The Hills Christian Community School’s aim is to prepare children to grow, love and live within a caring dynamic learning environment, built on the Christian faith. The ELC children participate in Whole School devotions on Monday mornings as well as practising daily awareness of God’s love and grace in their lives. At this age, the children learn that God is a friend and that they can talk to Him whenever they like. Saying grace before meals, praying for and learning to care for others helps the children to grow in love and kindness. Staff member’s faith in God and love for those in their care serve as a positive model for the children.
Central to our ELC philosophy at HCCS is the belief that children’s learning is based on strong positive foundations of secure, trusting relationships with caring adults. Our ELC reflects the School’s ongoing focus of catering for families throughout their children’s school lives through respectful interactions, encouraging high parental involvement, and by both supporting and nurturing each individual child and his/her family.
We believe that:
- The ELC is an extension of the home, where parents and teachers work together to support the children in their experiences away from home
- Stimulating play and meaningful conversation are the main ways by which children learn about themselves, other people and the world around them
- Children are individuals and develop at different rates and in a wide variety of ways
- Children are curious, active learners
- Children are motivated to learn best when learning is relevant, meaningful and fun
- Nature Play is a vital component of a child’s education
- Technology is a part of children’s everyday life and is important for their future
- Children should be independent learners
- The role of the educator is to facilitate and support children’s learning, providing an environment that offers encouragement, success, challenge and stimulation
- Children have the right to be in a safe, caring, supportive learning environment that reflects the cultural diversity of the community
- Children learn best when their strengths are acknowledged and their self-concept is enhanced
- Learning is continuous and that the experiences children bring from home should be valued and built upon