Little Footprints believes that children are a gift from God. We believe that Educators have a responsibility to God, to teach children about Him and His ways. We believe in the accountability each adult has towards God, families, and the community in the way a child is raised, therefore we believe this role needs to be taken very seriously, and be fulfilled whole heartedly. We believe modelling Christian values and behaviors are one of the most important ways to influence a child, as well as teaching them biblical truths for life. We believe it is important for children to develop respect for people in authority such as teachers, their parents, the police, and ultimately God, through love and not fear. Through doing this Little Footprints believes children are more likely to be spared from making the wrong decisions in life. Little Footprints believes that staff members need to respond to children with warmth, responsiveness and encourage problem solving to help build a positive learning environment. We as Educators believe in the importance to protect and cherish the innocence of children and thus provide a safe and secure environment.
For the Educators in any early childhood setting, team work and effective communication are essential requirements for positive outcomes across all aspects of the Services’ functioning, for ‘together everyone achieves more”. Educators are responsive to all children’s strengths, abilities and interests. We value and build on children’s strengths, skills and knowledge to ensure their motivation and engagement in learning (EYLF). We aim to create an environment of trust and respect, where we work towards achieving a shared goal.
Little Footprints believes that staff members need to engage in the process of documentation. Through documenting, valuable and meaningful information can be collected revealing children’s processes of learning, interests, investigations and exploration. We aim to be reflective of our documentation. We also aim to share observations among all staff members and as this offers staff members opportunities to learn from each other and give each other ideas. Little Footprints believes that planning and implementing the program should be done in collaboration with all stakeholders of the centre.
The centre aims to provide opportunities to engage in creative dialogue with family members that respects diversity in cultures. Staffs need to be goal orientated when communicating with family members.
Little Footprints believes that it is essential for all staff members to undertake continuous professional development in order to build on their skills and knowledge. Little Footprints believes that all staff members need to attend many training sessions and in-services a year. It is also essential for staff members to learn from each other through staff meetings and by working together throughout the day.