Philosophy

Clarence Family Day Care Service philosophy reflects our values and beliefs. It is the commitment that all educators and staff with our service adopts, implements and enacts.

  • We are committed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which CFDC operates on and pay respect to past, present and future elders. We welcome connections with First Nations cultures through sharing of yarns, art, histories and language.
  • We believe in children and value their childhood. Every child has the right to a childhood where they are free to be themselves – do their own art, make their own craft, where they are free to dig in the dirt, jump in puddles, explore, climb and create.
  • We believe that children benefit from environments that are unforced, unhurried, flexible and are about children, not about adults.
  • We believe all children are successful, competent learners and their input, as well as their families input, into the curriculum is invaluable.
  • We support children to be effective risk assessors and understand the limits of their own bodies within the learning environment.
  • We provide a total learning environment where children are free to observe, question, experiment and explore including ‘risky play’ opportunities to challenge and stimulate their young minds and bodies.
  • We focus on providing a safe, happy, inclusive, caring, fun and creative environment for all children.
  • We encourage respect, honesty, tolerance, kindness, equality and appreciation of others.
  • We believe that all children have individual talents, personalities, interests, needs and abilities that must be nurtured and allowed to flourish.
  • We promote life-long learning by ensuring that children are actively involved in their learning through play, interactions, exploration and experience.
  • We believe that play is not a luxury, but it is a necessity.
  • We value diversity, and we encourage acceptance, tolerance, understanding and respect from all and for all children.
  • We respect and embrace the diversity and culture of all our families and ensure all families feel welcomed and valued within our service.
  • We believe all children have the right to be treated equally and with respect, regardless of race, language, ability or gender.
  • We create an environment that promotes autonomy and independence, so children can become confident, knowledgeable and involved individuals.
  • We encourage children to engage with the natural environment to stimulate brain development and encourage environmental responsibility.
  • We support children to make connections with their local community, through participating in community events and excursions, to enhance a child’s sense of belonging.
  • We are committed to continuous improvement and professional development to provide the best service to the children and families that are part of CFDC.

Clarence Family Day Care is a wonderful child care option that values the development of children through flexible and unique learning environments that support children’s curiosity, exploration and fun.