Our Philosophy

At Oz Education, our priority is the wellbeing of each child – we work toward this by using our Statement of Principles to guide our practices.

The Approved Provider, Management Team, Centre Directors, Assistant Director, Certified Supervisors, all educators and other staff believe that all children, families, Oz Education employees and members of our general community deserve equality, consistency, respect & support in relation to culture, customs, beliefs, values, family structure, physical environments, confidentiality, the right to an opinion, education, health, safety & security.

Aim

We aim for the Council of Australian Government’s vision that “all children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation”. In order to do this, we must:

– Apply the National Quality Framework
– Maintain the Guiding Principles
– Apply the Education and Care Services National Law, & National Regulation
– Apply the National Quality Standards & its elements to inform our practices
– Apply the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and its outcomes, principles & practices to inform our program
– Follow the approach of the Australian Government’s EYLF “to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school” (Belonging, Being & Becoming – Commonwealth of Australia 2009), by implementing a play based learning
program and our Oz Education Advantage Preschool Program for children in the year before formal schooling
– Encourage everyone involved in or with our service to have a sense of Belonging, Being & Becoming

Goals

Our practical goals to ensure the above occur are:

– Protect the wellbeing of every child
– Provide a play-based program for ongoing learning
– Use children’s voices, family voices, educator voices & what’s happening in our world (current affairs) to inform our program
– Allow for planned, spontaneous and intentional teaching based experiences
– Complete genuine, cyclical documentation when learning occurs
– Analyse our documentation in relation to the EYLF to demonstrate how each child is achieving outcomes as individuals and as a group
– Keep safe and hygienic environments
– Maintain genuine relationships with children, families and the community
– Be inclusive of all people
– Embrace self-improvement (through internal quality/compliance audits)
– Implement transitions into the service, between rooms and into primary school
– Be sustainably aware of our impact on the environment

Statement of Principles

This Statement of Principles applies to the National Quality Framework’s 7 Quality Areas,
including our EYLF curriculum, the National Regulation and all Laws that guide the service we provide to
our children, their families, our educators and our community.

“These principles inform the delivery of quality early childhood education and care”
(National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care – Council of Australian Governments; December 2009)

The Guiding Principles are:

1. The rights of the child are paramount

2. Children are successful, competent and capable learners

3. Equity, inclusion and diversity underpin the framework

4. Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued

5. The role of parents and families is respected and supported

6. Best practice is expected in the provision of education and care services

Sustainability Statement

Oz Education endeavours to be a sustainable and environmentally responsible addition to local
and wider communities, and our environment.

Foundation strategies for each child, family and educator to build upon include:

– reusing products for repeated or new purposes
– organising waste appropriately – landfill, recycling, greenery; and being waste conscious
– embracing gardening as a form of growing food
– incorporating natural items in both indoor and outdoor environments
– being consumable conscious – water, energy, perishables, etc.

Summary

Our policies assist everyone involved with Oz Education to ensure the above Aim & Goals,
Statement of Principles, Strategies and Sustainability Statement can be met through easy to understand guidance in the form of documented information and procedures to follow.

Sources: Education and Care Services National Law 2010
Education and Care Services National Regulation 2014
National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care
Council of Australian Governments DEEWR 
Guide to the National Quality Framework ACECQA 2013
Guide to the National Quality Standard ACECQA 2013
Belonging, Being & Becoming
Council of Australian Governments DEEWR
E-Newsletter. No. 28. Our ‘Revising the service philosophy’
Early Childhood Australia (2011). EYLF PLP

Updated February 2015