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"The health and well being of the child are protected and nurtured."

Young children thrive on as much consistency and continuity of experience as possible in order to develop confidence and trust to explore and to establish a secure foundation of remembered and anticipated people, places, things and experiences.

Poppies' policies, procedures and supervision rosters, all of which are regularly reviewed as an ongoing process, ensure that children are kept safe and feel secure within our environment. Our daily routines respond to individual circumstances and needs and allow for indoor and outdoor experiences, quiet times, and a variety of group and individual interactions and with one-on-one opportunities from teachers each session that the child attends.

We believe that frequent communication among all teachers is essential to ensure consistent, reasoned responses to children's changing needs and behaviours and to share information on health issues.

The teachers at Poppies anticipate a child's needs for comfort and communicate positive feelings in an environment which is calm and friendly and conducive to warm and intimate interactions. We also build relationships of trust and respect by acknowledging children's feelings, treating the children as individuals, explaining procedures, taking children's fears and concerns into account and responding promptly to concerns, accidents or injuries.

We acknowledge that everyone needs emotional support, and therefore allow for some flexibility in our routines at times. We offer the children and parents the opportunity to share and discuss their experiences in a comfortable safe setting. By the time children move to school, we aim for Poppies children to:

  • be confident enough to effectively communicate their immediate needs for help, rest, drinks, food and attention,
  • have established many self-help and self-care skills
  • have a range of strategies for seeking help for themselves and others
  • be able to manage their own belongings such as lunch boxes(with some understanding of healthy food choices), back pack and it's contents etc with minimal supervision and assistance
  • be increasingly in control of their emotional responses and reactions
  • have developed some healthy understandings on how to keep themselves safe and be able to articulate some questions and concerns.