“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”
At All Day Long we understand that early years and children’s start in life are the foundations for future life choices and achievements.
We believe in providing a holistic environment which is inspired by Reggio, Steiner and Vygotsky’s approach to learning creating an environment which is familiar, nurturing, challenging and evolving with the children and their interests and growth.
All Day Long understand that learning is happening all the time and children learn best when allowed to be active and involved participants in their own journey.
We look at creating environments for children which support self-identity, confidence and a sense of belonging, whilst allowing time and space to concentrate and observe learning.
At All Day Long we believe in bringing home and life skills into the children’s learning. Learning happens all the time for every child and bringing these everyday ‘home’ life activities into daily practices which supports and incorporates a range of developmental domains. Through bringing in natural, homely and open-ended resources children are supported to be creative and imaginative whilst not having their senses over stimulated.
The use of natural resources allows All Day Long to embed a strong foundation to sustainable practices and our impact on the environment, and future of this planet. We understand the importance of empowering children with knowledge, linking this to their rights and how this links to all aspects of the program and their learning.
All Day Long believe in working in partnership with parents and families and that this is paramount to the child and their learning.
Through the incorporation of this understanding an believe we strive to develop a pedagogy which supports children’s learning and Educators best practice at all times.
“I do not teach anyone, I only provide the environment in which they can learn.”
All Day Longs physical environments have been thoughtfully resourced and created with permanent learning areas, where children can develop a sense of belonging. Through reflection children are able to recall and extend upon their own growth and interests whilst connecting their learning to the resources and environment around them.
We are a Centre which promotes imaginative play through the use of loose parts, linking sustainable and organic materials to the program and resources on offer. Linking the real world, natural world and imaginary world together children are able to take their learning on their own individual journey without being guided as to how to play with specific resources.
At All Day Long environments are thoughtfully created to support a holistic approach to learning which connects the mind, body and spirit.
It is an environment which pays attention to the child’s physical , personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing whilst listening to their voice, and supporting their cognitive development.
Our holistic approach to the care and education provided connects and supports interacting with the natural world around the child providing opportunities for challenges, risk taking and social growth.
All Day Long’s holistic approach supports our understanding of the importance of building healthy relationships and forming partnerships with the child, family and community.
Children at All Day Long are encouraged and supported to reach their full potential, whilst being empowered to become proactive and positive participators in their own learning journeys.
We advocate and embed children’s right in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC, 1989), where they have and understand equality, access to excellent education opportunities and connection to their community and world.
Through an inclusive environment which allows every child to be heard, we develop connections to the wider community and link this connection to sustainable ecofriendly lifestyle practices which support our love and connections to the land and future care for the planet.
Our vision is to embed and support children to connect to the land, through both sustainable practices and embedding the culture of the traditional custodians of the land into both the environments and the programs. Through doing this children are able to link past, present and future together to care for the land and planet.