‘At Clovelly Out of School Care we respect the value and benefit of play in childhood and believe it contributes significantly to a child’s development as it scaffolds a foundation for continuous constructive learning throughout life. Our service recognises that children are capable, competent, and active learners, and important contributors to their community. We foster opportunities for children’s evolution by providing a nurturing and stimulating environment which promotes exploration, independence, creativity, and confidence.
We acknowledge that middle childhood is a precious time where children form friendships, learn vital social skills and experience innocent wonder, joy and laughter in their time out of school. At COOSC we aim to embrace each child’s uniqueness by encouraging open communication, inclusive practices, and diversity through our programs, understanding and attitude.
Our Centre is committed to providing children with experiences of the natural world, to help them understand their place within it, and to take responsible action to preserve it. We are committed to the sound environmental management of all aspects of the Centre’s operations. Learning about sustainability encourages children to take pride in the place in which they live and to develop into concerned and contributing citizens.
Educators strive to be appropriate role models, promoting self-esteem, rights and responsibilities, fairness and honesty and aim to build respectful relationships with families and the community. Our educators are valued for their skills and experience that support, inform and enrich decision making about children’s wellbeing and development. As professionals, we examine experiences in our setting and reflect on these experiences from different perspectives, continually seeking to increase our professional knowledge.’