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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 52
9 We have many tools to help us develop a sense of belonging for our families, here are just some from our 'bucket' that form part of our culture at il nido: • play based curriculum and learning • primary care giving system • learning stories • nurturing relationships influenced by • natural materials and the use of sensory resources attachment theory (Circle of Security) • homely environments (informed by families) • Reggio Emilia • the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia • children's voices • our local community Educators support children's learning through interactions, scaffolding, creating choices, providing open ended items and quiet play areas, bringing the outside in and using our vast open outdoor areas regularly. We source recycled and reused items as much as possible, in line with our Reggio Emilia influenced approach. We also feel that it is imperative for staff to feel a sense of belonging in order to work together as a team, and that they too have a sense of wellbeing. We have a supportive environment that includes several social functions a year, as well as monthly staff meetings, reflection journals, regular professional development, annual appraisals, team meetings and opportunities to engage in further education and be involved in other areas of the industry. The links that are developed through serving as a learning centre for students from University, TAFE and local schools provide us with access to current research and knowledge, as well as the opportunity to mentor future educators. In addition, our community space provides families with many services such as playgroups, CAFHS (Child & Family Health Service) and parenting courses. No matter who comes to il nido, they have a place and, hopefully, a sense of wellbeing in our nest.
Reflections Magazine Issue 51
Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013