We are a family service providing education and care for children on a part and full-time basis. We offer our service for children from 6 weeks to kindergarten age. Our service operates Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.00pm (care from 7.00am must be pre booked regularly and for care till 6.30pm at an extra cost. The children are grouped by age across rooms, with qualified early childhood professionals staffing each room. We operate an integrated funded Kindergarten Program for 4-5 year old children.
Our approach to early childhood learning & development is reflected in the Early Years Learning Framework’s (2009) and Victorian Early Years Learning Framework, vision to provide children with a sense of Belonging, recognise and celebrate their Being & support their Becoming. We implements a play based, emergent curriculum.
Our homely environment is an extension of children’s homes and learning areas are flexible, stimulating, inviting & purposefully arranged to enhance children’s interests, ideas & cater to individual needs.
We believe children are unique individuals and recognise the need for children to develop an understanding and respect for self and others.
We acknowledge and respect the diverse cultures of children and families.
We believe families are the first teachers and we are the facilitators of learning
We acknowledge the critical importance of partnership among children, parents and educators in a learning community that promotes the wellbeing, education and development of all children.
We encouage to build and foster a sense of wellbeing for good physical and mental health, happiness and feeling of self worth. We believe that interaction, sensitivity to capabilities and attachment are essential in providing opportunities for children to reach their potential.
This potential is achieved through:
- Holistic approach to dispositions of learning imagine and create have meaningful experiences
- Express thoughts and ideas
- Solve problems
- Engage in reflective thinking
- Explore diverse ways of knowing, thinking and learning.
We view children as capable, competent, co-contributors and acknowledge them as active participants in their own learning and drive the curriculum.
We believe that the role of educators is to provide a rich learning, stimulating and responsive environment where positive reinforcement and encouragement make learning possible along with reflection
We acknowledge and value our own indigenous heritage and those of the multicultural Australia. We will value and connect with people to create a sustained learning community.
We strive to support children in the ways they connect with the natural environment to promote awareness of environmental and sustainable practices.
We recognise, and value the knowledge and commitment of the educators and fully support their continued professional learning. Educators will engage in critical reflection of the philosophy, ethics and practice to enrich decision making about children’s learning.
We believe that a philosophy statement changes as new insights are gained and practice is evaluated.