Ethos and Philosophy
“The play of children is not recreation; it means earnest work. Play is the purest intellectual production of the human being, in this stage… for the whole man is visible in them, in his finest capacities, in his innermost being.” - Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852)
At Little e’s we believe that children benefit from a play-based, child-centred and holistic curriculum. Like Froebel, we understand that humans are creative beings, who have many different learning styles. We implement an emergent approach, incorporating children’s emerging interests; the service’s goals; ideas and intentions of teachers and educators; family involvement and parent input; local and global community connections; the Christian Ethos; our understanding of early childhood development and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines.
We believe that all children should be allowed periods of time to fully explore their interests. When projects are child-centred and child-initiated, the learning that takes place occurs naturally.
Our educators focus on discovering what each child knows or the skills they already possess, through observation, family input and through discussions with the children. “Play” at Little e’s is an opportunity for individual or group learning.
Supporting the whole child is also important at Little e’s. Looking after the social, emotional, spiritual and physical areas for each child are foundational to our practices and ensuring that the curriculum is child-centred and child-interest directed enables this support of the whole child.
Every aspect of our service is built upon Christian foundations. We believe that each child has been uniquely created and that our responsibility is to support the wellbeing and development of children in ways that recognise their individual capabilities, interests and learning styles.
The result is a carefully planned learning environment which is flexible and opens up many possible avenues for exploring, being creative and becoming resourceful. Our service is committed to providing this holistic curriculum to every child, recognising their varying abilities, cultural diversity and ensuring that any specific needs for inclusion are supported to ensure that each child can participate to the best of their ability. We have been entrusted with the privilege of guiding unique individuals as they explore the elements of being, belonging and becoming, as set out in the Early Years Learning Framework.