1Old MacDonald’s Child Care (OMCC) is privately owned and operated by Mark Sharp in a unique semi-rural natural setting in Orchard Hills. In partnership with our families, we aim to grow each child’s future by providing high quality care and education.
OMCC’s educational program and practices reflect the National Quality Standards and Curriculum – The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Through play, children will make choices and explore their safe and secure environment based on individual strengths, interests, abilities and former experiences whilst developing a sense of belonging, being and becoming. Play based learning involves children being creative, exploring technology and natural surroundings using their senses. Play is working individually or in partnership to revisit and build on past experiences. OMCC curriculum plan is flexible and incorporates an ongoing cycle that includes Intentional teaching to scaffold and build on children’s learning. Our curricilum is ‘whole’ child orientated, individualised, includes learning assessments, family input and evaluations through reflections for further planning whilst including the developmental areas with the 5 EYLF Learning Outcomes. EYLF encourage children to interact, experiment, explore and discover how they connect to and contribute to their world, identity and sense of wellbeing whilst making choices and be a co-constructor to their development.
We wish to bestow pride in all children for our country Australia; by singing Australia’s National Anthem ‘Advance Australian Fair’. Children will engage and explore learning experiences on Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, values and traditions. We acknowledge that there are many different nationalities and cultural diversity within our community. We aim to reflect and value these within OMCC, whilst promoting equity, inclusion and developing unique individual children with their own cultural identity.
Daily routines are flexible and allow time for children to learn.
Children’s health and safety is a priority at OMCC. We believe it is essential to maintain, promote and implement high-quality standards of hygiene, infection control, cleanliness and safety practices in accordance with the WHS standards daily.
Children have a right to be protected from the elements, feel safe and supported in a happy, natural, nurturing and warm environment, as the rights of the child are paramount. Children have adequate time for relaxation, meals and rest. Educators will help to develop independence while assisting with meals, dressing, toileting and nappy changes.
Educators implement effective supervision and interactions to reduces potential harm and improve safety. All incidents, emergencies, illness and injuries will be recorded and communicated to families in a timely manner. Child protection is a shared responsibility of everyone who comes in contact with a child. At OMCC, we are committed to and share the responsibility with our educators who are mandatory reporters, by providing child protection training and/or in-house training on procedures and policies.
We value and promote healthy eating habits and practices by using high quality, locally sourced fresh ingredients that are used daily to create healthy and nutritionally balanced meals. Our menus have been planned by a nutritionist to cater for individual preferences and meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines. We implement safe food handling measures whilst preparing, handling and serving food.
OMCC’s ever-changing physical environment is natural, aims to be safe, free from hazards and is regularly checked. Children can access sufficient resources to participate in a broad range of experiences whilst interacting with educators and other children. Sustainability is embedded in our practices and by educating children about our environment for future generations. Learning experiences that encourage recycling, reducing landfill, saving water and being sustainable are a vital part of OMCC daily life.
OMCC’s staffing requirements meet the National Quality Frameworks ratios and qualifications by employing quality educators. Quality Educators are dedicated, qualified, and friendly professionals that are experienced and knowledgeable on current childcare issues and developments. Educators will also be aware of the community needs and effectively community and exchange information with families. Staff and Educators will develop and establish professional boundaries by not being “friends” with families on social media and abiding by OMCC’s code of conduct and Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics when communicating with families.
Our management and educators meet on a regular basis to discuss issues arising from the centre and to reflect on their professional practices, principles and outcomes and to build a positive team which respects and supports each other. Staff and educators are encouraged and supported to develop knowledge through in-services or further qualifications.
Relationships with children at OMCC are warm, responsive and build trusting relationships through consistent interaction between educators and children that take place on a one on one basis, as well as within small and large group situations. Role modelling encourages children to interact, develop relationships and take on a variety of roles within their environment. We aim to promote and extend children’s independence and development through positive guidance and encouragement.
Through positive guidance, children learn what is socially acceptable, how to avoid danger and how to value human relationships. Positive guidance helps children to do the right thing and develop the child’s inner self and positive self-esteem. Classroom rules are developed in conjunction with children to set expectations and establish limits for the children to follow.
We believe it is important to help children learn to accept others individuality, by valuing and respecting differences within culture, religion, race, attitudes, abilities and gender. Educators will role model, embrace and acknowledging each child’s cultural and linguistic diversity through inclusive practices.
OMCC’s collaborative partnerships with families and communities are established during the first visit to the centre and begin with being greeted by friendly and supportive staff and educators. We recognise that families are the most important people in a child’s life and believe we have a shared responsibility with the community and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for each child. We value the wide range of skills, knowledge and significant information families have about their children and aim to collect this through our enrolment and orientation procedures. Individual family information is incorporated into our planning for day to day activities, special events and cultural activities from our community, country and the world. We aim to support families through open communication and the utilisation of our resource network of professionals and services.
We believe that learning begins when children have the environment that extends their home experiences and routines, and as children progress through OMCC our curriculum is designed to prepare children for the transition to their formal schooling years.
OMCC’s leadership and service management values open and honest partnerships, two-way communication and feedback between all educators, management, families and children. Families are encouraged to provide feedback through direct communications, surveys, policy reviews and maintaining personal information. We will seek and use our customer’s feedback to reflect on and improve our service delivery. Family information will be handled with confidentiality.
OMCC complies with the National Quality Framework and all related documents. Throughout our daily practices and in partnership with families’, educators, staff and management will develop and implement the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to reflect, review and improve our service delivery, program, policies and practices.