Little Learners Place | Childcare in Perth WA

our philosophy

High-Quality Childcare in Perth, WA at Little Learners Place

At Little Learners Place, we are passionate and dedicated to the learning journey of our little learners and educators. Our curriculum is grounded in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the My Time Our Place Framework, and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Educaring (RIE) approaches.

Incorporating the EYLF with the Reggio Emilia and RIE approaches allows us to offer high-quality, theoretically grounded early childhood education. Our goal at Little Learners Place is to provide a solid foundation for lifelong success.

For exceptional childcare in Perth, WA, choose Little Learners Place. Come and see how we nurture and inspire young minds.

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Early years Learning Framework

The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outlines principles, practices, and outcomes that support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, including their transition to school. This framework is a key component of the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care, offering a vision where ‘all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life.’

At Little Learners Place, we embrace the EYLF’s principles of belonging, being, and becoming. Our practices ensure every child in our care experiences a genuine sense of belonging. We provide environments that allow time and space for children to be themselves, supporting their development and growth.

For high-quality childcare in Perth, WA, choose Little Learners Place, where we build a strong foundation for lifelong success.

My Time Our Place Framework

The Australian Government’s My Time, Our Place Framework is designed to help educators provide children with opportunities to maximize their potential and build a foundation for future success. This framework ensures that all children have the best start in life, creating a brighter future for themselves and for Australia.

School Age Care at Little Learners Place

My Time, Our Place is Australia’s first national framework for school age care. It is used by school age care educators to extend and enrich children’s wellbeing and development in settings such as Little Learners Place OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) and Vacation Care.

Link to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

This framework is connected to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), which focuses on children from birth to five years old. My Time, Our Place extends the EYLF principles, practices, and outcomes to the contexts and age ranges of school-age children. Additionally, the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care supports the implementation of this framework.

Guiding Principles

Educators guided by My Time, Our Place reinforce principles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This includes children’s rights to relax and play, participate in a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, and be active participants in all matters affecting their lives. The framework respects children’s family, cultural, and other identities and languages.

Importance of Play and Leisure

The framework acknowledges the importance of play and leisure in children’s learning and development, emphasizing that learning is not limited to any particular time or place. It highlights the development of life skills and a sense of enjoyment, recognizing the importance of social and emotional development and communication. This foundation ensures that children in school-age care settings engage in quality experiences that promote rich learning, personal development, and citizenship opportunities.

For high-quality childcare in Perth, WA, choose Little Learners Place, where we support children’s growth and development through structured frameworks and enriching experiences.

REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH

At the heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is the belief that children are full of curiosity and creativity.
Originating in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in the 1940s, this educational approach to early childhood learning has been embraced worldwide and is especially influential in Western Australia. Little Learners Place is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, and we adapt it to meet the specific needs of our community. Every Reggio Emilia-inspired community is unique, tailored to the differing needs and interests of the children, their families, and our educators. For exceptional childcare in Perth, WA, choose Little Learners Place, where we nurture curiosity and creativity through a customized Reggio Emilia approach.

How the Reggio Emelia approach inspires our practice at Little Learners Place

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  • We want to truly know our families, their traditions, their celebrations, their routines, their talents, their expectations and we want you to know us too!

  • We understand that not all parents and families can participate as actively as they might like to, so we have developed our app to allow our parents to participate in the planning and evaluation process from home and when times are available.

  • We view our children as being worthy of being listened. We believe that adults can actually learn from children as well as the other way around.

  • We believe that if children are placed in a beautiful environment, with stimulating materials to work with, they will be motivated to explore and respect the environment.

  • Our Indoor spaces, like Reggio Emilia schools, are nature-inspired, designed with plenty of indoor plants and natural light to engage the children. Our environments feature mirrors, glass, windows, open kitchens, real resources and student artwork is showcased throughout the centre.

We believe the first place of learning for all children is their home. This is why we value you as the first teacher of your child and build on that foundation and learn from you in helping raise your child.

  • We consider parents and families to be a vital component to the Reggio Emilia philosophy and therefore, part of our community. Parents are viewed as partners, collaborators and advocates for their children. Educators respect parents as each child's first teacher and involve parents in the development of the curriculum as much as possible.

  • We urge our parents and families to volunteer and participate in our centre programs as this opens up opportunities for the educational philosophy to continue when the child leaves our place.

  • Here at Little Learners Place, our educators encourage children to guide their own learning based upon their own interests and curiosities. Our environments act as a third teacher, being designed to accommodate for the needs of the children, sparking curiosity and excitement for children to learn to understand the world around them and how they fit within this.

  • The Reggio Emelia approach is designed to really nurture children and create a lifelong passion for learning and exploration this is what we wholeheartedly believe at Little Learners Place.

How the RIE approach inspires our practice at Little Learner Place

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  • We create environments that are safe, challenging and predictable that allows our Little Learners to best do all the things that the child would do naturally. Creating the perfect environment for babies to learn. As infants become more mobile, they need safe, appropriate space in which to move. Their natural, inborn desire to move should not be handicapped by the environment.

  • We communicate authentically using real words and talk about real things, especially things that directly pertain to our babies and that are happening now. We encourage babies to build communication skills by asking them questions, affording them plenty of time to respond, always acknowledging their communication.

  • We encourage even our tiniest infants to become active participants in care activities like nappy changes, dressing, meals and sleep time rituals and give them our full attention during these activities. It creates more opportunities for interaction, cooperation, intimacy and mutual enjoyment by being wholeheartedly with our babies during the time we spend together during these care experiences. This inclusion and focused attention nurtures our relationship, providing children a heightened sense of security they need.

  • We encourage children to express their emotions by openly accepting and acknowledging them.

We encourage uninterrupted play by offering even the youngest infants free play opportunities, allowing them the freedom to explore and engage with other infants, sensitively observing and trusting, appreciating and admiring what our babies are doing

  • We allow children to develop motor and cognitive skills naturally according to their natural development by offering them play and movement opportunities in an enriching environment, rather than teaching, restricting or otherwise interfering with these organic processes. Our role in development is primarily trust. We have basic trust in the infant to be an initiator, to be an explorer eager to learn what he is ready for.

  • We encourage children to express their emotions by openly accepting and acknowledging them.

  • We recognise that children need confident, empathic educators as well as clear and gentle expectations.

  • We allow children to problem-solve, experience and learn from age-appropriate conflicts with our support.

  • We understand the power of our modelling and recognise that our children are learning from us through our every word and action about love, relationships, empathy, generosity, gratitude, patience, tolerance, kindness, honesty and respect.

  • We trust our children to know themselves better than we know them, so we allow children to lead when they play and choose enrichment activities, rather than projecting our own interests. We encourage our children’s passions and support them to fulfil their dreams.

  • Most profoundly, they’re learning about themselves, their abilities and their worth, their place in our hearts and in the word (Janet Lansbury, RIE Parenting Basics)

RIE / PIKLER APPROACH

Resources for Infant Educarers or “RIE” were founded in 1978 by early childhood educator Magda Gerber, who advocated respect and trust of young children. We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, and trusting in babies to be initiators, explorers and self learner. RIE creates authentic children, ones who feel secure, autonomous, competent, and connected. When we help a child to feel secure, feel appreciated, feel that “somebody is deeply, truly interested in me,” by the way we just look, the way we just listen, we influence that child’s whole personality, the way that child sees life.

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