A. Promote the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of the children
- Provide opportunities for children, family and staff to engage and express themselves in an environment that does not exclude or stereotype individuals on the basis of age, gender, appearance, colour, ethnicity, religion, economic status, sexuality, culture or physical/mental ability.
- Provide healthy, culturally diverse meals and snacks, creating positive eating environments that responded to children’s needs. Children are encouraged to explore new foods but not forced to taste. We respect children’s individual needs, eating habits and family preferences are respected and follow as directed by the parents.
- During our food experiences children are encouraged to practise their self-help skills ie) children have the opportunity to serve snack and lunch by pouring milk, water, scooping from the serving bowl to their plates and scrapping their plates and placing their snack/lunch items onto the trolleys.
- The staff plan for flexibility in the children’s daily schedule and routines to ensure that the group and individual child (ren)’s needs are being met.
- During all routines children are encouraged and supported to be independent: ie) dressing to go outside and undressing when coming inside, toileting routines, tidying after activities.
- Our environments, schedules and routines are responsive to the children needs for rest and wakefulness. Staffs are sensitive and supportive to individual sleep routines. ie) sleep toys, blankets, rubbing of backs, quiet environments.
- Staff provide opportunities for small groupings ie) transitions, routines and activities which allows for more individual care of children.
- Staffs provide daily opportunities for children to be physically active both within our indoor and outdoor environments. Outdoor activities are planned and documented. During inclement weather, when children cannot play outdoors alternate gross motor activities are provided.
- Staffs facilitate through child initiated and adult supported activities and experiences which allow for children’s exploration, interaction, play and inquiry, and positive communication supporting children’s ability to self-regulate.