The program at each centre provides a range of planned and spontaneous learning experiences for children. Each program has an educational focus and practice that engages, stimulates and enhances children's learning and development.

Learning experiences emerge from the children's interests, which are identified by staff through interacting with children and their families, and through an intentional teaching approach. Curriculum planning is based on the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF informs the development of a program for each child that enhances their learning and development from birth to five years and through transition to school.

Each centre is guided by a philosophy of learning developed by staff in consultation with families.

The philosophy is a written statement of the values, beliefs and approaches that guide the everyday practice. As passionate advocates for high quality early childhood care and education, our philosophy is strongly guided by curriculum frameworks such as the Early Years Learning Framework, Reggio Emilia theories and Emergent Curriculum approaches. Central to the development of our philosophy is the importance of creating rich, multifaceted relationships with children, families and the community which in turn allows us to provide a high quality early childhood program which is real and relevant to children's personal experiences and cultural backgrounds.

Staff will ensure that children’s learning is documented daily. Documentation will include reflections on children’s learning, development and interactions. It will be used as a foundation for developing the curriculum at the centre along with input from families, carers and the community.

The following components will be used to record children’s learning and development:

  • The Reflective Journal – will be completed daily and will reflect on experiences and projects that the children are participating in. It also provides a basis for staff to reflect on the effectiveness of the teaching principles and practices being utilised within the centre;
  • Children’s Individual Learning and Education Files – each child’s individual learning and development portfolio will be completed on a regular basis;
  • Project Work and Children’s Investigations - will be recorded and used to enhance further learning and development.

Liverpool City Council Early Childhood Services
  Providing care and education for children 0-5 years