Friendship Square ELC recognises the current evidence that shows the importance of child-led learning. The child-led approach is a pedagogical approach and methodology to education that places the child at the center of the learning process. The approach emphasises the child’s interests, needs, and curiosity as the driving forces for learning and development.
Within the child-led approach, children are viewed as capable and competent individuals with their own ideas and voices; children are respected, self-expression is encouraged, and their choices are valued. Educators take on the role of facilitators, guiding and supporting children in their learning journeys. The child-led approach is rooted in developmental theories such as constructivism and recognises that children actively construct their own knowledge and understanding of the world. It fosters a love for learning, independence, and critical thinking skills, and it aligns with the idea that children are natural learners when given the opportunity to explore their interests and ideas.
Friendship Square ELC acknowledges the Boon Wurrung people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land on which we play, learn, work and teach. We recognise the importance of young children developing an understanding of Indigenous perspectives and being actively engaged in reconciliation. By involving children in reconciliation, we are setting them up for being a future generation of change-makers who work towards a more just society.
Our curriculum embeds Indigenous perspectives, knowledges and ways of being throughout each learning outcome. Our educators engage in professional development to support their understanding, and have meaningful conversations with children, families, and the wider community.