National Quality Framework (NQF)
The National Quality Framework ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’ guides Margaret Cribb Early Learning’s curriculum decision making to extend and enrich children’s learning. By establishing respectful and caring relationships with children and families, educators work together to make curriculum and learning experiences relevant to children. These experiences gradually expand children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
Margaret Cribb Early Learning places a strong emphasis on play-based learning. Educators have created a warm and friendly environment for children and families. MCEL provides opportunities for children to explore, imagine, experiment and discover in an environment rich in natural elements, which fosters children’s development creates an awareness and connectedness with the environment and one another.
The Reggio Emilia Approach
The Reggio Emilia educational approach is an innovative and inspiring method of early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
We value the benefits of outdoor and messy play which is an integral part of our program. We encourage children to play in bare feet as it is a natural, comfortable and sensory exploration of the outdoor learning environment. Reggio Emilia places the child at the very centre of their learning and views everyone as infinitely capable, resilient, creative, curious and intelligent.
Margaret Cribb Early Learning has a commitment to the environment and sustainable practices. We believe in educating children about the importance of looking after the world we live in and do this by implementing sustainable practices and exploring sustainability as part of our educational program. We engage with the environment through gardening activities, nature play, unstructured outdoor play, messy play, water play and art.
We learn about our role in caring for the planet by composting, recycling and striving not to be wasteful. We bring healthy, litter free lunches, grow vegetables to learn about seasonal eating, play and experiment with natural, recycled and upcycled resources. Sustainability is a serious responsibility but learning about the environment that surrounds us and how to care for it can be so much fun.