According to the dictionary, the definition of change is to make someone or something different, to alter or modify.
In a world that has been inundated lately with change, one thing that hasn’t changed for us at Karana Early Education Centre, is the on-going reflection of our environments. Through these reflections and discussions, we continue to improve our practices and support our beliefs, one of which is to make this place feel like home.
To me, home means a safe place. A place where I can be myself; be creative; take pride in; make cosy and create memories with family and friends and be a part of a community.
I feel this is what we are creating here in our environments. And just like home, it takes time. It takes many incremental changes. Sometimes it takes stepping out of your comfort zone and leaping into the unknown. That can be a scary thing but I know I will always have my team supporting and guiding me because we have each other’s back.
When we change the environments around, it’s because we listen to the children. We take note of what is happening around us and we follow children’s interests. Currently at Karana Early Education Centre, the children have transformed the block area into a Café. Some people might despair at having the blocks out all day but here we encourage this and change our environment around to suit the children and their everchanging interests.
Here’s to a wonderful 2021, where memories are made.
— Written by Peta