Maragon Philosopy


Maragon’s vision is to contribute significantly to early childhood development, through the establishment of Centres of Excellence, which provide environments in which children’s potential can be nurtured and developed.

Our Centres of Excellence aim to establish practical experience and professional collaboration within the early childhood education industry, to benefit the children across Australia and indeed the world, during this critical first 2000 days of childhood.

Maragon Early Learning Centres hold the value of children at the core of our philosophy.

At Maragon Early Learning Centres, we:

  • Hold the view of children as intelligent, creative and resourceful, with gifts and talents that the world needs.
  • Provide a stimulating, nurturing environment.
  • Provoke curiosity in children.
  • Promote playful inquiry, to support children to wonder, imagine and create.
  • Use inventive ways to teach children about sustainability and environmental responsibility on a daily basis.
  • Share the responsibility of promoting sound growth and learning for children in close co-operation with parents.
  • Value differences and respect all families as collaborators.
  • Create a learning community for children, families and educators.
  • Develop a positive self-image in all our children.

The core focus of our curriculum is “to learn through play”. Children have a natural instinct to explore and learn by using all of their senses.

As educators it is our role to instill a love of learning and gently guide the children on their path of exploration, investigation and discovery.

Children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained educator.

The children will have many opportunities to make use of their whole bodies and truly experience the complete indoor and outdoor environment they operate in.

Our learning methodologies ensure that children make a physical connection to all that is around them and understand their relationship to other things. The development of fine motor and gross motor skills are inherent to all activities within our curriculum.

Our environments are designed to encourage children to question, explore and investigate in order to increase creative thinking skills and promote independence.

Curriculum


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The core focus of our curriculum is “to learn through play”. Children have a natural instinct to explore and learn by using all of their senses.

As educators it is our role to instill a love of learning and gently guide the children on their path of exploration, investigation and discovery.

Children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained educator.

The children will have many opportunities to make use of their whole bodies and truly experience the complete indoor and outdoor environment they operate in.

Our learning methodologies ensure that children make a physical connection to all that is around them and understand their relationship to other things. The development of fine motor and gross motor skills are inherent to all activities within our curriculum.

Our environments are designed to encourage children to question, explore and investigate in order to increase creative thinking skills and promote independence.

Classroom Design The environment invites the child to explore, experience and discover through spontaneous, small group, as well as intentional learning activities.
Physical development, and health The development of gross motor skills, are essential for keeping a healthy body and strengthening the structure and inner core of the body.
Social and emotional development Children are active participants in their learning experiences, building on their social competencies and gaining agency. Educators and parents participate closely, as the support network for the children.
Music Children are introduced to rhythm, musical contrasts and instruments. Music appreciation forms part of the learning experience.
Creative arts Participation in a variety of art experiences stimulates sensorial development and offers the opportunity to refine their fine motor skills. Planning, spatial orientation, sequencing and many other learning opportunities are created through art.
Perception Perception is integrated in all the activities and forms the foundation for further learning.
Discovery and technology The wonders of nature are introduced to the children in exciting ways during science experiments, outdoor learning environments, and caring for a class pet. Designing and construction develop reasoning, creative thinking and problem solving skills, alongside scientific awareness.
Language, literacy and communication The art of listening and acquisition of vocabulary are developed through storytelling, rhymes, poems, and many other communication activities. Emergent reading, writing and communication skills are developed in a variety of sensorial activities and games.
Numeracy and problem solving Working with mathematical concepts and numbers form an integral part of our curriculum and are made fun with sensorial integration and activities.
Educational exhibitions and special days Puppet shows, an introduction to animals and community services demonstrations are some of the participative presentations offered to the children. Involving parents and the community is essential to enhance the learning experience of each child.
Community involvement Collaborative partnerships with families and the broader community, that embrace cultural differences and diversity forms an integral part of all aspects of our approach.
Sustainability Respect and caring for the environment is incorporated throughout our curriculum and learning experiences.

Environment


Maragon Early Learning Centres have:

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Space

Carefully planned learning areas

Outdoor/Indoor synergy

Community areas

Intentional natural outdoor environments

The Outdoor Environment


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While some adults’ work reminds us of play, all children’s play will remind us of work—if we watch closely. Whether they are creating a “potion”, or pushing a toy car up a ramp, they are determinedly working through self-appointed tasks. We cannot respect this mystery enough—this natural presence of work in play form.

Digging in the earth, balancing on rocks, rolling down grassy slopes, and climbing trees satisfy basic needs. These belong to childhood, and any child deprived of them is unfortunate indeed.

At Maragon Early Learning Centres we strive to offer these opportunities to children through our choice of environments. We value the world of nature. Sand, trees, rocks, grass, animals, plants, and bugs provide endless opportunities for exploration and learning.

The outdoor environment forms an extremely important part of our approach. Not only does it have different areas that enhance gross motor skills and co-ordination, it also includes quiet areas for relaxation.

Our outdoor environments are a mere extension of the indoor environment, which connects children with nature, life and growing things.

A space where fond memories are formed and where learning is embedded, through physical touch.

The Indoor Environment


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Practical Life Area

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Language and Literacy Area

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Music and Movement

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Numeracy, Manipulatives and Block Play Area

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Arts / Dramatic Play

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Science and Technology

Our aim is to surround the children with suitable materials and equipment to allow them to actively participate and maximize their learning experience.

We support decision-making, encourage involvement, and promote independence for children by creating clearly defined and well-equipped activity areas where they can choose to play.

“An activity area has five defining attributes. Physical location, with visible boundaries indicating where it begins and ends, within which are placed work and sitting surfaces, and the storage and display of materials used to execute the activities for which the area is intended.

An area, like a room, has a mood or personality distinguishing it from contiguous spaces.”  (Olds, 1989)

The environment allows children to become skilled learners, in which they can control the materials they use. This encourages children to be active learners and problem solvers, and lays a foundation for internal motivation. The dynamics of exploration allows children to question how things work and allows them to draw conclusions and gain understanding, without knowledge being taught, but rather by experience.

The design of our facilities aims to leave a positive impact on the psyche of all that enter the centre. The attention to detail, ensure facilities that create a sense of calm and tranquility, which contributes significantly to learning outcomes.

Our indoor learning environments are created to inspire children, educators and families alike.

Family


The Maragon Early Learning centres create a sense of community between educators, parents and children.

We achieve this collaborative environment through:

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  • Orientation workshops with parents,
  • Orientation days with children and parents
  • Close communication with parents, through our digital online observation and communication system – centre specific Early Works
  • Ongoing parent workshops
  • Learning community days
  • Parent volunteer opportunities
  • Parent and child sessions

Educators


Maragon Early Learning Centres create a sense of community between educators, parents and children.

Our staff are committed to providing your child with a loving and caring environment in which their love for learning will blossom.

Our staff are all carefully selected because of their passion for children and their respective areas of talent, interest expertise and knowledge.

We believe that by supporting our staff, we are able to provide them with an environment in which they feel valued and appreciated, which allows them to be the best possible educators for your child. We provide ongoing professional development to our staff through both in-house and external training and development.

All staff members at Maragon Early Learning Centres will at all times adhere to The Education and Care Services National Regulations as well as the Maragon Policies and Procedures.

As a condition of employment at Maragon, all staff are required to have a current First Aid certificate, a Health clearance, a Working with Children check and a National Police clearance.

Maragon believes that Educator to child ratios is extremely important and we comply with the Education and Care Services Regulations 2012 at all times.

Age 0 to 2 years  –     1 staff member :4 children

Age 2 to 3 years  –     1 staff member :5 children

Age 3 years +     –     1 staff member :10 children

Nutrition


Children’s nutritional needs are very different to those of adults. Their growth results in high energy needs. To meet this energy and nutrition requirements, we provide either healthy and delicious food or guidelines for families, who provide their children’s meals to develop healthy food attitudes and habits.

The nutritious diet provided to children are based on Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

The weekly menu is displayed in the centre’s foyer.

Your child’s religious, cultural and health requirements will be respected and accommodated. If you wish to provide your child’s own food due o religious/cultural or dietary reasons please contact the Centre Director.

We further believe that by providing a pleasant and beautiful environment and routines we enhance the development of positive food attitudes and habits.

Please ensure that all food allergies are clearly communicated to the centre in writing, with the necessary action plans.

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Our mission at Nourished Beginnings is to set a new standard for what is acceptable nutrition in child care centres and family dinner tables throughout Australia and New Zealand. Our children are our future and it is our aim to assist child care centres and families in providing them with the absolute highest quality food education and nourishment that their children require to grow into healthy adults with strong food values and a healthy relationship with food for life.
Nourished Beginnings provide nutrition consultations, workshops and menu development to families and early childhood centres throughout Australia and New Zealand.