Planning an Early Childhood occupation?

The starting point – Develop your philosophy
Every early childhood professional (if not for every professional), needs a philosophy (read our philosophy). It is the WHY behind why we want to work with children, the WHAT we do in our work with children, their families and others directly, or indirectly involved. Our philosophy should sum up our beliefs, values, and aspirations about our provisions of care and education. It should also explain the reasons we implement our provisions in the way that we do.

Well, once you are done with that, you have to ensure your philosophy is a living one. It is essential that those working alongside with you, has the ability to input into your philosophy. Thus, there is more likely to be the commitment and willingness to live up to, and maintain your philosophy. While there is no standard way of doing this, the first step would be to establish your starting point (which would be done in para 1). After which, involvement, motivation, and commitment are the keys to ensuring that your philosophy really flows through your service, and is not just left to gather dust.

These are some useful steps to consider when developing your philosophy:

  1. Brainstorm all the key areas you and those involved consider should be included.
    Establish a key list.
  2. Develop key statements around each of your headings.
  3. Edit the statements, trying to fit your key components to form your final philosophy.

The philosophy statement of a centre should basically highlight its beliefs and values in providing for children’s development, care, and education. The importance of its environment which supports meaningful learning with inclusion of children with special needs, and safe and healthy environment (for both its children and staff). The promotion of staff development, professionalism and good centre management. Lastly, the building of sound inter-personal relationships among staff, children, families and community partners with an emphasis on promoting inter-generational bonding and multi-culturalism.

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