Maiden Gully Early Years Hub
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Our belief, supported by current research, is that the first thousand days of a child’s life are critical in determining their future successes. 90% of a child’s brain is developed within the first 5 years of their life. Our educational programs are delivered through intentional play based activities that aim to improve each child’s learning and development in the following key areas:
- Social skills – how to play co-operatively with other children, make new friends and to problem solve and find positive solutions,
- Provides opportunities for language, literacy and numeracy skills in an authentic setting,
- Exposes children to new ideas, concepts and critical thinking,
- Promotes self-awareness and an understanding of their own feelings,
- Develops a respect for others and empathy towards them, and
- Develops a sense of community and respect for all cultures, with a specific focus on embedding Aboriginal perspectives and developing a respect for Aboriginal cultures.
Our aspiration for the Early Years Hub is a journey taken over many years which involved visiting many other services both state and interstate. Shine Bright facility will provide high quality kindergarten and stimulating educational environments within long day care programs for the local community. Each room will be run by a qualified teacher and have an educational program. Our learning environment will inspire wonder, creativity and shared learning.
The Maiden Gully Early Years Hub will offer 2 onsite Maternal and Child Health Nurses, Allied and Medical staff to support the children and families. By having these practitioners on site it is envisaged that early assessment of developmental issues, intervention and support will be offered as a wraparound service model for children and their families. This model of education and health provision is strongly supported by the Victorian Government and identified as best practice by early year’s research. It will allow for synergies in case management where dialogue and information sharing between medical, health and education professionals can easily occur to promote the best outcome for each child and their family. This approach is unique and definitely the first kind within regional Victoria!
The facility is also designed to offer high quality professional development and training opportunities for Shine Bright staff (Bachelor, Diploma & Certificate III) and for non-Shine Bright early years staff. Options to partner with third party training entities such as La Trobe University and TAFE are also expected.
The Maiden Gully Early Years Hub will be open weekdays between 7am to 6pm for children aged between 6 weeks to 5 years old. Kindergarten and long day care services will be provided with a focus on education for all ages.
Maiden Gully 2021
2021 Sessional Kindergarten Times
Nominated Supervisor: Belinda
Educational Leader: Belinda
Staff: Louise, Sarah, Lisa, Kate, Bianca, Stephanie, Amelia, Jennifer Teshia, Tahni, Jordyn, Carolyn, Jesakiera, Astrid, Evanda, Tegan, Belinda, Cara, Amie, Jo, Amelia, Melodie, Jennifer & Jayne
In relation to our values…
At the Maiden Gully Early Years Hub, the education and wellbeing of children is fundamental to everything that we do. We advocate strongly for children and families and believe in a wrap-around service provision model of early learning and care. We are very proud to be on the first steps towards each child’s lifelong learning journey and wish to instil a sense of wonder, exploration and inquiry.
In relation to how children learn…
We understand that children learn through play, at their own pace, and through the provision of inviting learning environment and responsive intentional teaching from our experienced early childhood teachers and educators. We believe that by interacting with the natural environment during indoor / outdoor play, children will have multiple opportunities to create their own learning as they develop a sense of wonder and respect for the natural environment.
In relation to children as citizens…
We hold a holistic view of children’s education, whereby we view them as competent and capable and hold high expectations of their success. We believe that through responsive, warm relationships we will support and encourage children to develop a strong sense of self confidence, empathy for others and to become respectful, members of our community. We understand that early childhood is a time for being and becoming and we cherish the shared learning and discovery that will be fostered in our inclusive environment through sensitive interactions with children and families. It is our intention that children will feel a strong sense of belonging in our learning service and this will support them as they develop their curiosity, inquiry, resilience and sense of self competence.
In relation to families…
We know that families are children’s first and most important teachers and understand that positive relationships, based on open communication, between families and educators working collaboratively will provide the best outcomes for all. We view ourselves as a support to families and will work together with on-site and external Allied Health practitioners to provide families with a sense of security and confidence. We intend that our Early Years Hub will be a welcoming environment whereby engaging with the strengths, culture and practices of all families will be fundamental to our developing sense of community. We know that families need to feel that their child is important to us and that they are safe and secure; to provide families with this sense of confidence we will utilise our purpose built observation rooms to allow families to watch the process of our experienced educators supporting their child through transitions.
In relation to the community…
Our service has been established intentionally to become a thriving part of the wider Maiden Gully community, as well as a rich and dynamic community of its own. Through our collaborative relationships with allied health services, external support agencies, local primary schools and training organisations; we are creating a space where shared learning, professional development and innovative practices are embedded into our everyday experiences. This inevitably leads to wonderful outcomes for the children and families utilizing our service, through continual learning opportunities for educators and shared care models for children and families. We intend for the Maiden Gully Early Years Hub to be a service of excellence, as well as a place where stakeholders of the broader Bendigo Early Childhood community can come together to be a community of learners and to innovate in ways that best reflect the needs of our unique environment.
In relation to our commitment to best practice…
We believe in equity, inclusion and access for all children and families and are committed to embedding the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and to implementing Shine Bright’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) throughout our service and our everyday practices. It is our intention to create a space, where collaborative practices, new understandings and a strong sense of place and belonging forms the foundation of our learning programs. We are committed to being critically reflective and making changes to our service, both small and large, that will contribute to improving our practice.