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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 55 Winter 2014
It is only when we ask, that we discover children's capacity for knowledge, wisdom and insight. Our teams at Docklands and Carlton North became acutely aware of children as experts as we set about developing Children's Handbooks. As we reflected on our orientation process for children and families, we discussed ways to make improvements, with particular attention to children settling into their room environment. Part of the review of this process meant seeking feedback from our families through the family committee, and annual survey, with feedback contributing to our QIP (Quality Improvement Plan). An area of improvement that was identified by families can be succinctly expressed through a comment from one of our parents (who is also the chair of our family committee): 'When the year started, we didn't know much about the room or the teachers or how a typical day might go (and) as a result it was a little difficult to talk to our son about this new place'. On hearing this feedback it dawned on us that although we give lots of information about our program, philosophy, policy and procedures through our Family Handbook -- what was missing was a down-to-earth practical guide to each child's new room, (as all rooms are run slightly differently). Out of these reflections the Children's Handbook was devised as a tool to be used in conjunction with the Family Handbook. Every child who attends a Gowrie children's program has, at some point, been new to the service and gone through the settling process - even changing rooms can be a big adjustment in the life of a child and the child's family. We felt therefore, that existing Gowrie children were well qualified to advise on how to make the orientation process as child friendly as possible. "You can't put forks in the toilet." ... children's voices in action Alison Wyllie, Fiona Stary & Kimberley Kippin Gowrie Victoria 11 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • WINTER 2014 - ISSUE 55
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