Our Philosophy

The Surrey Downs Community Children’s Centre has a culture that promotes the joint belief of both families and the community working in partnerships in order to share the responsibility of care, wellbeing and education for all children. We aim to provide an environment that is comfortable and welcoming to all families. With the use of open and meaningful communication we will form trusting and respectful relationships with each family and will be able to meet each child’s individual needs ensuring their potential is achieved. Most importantly we will ensure all children enjoy themselves as they learn through play and the natural environment. Through regular reviews of both our Strategic and Quality Improvement Plans we are guided to create improvement and growth for our service. The Philosophy consists of 4 important elements all contributing to provide the best possible outcomes for children attending our centre.

Families, Children, Staff and the Community

The Families: Family units are varied throughout the community. They provide the most influence in a child’s early years of life. Our centre is an extension of the family unit and we assist them in nurturing security, trust, familiarity and stability. Families are actively encouraged to participate in the centre’s programs according to their needs, interests, cultural events, beliefs and opportunities. They are invited into the consultation process when we are seeking to review documents and make changes at the centre and are kept informed of decisions made to enhance the delivery of the service. The families themselves, are our most valuable resource and respected for their differing beliefs, cultures and backgrounds.

The Children: We believe that play is essential to young children’s learning. Our aim is to meet the physical and developmental needs of individual children as written in the Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being and Becoming. We provide opportunities for exposure to a wide variety of experiences which in-turn will enhance self-esteem, trust, security, and discovery about themselves, other people and the world around them. Each child has the right to develop their own self-respect, self-discipline and the confidence to make choices, take responsibility and achieve independence.

The Staff Team: Our Centre provides a secure and safe environment with a stable team of child care professionals/educators/administration and kitchen staff who have positive and consistent attitudes. Where possible, we operate with a range of staff members with varied backgrounds, skills, ages and beliefs. The staff team is nurturing, friendly and caring, valuing all children as individuals, committed to working with and supporting families. Staff communicate in various forms with all families, management and staff members, this ensures that information is shared with the appropriate people and informed decisions are made. At all times, we are positive role models for the children in our care. The Centre supports staff members with regular professional development opportunities compliant with licensing minimum requirements.

The Community and Environment: Our volunteer Parent Management Committee meets monthly throughout the year to ensure the smooth running and future growth of the centre. We endeavour to remain aware of and respond to, where possible, the changing needs of our community through participation with other community groups, agencies and services to share resources and develop a social network. We are sensitive to the wider range of social and cultural backgrounds within our community. We are conscious of our carbon footprint and look at ways to minimise our effect on the environment. This is reflected within the rooms planned curriculums which help the children to learn about their environment and how to care for it.

Finally, the evaluation of the service which we provide is shared by the staff, children and families of the centre. Through written and verbal communication we maintain high quality care and education for the children and families of our centre.

On behalf of the Staff Team and Parent Management Committee
Reviewed: April 2015 Date for next review: April 2017
Authorised by Elise Williamson – Chairperson on behalf of Staff and Parent Management

Diary Dates

AGM – Monday 25th September, 2016 7.30pm

Children’s Week 21st – 29th October

End of Year Christmas Party Monday 4th December at 6pm at the centre