A nuturing, caring environment for your children.
Our mission is to provide a caring, nurturing environment that respects individuality, encourages learning and develops strong connections with families.
Flamingo Community Group believes that children are individuals with individual needs and as such they will learn and mature in very different ways. Their individuality is acknowledged and respected within our centre.
By using a child centred, play based programme each child’s individual strengths are developed. In this way children are encouraged to explore, experiment and discover within a safe, supportive non-judgemental environment where all efforts are acknowledged.
Creating an environment where children feel safe to develop their social skills, learn and experiment with new concepts, further extend their thinking and continue to develop their physical skills is something we aim for.
Our physical environment both indoor and out is constantly altering to cater for the ever changing abilities of the children. We strive to incorporate the interests of all of the children within safe boundaries, so that they all feel able to challenge themselves without being overwhelmed.
Our staff strive to continually stay current with their training. Staff attend information sessions, first aid training & programme development sessions regularly. Connections are made with other professionals locally, so our community network is strengthened. Liaising with professionals in other children’s services to achieve the best outcomes and support for our families is highly valued by our staff. Making the kindergarten environment a friendly, welcoming place for all, where friendships can be made, questions asked, information shared and both children and families feel comfortable and part of our own kindergarten family is a goal for our staff.
A child’s family is the main source of their education; providing nurturing, encouraging development, providing play opportunities and supporting children through all experiences. Families are experts without degrees and we at Flamingo Community Group see our role in the lives of children as encouraging and supporting families as best we can. We see our service as an extension of your family and the opportunities that your child has had so far in their first three wonderful years of life. We endeavour to build on the steps of learning that have begun and continue within a child’s family.
To help us in implementing our programme we incorporate the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (which will become part of the National Quality Standard in 2012). This framework guides our programme planning for all children. Through this our programme aims to help children develop a strong sense of Being, Belonging and Becoming. The framework identifies five specific learning outcomes that will strengthen each child’s ability to develop this sense. The learning outcomes are;
Through constant observation, planning and reflection our programme aims to provide fun, relevant and challenging learning experiences for all children.
Early childhood is an ever evolving field and as such we will endeavour to;
Leanne, our Programme Coordinator, holds a Diploma of Teaching - Early Childhood, and a Bachelor of Educational Studies. She has taught in a number of different preschools as a Director. Leanne has taught both 3 & 4 year olds, and has previously worked as an additional assistant with children who have additional needs. This is Leanne's 17th year of teaching at Flamingo Community Group.
Wendy, our Co-educator, has a Certificate 3 and Diploma in Children's Services as well as a Certificate Of Education (Additional Assistant). She is now in her third year as a Co-educator at Flamingo.