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At Golden Square Kindergarten we believe that a high quality early childhood program should provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes:
BELONGING is about knowing where and with whom we belong. A sense of belonging is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, within a cultural group, within a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges interdependence with others and the primacy of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, relationships are critical to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can be.
BEING recognises the significances of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves. Building and maintaining relationships with others. Engaging with life’s joys and complexities and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.” (BBB,EYLF)
BECOMING recognises children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society” (BBB,EYLF).