Our philosophy

Our philosophy incorporates Reggio Emilia and Steiner approaches to early education and care.

It is based on three principles:

1. Our image of the child.

We believe:

  • children are competent individuals and encourage them to follow their own curiosity, interests and capabilities; and
  • it ‘takes a village to raise a child’ –  this includes parents, family and the community.

2. Our environments.

We believe:

  • in up-cycling and recycling materials to support sustainability;
  • local cultures should be reflected at our services; and
  • our services should ‘feel like home’ to support each child’s sense of belonging.

3. Our programming and curriculum.

We believe:

  • that each child’s learning journey should be thoughtfully documented; and
  • that parents and families should be given opportunity to influence the curriculum.

Our philosophy evolves in response to the staff, children, their families and the community’s needs.

One Tree Community Services acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of country where we operate. In the spirit of reconciliation, we recognise their continuing cultural connections to their land, waters and communities. We pay our respect to their Elders both past and present and to all First Australians of today.

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