At St Helena Early Learning, we place a strong focus on our relationships, connections and links with both the local and wider communities.
We believe that if we want children to learn about the value of community and connections with others, then we need to consider the example we set and the opportunities that we provide for this learning and these connections to take place.
Creating a ‘sense of community’ is an important part of what we do as early childhood educators.
Children grow up being part of a community, no matter where they are located, therefore it is up to us to embrace and foster this.
Through our engagement with the community, children develop feelings of belonging as well as a sense of security.
At St Helena Early Learning we provide genuine connections with our community through incursions, excursions, participation in community events, engagement with local businesses / facilities and inviting community members and organisations in to our centre.
We also support our Greensborough community and local businesses by purchasing produce and resources locally where possible.
As part of our connection to the wider community, we also act as a resource for families. We do this by providing links, referrals, books, articles and support for children and their families to access.
We believe that strong partnerships between educators and families are essential for children to be able to thrive in their environment and community.
After all, “It takes a village to raise a child”.