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Inclusion Aware

WCCC are certified Inclusion Aware

Inclusion awareness is a component of inclusive practices which refers to the consistent and considered thought given to environments, resources and planning to ensure we are ready and able to welcome children and families regardless of needs, abilities, interests and background. Gowrie SA as the Inclusion Agency for South Australia has recognised WCCC as having strong inclusion awareness.

 

  • We have an active Strategic Inclusion Plan in place.
  • Environments and programs are planned to support participation and recognise strengths of children.
  • The focus is on the whole environment and not just an individual child.
  • We have a commitment to identifying any barriers to inclusion and actively seeking solutions and strategies to address these.
  • We collaborate and build partnerships with families and communities.

Certification is available in six areas of Community and Culture, Relationships and Interactions, Environment and Educator Practices, Knowledge and Skills, and Innovative Solutions. WCCC has been awarded all six areas.

Diary dates 2022

Closure day

The Centre has one closure day each year. The closure day for 2021 was Tuesday 7th December. The WCCC staff team spent the day working with Ngunawal artist Kristal Matthews from Wilay Designs. Kristal worked with the team to increase our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history and to share her beautiful culture. This was done through the sharing of stories. Kristal also had permission to share some Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques with us all. This learning supported the development of the WCCC Reconciliation Action Plan. There are plans for continued sessions in 2022 with Kristal on dates to be decided, once the COVID situation has settled and we can come together as a team again.

Early closure days

The Centre has two to three early closure days each year for the whole centre team to engage in extended learning opportunities together. In 2021 we had an early closure day in April with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and an early closure day in August to complete our annual CPR refresher. This was done with support of a grant from Masonic Charities.


Belonging, Being & Becoming at Waite Campus Childrens Centre

Waite Campus Childrens Centre programs and curricula are based on the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) , Belonging, Being and Becoming. This supports the development of strong relationships between educators and children and provides the foundation for programs of learning and development that are responsive to each child's strengths and interests.

All children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life.Early Years Learning Framework

Waite Campus Childrens Centre is committed to continuous improvement of its service and the ongoing professional development of educators to maintain our commitment to high quality early education and care. We have a detailed plan for this development with key outcomes linked to the National Quality Standards.

Waite Campus Childrens Centre Quality Improvement Plan

WCCC Quality Improvement Plan 2022

 


Connect Ed trauma-informed education and care

Trauma-informed education and care

The educator team at Waite Campus Childrens Centre have completed a program accessing Innovative Solutions funding from the Inclusion Development Fund Manager and Gowrie SA. The team worked with Kerra-Lee Shearer from Connect.Ed, over a period of 8 months to develop skills and understandings in the effects of early trauma on young children's brain development, behaviour and regulation.

Keeping safe child protection curriculum

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum trained 2020

Our two Early Childhood Teachers in the Preschool area have completed full day training in the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum in July 2020, and the refresher training in 2021.


 

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Safe Sleep trained 2020

Educators in our Under Two's Room have completed Safe Sleep Training through Sids and Kids SA, during March 2020.