knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to take the prerequisite steps in preparation for lifelong learning.
Our passionate and qualified educators design, implement and evaluate innovative and challenging programs that reflect the most contemporary early childhood theory and research that is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.
We believe that working closely, and building partnerships with families is vital, so children feel like we are an extension of their family home. We acknowledge family values and beliefs which welcomes diversity into our program.
Our philosophy recognises that children mature at different rates and have preferred styles of learning. It also emphasises the importance of holistic learning with special attention paid to the establishment of an emotionally secure foundation to support each child’s developing sense of self and empathy for others. Relationships between children and children, children and educators and educators and families are nurtured, with the aim to establish a community of learners who embark on a mutually beneficial learning journey, creating their sense of self within their world and community. Our environments are carefully resourced with the inclusivity of loose parts play. We believe resources encourage many thinking processes with individual learning outcomes. We believe that children should explore a range of manufactured materials and exposure to “real life” resources to encourage independence and learning.
Our curriculum supports a holistic approach with highly skilled educators to scaffold the children’s interests, fostering the uniqueness of their learning outcomes. This allows for interpretation and skilled knowledge about their current interests. The role of our educators is to support learning, offer encouragement and materials, and to provide a secure, caring and stimulating environment that encourages children to develop cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally as well as enhancing their communication and language skills. To do this, they will foster effective interpersonal and communicative links with families and colleagues and caring, supportive relationships with each child within their care.