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Our Philosophy

​"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

At Asquith Community and After School Care Centre we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of our Land, the Darug and Guringai people, and pay our respects to our Elders, past, present, and emerging.


We acknowledge the importance of healthy relationships and engagement amongst children, family, and staff. We strive to embed the ‘My Time, Our Place’ Framework in all aspects of centre life which builds a common language about children’s play and learning.


Children’s needs are at the forefront of all centre practices and programming as we endeavour to become an inclusive child-led centre. We encourage participation from staff and families to ensure this.


We believe that: 

  • Children have the right to feel safe, valued and supported in their learning environments.

  • Children's agency is supported through intentional and involved play.

  • Children are treated as capable and independent individuals through differentiated learning. 

  • Children of all needs and year groups are encouraged to engage and collaborate with each other to support an inclusive space.

  • Children's cultural backgrounds are celebrated and acknowledged in our practices.

  • We understand the rights of the child as laid out by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 


We believe that: 

  • Families are the paramount influence in a child's life.

  • We encourage consistent communication between families and staff.

  • We respect the input of families and encourage collaboration regarding programming and play.

  • We welcome diverse families and acknowledge and respect their values and beliefs.


We believe that: 

  • Staff's primary concern is the health and safety of children.

  • Staff are trained and competent in Child Protection regulations.

  • Staff are encouraged to build healthy relationships with children based on mutual respect.

  • Staff embed the 'My Time, Our Place' practices and ensure that all play is intentional and guided by Our Outcomes.

  • Staff consistently participate in critical reflection which guides and furthers our practices.

  • Staff's individual skills and abilities are valued and utilised.

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