We believe in children's intelligence, that children learn through play and that this is the right of every child, no matter what their ability. We believe including children of all abilities benefits the children, staff and parents involved in the centre. Children should be able to play with peers in their own community. We also believe that children learn best in a well organized, unhurried, natural environment where they can actively explore areas of their interest.
The role of the teacher is to set up a safe, stimulating environment and to support and extend children's play. This is accomplished
by carefully observing and documenting the children as they play and explore.
Our values include:
- connecting with nature
respect for the environment
(both inside and outside)
- healthy well being
- sustainable living
- respecting diversity
- the importance of play
- building relationships
- the importance of community
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
Children must have some control over the direction of their learning;
Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore;
Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
Our Values & Vision
We strive to create a spirited place
where the child's joyfulness in play is nourished
by providing a natural environment full of wonder. We believe this can only be done by staff, children, and their parents being committed to co-creating the learning space. When children learn to make choices in a caring, micro community, they develop a sense of community and ownership. This will be the foundation, on which to build a larger community base, as they grow.
We value a community that is based on respect for oneself, others, learning and the environment.