Letter From the Educator, After School Child Care (5 – 12 Years)
Room Leader in the Out of School Club here at Karratha Early Learning
Diploma in Children services
Hi, my name is Melanie. I am from South Africa, I have a diploma in Early Childhood Development and Care. I have worked in childcare for the last two years and wish to further my studies soon.
I believe learning is happening all the time and is interwoven through all developmental domains. These include: physical, social/emotional, cognitive and communication. Therefore, the goal of my program is to make this ongoing learning experience safe, positive, and fun, nurturing the whole child as I strive to guide them into the next stage of development with confidence in themselves and an excitement for continued learning.
I believe young children are very concerned about themselves and the world they live in, family and home. Each child is unique with different interests, backgrounds, and developmental stages.
Children should be given choices, responsibilities, and opportunities to initiate their own learning. I believe observations and assessments are excellent tools to use when planning curriculum. Observations not only aide in creating the curriculum but also give insight into the development, knowledge and skill levels of each individual child.
I believe the environment plays a major role in the success of an early childhood program. It should enhance the children’s interests in all developmental domains. I believe learning in an early childhood environment is done most successfully through stations that can be visited, explored, and revisited again and again. The environment should take into consideration
the social skills, communication skills, physical abilities or challenges, and learning styles of the children being served.
I consider families a vital aspect of my program. I believe that family involvement is an important part of the curriculum, and as such families are well informed and welcomed participates in all activities at the centre. I believe that ongoing communication with families is necessary to continue to meet the needs of children in our care.