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Weekly Pedagogical Provocations – Series One Philosophy (Part 1)

February 1, 2021

As an Education and Care Service, you must ensure you have a Philosophy that guides all aspects of the service’s operations.

To start our reflective journey, we will focus on the Service philosophy. For the next 4 weeks we will focus our reflective energy on Philosophy development, revision, inclusion & context. In preparation we suggest if you aren’t already, making yourself familiar with your centre’s philosophy!

What is a Philosophy?

A statement of philosophy serves three purposes. It:

  • underpins the decisions, policies and daily practices of the service
  • reflects a shared understanding of the role of the service among staff, children, families and the community
  • guides educators’ pedagogy, planning and practice when delivering the educational program.

When the educational leader, nominated supervisors, co-ordinators and educators contribute to the review of a philosophy statement, it is more likely to be owned by all members of the team. It encourages commitment and willingness to put it into practice.

-Guide to the National Quality Framework P.286

Provocation week one:

Let’s reflect together!

Acknowledgement of Country

At Firefly HR, we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we work & connect with you from today. As a base, Firefly HR connects from the land of the Garigal or Caregal people, and would like to acknowledge all 29 clan groups of the Eora Nation.

At Firefly HR, we connect – although online, and meet by story sharing, learning, taking on non verbal queues, deconstruct and reconstruct information, and move in non linear directions at times. We use symbols without realising, and link with our own land and community.

This is all interconnected. We are utilising Aboriginal pedagogy with these processes and in our daily work.

We acknowledge the land that we are on today has been the core of all spirituality, language, knowledge, and sacred sites. This knowledge is what us and others need to embrace to ensure a future for our children and our children’s children.

We need to hear, respectfully, and listen.

As a guiding principle to the National Quality Framework that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued, we are working on building the foundations here and believe a strong, meaningful acknowledgement of country is important.