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Each child is an individual, not separate from their family. Therefore we recognise that families and staff can work together to encourage each child to reach their full potential.

In respect of children
To provide and encourage:
•a happy and relaxed atmosphere
•a safe, warm and caring environment where children feel secure
•a clean, nutritional and healthy setting, where children learn self awareness
•an opportunity to discover, explore and learn through play
•an opportunity to freely express ideas, thoughts, opinions and emotions
•an opportunity to make decisions, solve problems and ask questions
•the freedom to use a variety of materials and be involved in a variety of activities
•an environment where each child’s cultural background is valued and respected
•an environment free of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, culture or sex
•an environment accepting of disabilities and special needs
•the development of a positive self esteem and sense of worth in all children
•an educational program for each child relevant to their needs, strengths and interests
•an environment where children can enhance their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, creative, self help and language development through a skills based program

In respect of families
•to foster positive relationships between staff and families where information and knowledge about the child and family is shared, recognising that confidentiality will be maintained at all times
•to acknowledge and accept that each family has a unique cultural background and to value and respect these differences
•to provide parents and other significant family members of the child with support, information and guidance as necessary to assist in their child rearing practices
•to liaise as appropriate, with other childhood and associated health and welfare services, to allow for the development of a comprehensive, flexible and integrated approach to meeting the needs of the family and the community in general
•to acknowledge the unique talents, skills and interests of each family, utilising them in the program and involving families where possible, in all aspects of the centre

In respect of staff
To provide:
•an environment where staff work at least, according to their award or individual agreement conditions
•opportunities to express ideas, thoughts and opinions in a professional manner
•opportunities to be flexible in the changing of the program and setting of equipment
•opportunities for further professional development, through attendance at relevant inservices, meetings and conferences
•a supportive and compassionate environment where staff can discuss personal concerns
•recognition and praise for a job well done
•an environment where staff respect and accept individual differences
•opportunities for staff to share and exchange knowledge, skills, talents and experiences
•quality care and education for all childrena safe, clean and healthy environment to minimise the exposure of staff to infection, illness or accident

Mayfield Central Community Preschool is a Community Based Centre catering for up to 26 children per day. We are licensed and funded by the Department of Community Services to provide care and educational programming for children between the ages 3 and 6 years.