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Philosophy Statement of Wattletree Early Childhood Centre

We would like to recognise the traditional owners of this land, the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people, on whose land we build our community today.

Belonging, Being and Becoming

We aim to recognise the importance of these early years, and to provide an appropriate environment that is relaxed, warm and nurturing, ensuring each child, family and educator feels a sense of belonging.

The early years are a time for a child to take pleasure in the here and now, to spend time playing and experiencing life’s wonders. Children experience a sense of being by taking time to explore the present moment.

Through the many experiences and changes that occur in the early years, children will grow and develop, creating their own identity becoming a person who actively participates in our society.

In relation to our Educators

Our role as educators is to assist children to achieve their full potential by extending and facilitating their needs and interests. We recognise and respect children and families beliefs and values and have an awareness of children’s differences and diversities. We provide a learning environment that is safe and stimulating, encouraging self-esteem in children, self help skills, resilience and an environment that supports a play based program. Our educators aim to establish the foundations for children’s positive lifelong learning. We are committed to providing high expectations for all children’s learning and developmental capabilities, recognising that all children learn and develop in their own unique way. We are dedicated to continual improvement through reflection of our own practices and procedures.

In relation to the learning environment

We engage children in an environment that reflects the cultural diversity of Australia, by providing opportunities that facilitate choice, independence, inquiry, self esteem, communication and peer interaction in a nurturing and supportive environment. [i][1]The materials and resources found in our rooms are derived from the natural world and the environment is looked upon as the third teacher. We encourage environmental awareness through sustainable practices within the centre and throughout the development and implementation of the program.

In relation to the involvement of Families

The support and information given by the families is crucial to maintaining high quality care and education. Families provide the bridge between the centre and home by sharing information, unique skills, cultural value and a sense of belonging for the child to his/her learning community.



[1] Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994) founder of the 'Reggio Emilia' approach

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