"How one handles success or failure is determined by their early education". Harold Ramis
Upper Beaconsfield Community Early Learning Centre (UBC ELC), owes its existence to the community’s response to the Ash Wednesday bushfires. The ELC continues to respond to the needs of the community with a safe, secure and nurturing environment for their children as well as supporting parent’s needs.
The service encourages children to make independent decisions while increasing their awareness of their self-help skills, based on their age and individual capabilities. Educators lead by example and act as role models for children to nurture them through play experiences, which is a critical part of developing and acquiring children for life skills.
Children at UBCC ELC develops a sense of belonging and builds on their own social experiences to build friendships in their own setting. The program aims to develop and extend on the learning programs so they are focused on children’s needs and interests, whilst taking into account their culture, strengths, abilities and links with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), 2009.
Our Program Planning follows an Emergent Curriculum approach, where educators document the children’s interest as they emerge. They can do this through conversations with families, observations, photos, and children’s art work or through talking with your child. We then use this to program and set out activities that your child is interested in. We evaluate the activities regularly to see what is working and isn’t working and make modifications as necessary. This type of planning allows educators to be flexible and allows educators to spontaneously respond to a child’s interest.
We develop individual portfolios which are a collection of your child’s individual observations that educators have taken on your child’s development and/or milestones. As educators, we evaluate these and see where your child’s strengths are, where we can assist in their development and plan accordingly. We also keep your child’s treasured art pieces in this folder.
We encourage families to be part of our program planning, through communicating with us about your child’s interests or even what you did on the weekend. We have a communication book available and encourage families to let us know anything relevant. We encourage families to be part of our programming at every opportunity so if you have a talent, a tradition or special interest, we encourage families to come along & share it with all of the children in the ELC.
Across Ages Play
Although we have two separate rooms we encourage children to move freely between rooms and play with children across all ages.