We Developed our own Rockstar program to enhance 5 Core Competencies in children.

Social Awareness

Being aware of oneself is an integral part of human development and it starts at childhood. You would have noticed that a few children excel in this and some struggle with the concept of being aware of oneself. We believe that social awareness is at the core of everything we do. To be present to our needs and of the people around us is a crucial competency among children.

Our programs cater for self-awareness among individuals and creating a sense of awareness of others around them, thus being socially aware of their environment. Individuals who are equipped with social awareness make responsible decisions and are inclusive of the needs of others. This core competency is crucial for children to grow up and create a world around them which benefits all.

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Self Expression

We often notice that some children are reserved about their views whereas some are quite open of their opinions. Self-expression is very important for children, but at times it is thwarted due to the perceived consequences. Some children may be scared of sharing their ideas and on the other hand, some might like to impose their ideas on others. The way children communicate verbally and non-verbally is crucial to identify. In absence of this self-expression, children might feel unheard, unappreciated, not valued and might retaliate in an undesired way.

There are factors which influence these expressions. We do not limit our work to the personality types, we go beyond them and share contemporary research in this field with you. Our program on Self-expression can assist educators in identifying what works and what doesn’t work for the children in their workplace and create an environment such where self-expression can be celebrated and promoted among children.

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Emotional Intelligence

You must be aware of academic intelligence among children. There are scales to measure this intelligence and we often grade children based on how they perform in school tests. Emotional intelligence is distinct from academic intelligence. It is about how a child reacts in a given situation, what might frustrate a child, what might be some of the triggers which lead to an emotional response and how can a child become responsible about his/her emotions.

In absence of this control, a child might react inappropriately in a given situation thus leading to undesired behaviour. Although we believe that these behaviours are a part of childhood, our programs are designed to empower children to take responsibility for their emotions and deal with them powerfully. We argue that emotional intelligence is at par with academic intelligence and should be given equal attention.

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Powerful Choices

It is important to see what factors influence children’s choices. Glasser’s theory of choice hints that children might make choices to survive, to love and to belong, to experience freedom, to have fun, and to exert power. How does this show up at your workplace? Have you ever wondered about how this phenomenon impacts children’s behaviour? Perhaps their undesired behaviour might be a sign of lack of love or of them exerting power.

Our programs are designed to assist you in identifying specific behaviours and what may be at the background of these behaviours. We will assist you in creating an environment such that it caters for these critical areas, which would not only assist children at your workplace but also the educators.

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Managing Physiological Needs

Maslow and Carl Rogers, two of the key researcher and advocate of humanist theories, stress that children can attain self-actualisation. Humanistic psychology has affected the educational system with its views on self-esteem, self-directed learning, and confluent education, offering tools for personal and spiritual transformation. Maslow stressed that humans have an inborn desire to satisfy various needs, which he termed as the hierarchy of needs. Physiological needs call pre-emptively for satisfaction; then follows needs for safety, for love and belonging and for self-esteem. Maslow regarded these as “deficiency needs”.

Children respond to their environment based on where they find themselves in the hierarchy of needs. Our programs are highly influenced by the humanist paradigm and the elements within. We bring forth distinct possibilities at your workplace such that both children and staff members have the sense of belonging to your workplace. The sense of belonging plays a vital role in work performance and children’s behaviour.

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About Saurubh

Saurubh Malviya – Director

Saurubh Malviya is a PhD candidate and university instructor with a passion for exploring and cultivating a holistic approach towards the development of children and educators.

After completing his Masters of Teaching, he worked as a classroom teacher for 5 years, an OSHC coordinator for 10 years and a tertiary educator for more than 5 years. His current path of inquiry has led him to investigating learning opportunities for children in OSHC settings through his PhD.

As a university lecturer Saurubh has received recognition of excellence in teaching for the last 3 years. His passion for education and his unique approach to teaching has been widely recognised by his students and peers.

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Our Services

  • Consultancy
    We provide online and in-person consultancy sessions for your workplace. These sessions target your specific needs and focus on transforming your workplace such that it brings forth new possibilities for your team.
  • Training
    We provide training sessions for your staff members' professional development and assist them with broadening their knowledge and understanding of children's development and thereby assisting them in their profession.
  • Workshops
    We run fun workshops where you and your team can come together and learn new perspectives on effective management and positive interactions. These workshops will introduce your team to contemporary theories and how these...

About Our Philosophy

We Believe

Children’s sense of belonging is the keystone of our philosophy at ‘We Belong”. We believe that in order to be responsive to the vast diversity in character, qualities and dispositions of every child in their organisation, educators must draw from proven methods arising from contemporary theories in the field of childhood development.

Children construct their own realities. They make sense of their environment and of people very differently from the way adults understand their surroundings. We believe that childhood should be revered and therefore our practices and philosophy revolves around enhancing that very same childhood. We believe that all children are whole and complete and that they have everything they need to rock their world and that is why we call them the Rockstar of their lives. Our Rockstar program was developed to create a common language among educators, parents and children, such that children are empowered to achieve the core competencies.

We acknowledge the very real impact that frontline educators have in the lives of children and the insightful knowledge they hold about each child in their program. And we believe that it is vital to transform sound theory into practical ways that educators can enrich their contributions to children’s competencies and sense of belonging.


Our Mission

Our mission is to bring forth amazing possibilities for children and we do that with the support of our key theoretical pillars which are built from:

  • Maslow’s work concerning Self-Realisation,
  • Bilmes’ research in life skills,
  • Glasser’s Choice theory, and
  • Bronfenbrenner’s creation of the Social Ecological Model

These theories support strategies, methods and practices that promote the 5 Competencies and develop that sense of belonging so essential for every child.

We work with your organisation to generate powerful and authentic communication between children and educators. Our theoretical foundation is delivered via real-life exploration of the educators’ role with children. We consider realistic and practical strategies that make sense in each individual work context and that make a real impact on children’s competencies and sense of belonging.

Our Rockstar program delivers on our commitment to collectively enhance a deeper understanding of what shapes the development of children into future citizens of the world. We are a possibility of empowering children and transforming lives.

Our Statement

Frontline educators play a vital role in the formative years of children. Yet, outside their work contexts, very little is often known about the breadth of their role or their day to day challenges. Educators often describe a sense that their feelings are overlooked or diminished, or their work devalued in the eyes of the public or higher learning educators. We Belong prioritises the empowerment of these educators and has created its program to acknowledge and appreciate the value and existing knowledge of these important elements of society.

People's Experience of Us

  • Natalie Philp
    Wow- During my 25 years within this industry, I have never attended such an incredible workshop. Theory of choice brings a whole new light to the subject of positive behaviour support. Understanding the behaviour doesn’t mean you fix it immediately.
    Natalie Philp
    Director OSHC
  • Carol Desnica
    An outstanding presentation that was not only extremely engaging but very informative that left our Educators wanting more. After the session, we collaborated with each other and spoke about implementing Saurubh's strategies immediately! There wasn't a second out of the 2 hours that I felt a need for a break as I was blown away with Saurubh's enthusiasm and passion for the children. I could relate to every aspect of the presentation in a positive way leaving feeling energised and excited for the change. I could see the shift in Educator's thoughts straight away
    Carol Desnica
    Coordinator OSHC
  • Joanne Jackson
    Saurubh’s presentation was enlightening. It is great to do a workshop that results in real strategies that once implemented will work. It just takes time. The presentation certainly helped us to understand children and empower educators. Understanding self-regulation was the key that unlocked the understanding of children’s behaviour. Can’t wait for part 2.
    Joanne Jackson
    Service Leader OSHC
  • Karen Brown / Anita Noiesen
    Anyone within the OSHC sector should take the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Staff and Establishing strong Communication Culture workshop to expand their knowledge on what they do every day. Our staff who attended were engaged and excited to implement the strategies we learnt. We are also excited to see the staff sharing the information with those who could not attend on the day. A sure sign of success!
    Karen Brown / Anita Noiesen
    Coordinator OSHC
  • Karen Paterson
    This session was amazing, the interaction was awesome from all educators. Being taught a different way of dealing with situations. Really enjoyed this session.
    Karen Paterson
    Coordinator OSHC
  • Sharon Aldridge
    Engaging, relatable, do-able, self-reflection is important to me. I like that "No-Power" is a strategy and would be beneficial to this centre.
    Sharon Aldridge
    P & C Cooperation Manager
  • Joanne Jackson
    Saurubh’s presentation was enlightening. It is great to do a workshop that results in real strategies that once implemented will work. It just takes time. The presentation certainly helped us to understand children and empower educators. Understanding self-regulation was the key that unlocked the understanding of children’s behaviour. Can’t wait for part 2.
    Joanne Jackson
    Service Leader OSHC
  • Thomas
    I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with Saurabh and use him as a resource. He can break down the theory and implement them into a practical setting showing why we, as Educators do what we do. The concept of theory can be overwhelming and for a lot of my staff it was the practical application that made his programs most rewarding. Behaviour Management is always an area where my staff has asked for guidance and support. I highly recommend these programs and any opportunity you can spend with Saurabh will be rewarding.
    Thomas
    Director
  • Christina
    I attended Saurubh's presentation on Reflections. I loved the way he broke down the 5 OSHC outcomes and linked them to Maslow's hierarchy of needs and CASEL. Saurubh also used his PhD research findings to demonstrate how the outcomes actually relate to children's experience. Moreover, Saurubh's sense of humour is out of this world and he made the presentation a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. I can't wait for his next workshop!!
    Christina
    Relief Coordinator
  • Shannon Parish
    Saurubh is so knowledgeable and personable. He offered thought provoking and practical guidance that will help us in improving our culture and relationships with the children.
    Shannon Parish
    Lead Educator
  • Zanda
    This session was extremely informative and very well presented. He presented Real Philosophical ideas in a way for everyone to understand. Following these concepts not only in OSHC but in everyday life will benefit everyone.
    Zanda
    Lead Educator
  • Shelley Herbert
    This workshop was extremely engaging and enjoyable. It was refreshing to hear different approaches to child behaviour that are formulated in positive ways. Tis was a highly rewarding experience with great educational value.
    Shelley Herbert
    Educational Leader
  • Lauren Butcher
    I think this was an insightful workshop into how we can change our perspective, comments and tones on certain issues when they arise. It was also reassuring that it is OK to feel different emotions when dealing with the child/children that express themselves more.
    Lauren Butcher
    Educator
  • Blayze Leigh
    I found it very interesting that the Humanist Argument can provide such a different perspective on children's development. Such a small mind switch in thinking of our way to interact with children can change their interactions towards us.
    Blayze Leigh
    Educational Leader

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