Our Philosophy

GOOSH aims to provide a caring, safe and stimulating learning environment for all children attending before and after school care, vacation care or School Development (pupil free) days.

The principles of the GOOSH service are to ensure that:

  • Children’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs are met in a safe, caring and supportive environment.
  • The best interests of the child are the most important concern.
  • Care is provided in a way that:

– protects the child from harm;

– respects the child’s dignity and privacy;

– promotes the child’s wellbeing; and

– provides positive experiences for the child.

  • Programs are meaningful, educational and acknowledge the importance of play and leisure in a child’s life.
  • Freedom of choice in experiences is balanced with age appropriate programming and opportunity for child initiated planning.
  • Children, parents, guardians, staff (‘Educators’) and community members are treated with respect and their views in relation to the proper operation of GOOSH are considered and valued.
  • Parents are primarily responsible for the upbringing, protection and development of their children. To the extent possible, GOOSH aims to support parents in that role.
  • Open discussion is welcome on all issues relevant to GOOSH’s operation and policies.

GOOSH is committed to the National Quality Standard for … School Age Care and the “My Time, Our Place” framework.

The written policies and procedures of GOOSH have been developed and will be monitored and reviewed using these principles, as well as the Greenwich Public School Vision and School Rules.