Families and primary care giving
Primary care giving describes a system of care where a secure emotional attachment is developed between child and adult in the child's life (their primary caregiver). This practice fosters a relationship of trust, safety and support to develop, and therefore the sharing of information between home and child care. We believe that this primary care giving practice to support a child's development and learning is a shared responsibility between family and childcare. That is why we feel it's important to create a close partnership between ourselves and families. We regularly share information about, and nurture, each child’s development in a circle of security where families feel comfortable, respected, supported and connected.
Because we have a strong focus on relationship development between children and educators at Aberfoyle Hub Community Children’s Centre, the program works well, in that it encourages and supports each child’s developing independence and self help skills, interaction, and builds a sense of growing competence. Educators are guided by children’s interests and ideas, and children's self esteem is enhanced.
Our children are given a range of open-ended materials and carefully chosen non-biased and multicultural resources to stimulate and challenge them. The program aims to develop children's competency by giving them a chance to make choices and take new challenges on whilst in our care. It implements the Commonwealth Government’s nationally recognised Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).