Long Day Care
Our educational programs are underpinned by an emphasis on both care and education as equally vital to children’s learning and wellbeing. We do not see these as different or separate parts but rather as a holistic integrated way of approaching teaching and learning.
Education is care. Care is Education.
We aspire to ensure every child experiences differentiated learning environments that promote many ways of learning and knowing. At Kardinia, our approach to early childhood education and care is eclectic, drawing inspiration from pioneers in our field such as Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia), Emmi Pikler (Respectful Caregiving) and Magda Gerber.
Children are curious learners who naturally investigate, inquire and engage in the world around them. Our innovative programs supports this notion as we use the children ideas, curiosities and wonderings to inform our curriculum, offering endless opportunities for learning.
Partnerships with families
Families are children’s first teachers and as such all learning is positioned in the context of the family. We value parents as partners in the teaching and learning curriculum. Parents are the experts regarding their child and as such collaborating with families is central to supporting positive learning outcomes for children.
We view the environment as an active living influence in children’s lives with the potential to transform, engage and foster wonder and curiosity. The learning environment is more than the equipment you see, it is how our people use the equipment in ways to challenge, provoke and ignite engagement with their ideas.
Children are powerful, competent and capable members of our community. Freedom of movement and key caregiving (Emmi Pikler & Magda Gerber) are teaching approaches we use particularly with infants and toddlers to ensure we give them every opportunity to feel secure and in control of their environment. Because infants and toddlers have limited language and control over their daily lives, we can empower them and promote their social and emotional development through respectful caregiving. As the children grow, we aim to create positive relationships, making them feel safe, secure and supported within our service. We will ensure children are treated with respect, consistency, fairly and equitably as they are supported to develop the skills and knowledge required to behave in a socially and culturally acceptable manner.
In the spirit of respect, Kardinia Childcare and Kindergarten recognises the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia as the Traditional Custodians of the Land. We pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future