At Young Phoenix Academy, our philosophy of education is based on the belief that the best outcomes for children are achieved when children, educators, and families work in partnership. We believe children are naturally capable and curious learners and that our role as educators is to nurture and guide each child’s unique learning journey in a way that supports the child and their family.
Relationships with Children and Families
At Young Phoenix Academy we value the ability to create a safe, respectful, educational and inviting environment for all children to be. This is underpinned by the National Quality Standards in conjunction with our community and families.
Educators at Young Phoenix Academy value the importance of strong relationships with families, children and our community which ultimately supports the development and inclusion of all our children.
We value the inclusiveness, promote gender equality and diversity of each child, family and educator within our service this allows us to support all children to have a strong sense of identity, to be connected with and contribute to their world, having a strong sense of wellbeing, be confident and involved learners and to be effective communicators for all.
Young Phoenix Academy acknowledges the Dharawal speaking people, traditional owners, and custodians of the land.
We recognise their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to elders past, present and future.
This respect is promoted in our program for all our children as we embrace the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning through rich and diverse learning experiences of the traditions in conjunction with our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Sustainability, Health, and Safety
At Young Phoenix Academy, we value the essential idea of instilling a sustainable future for all children, educators and families. We embed this within our everyday routine and are devoted to providing a sustainable environment for the future and within our community.
We value the health, cleanliness and safety of each child, family and visitor within our service. We promote effective hygiene practices and the importance of a healthy lifestyle within our curriculum and environment.
Pedagogy and Learning
We value working in collaboration with educators, families and the children by using the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework to guide intentional and spontaneous teaching moments which enables us to plan, implement and evaluate in each child’s learning journey.
Educators value the children’s voices and family input within this curriculum to build the children’s sense of being, belonging and becoming. Each educator is driven by their own personal philosophy which gives Young Phoenix Academy a diverse and inclusive learning environment which caters to a vast variety of families and children’s needs.
‘Every child deserves a champion- an adult who will never give upon them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be’.
– Rita Pierson
Culture and Belonging
We believe that being culturally competent is about building respectful relationships to support, promote and embrace cultural difference. It occurs overtime, by our connection with others and through our daily experiences with children and families in local communities, we can equip all children to live well with diversity and become active citizens now and into the future. It is through our commitment and our daily action to truly value difference that we become a community in which all can be long and flourish.
‘Language & culture are the frameworks through which human’s experience. Communicate & understand reality’ – Lev Vygotsky 1968