Our Philosophy



1. To provide a play-based curriculum with the support and guidance of educators, that incorporates and extends on each child’s interests, learning and development in relation to the 5 learning outcomes (identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confident learner and effective communicators).


Ways we can achieve this:


  • for all educators to work together to have a written program or documentation that is play based and extends on children’s interests

  • document children’s interests, abilities, learning and development and relate learning to the 5 outcomes

  • including all children in the program

  • For educators to follow the planning cycle

  • Parent partnership/input


2. To protect children by providing a safe environment where they feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential. Child Safety is embedded throughout the service and is a part of everyone’s everyday thinking and practice. We recognise the importance of cultural safety for Aboriginal children, cultural safety for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and the safety of children with a disability.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • to spend quality time with each child

  • Regular discussion/communication with parents

  • Acknowledge and celebrate Gunai Kurnai culture in the service

  • Asking children for input and giving choices


3. To allow children to learn through play and encourage them to become enthusiastic learners in a safe, secure and trusting environment and to encourage them to have input into a flexible program.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • using intentional teaching strategies

  • encouraging children to explore their environment

  • providing a safe environment to play in that is stimulating, inviting and challenging

  • offering age appropriate choices                                                                                                                           


4. To develop trusting and caring relationships with families and support their uniqueness in relation to culture, lifestyle, customs and beliefs wherever possible.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • by getting to know the families and inviting them into conversation about their child and their goals

  • to listen to and value family concerns and give feedback

  • consistency with staff

Our Vision: At Bairnsdale Childcare & Kinder we will work together to provide a Child Safe environment. We aim to deliver high quality care and education for all children and foster a culture of openness, inclusiveness and awareness.


Our Mission: To provide each child in our care with the best possible start to an education that they deserve and to view each child as a capable and competent learner.




5. To listen to and respect each child’s ideas and assist them to feel a sense of belonging and happiness in their environment.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • to acknowledge what children say and respond to this in a positive way and to encourage their independence and sense of agency.

  • Follow children’s interests to give them a sense of accomplishment and to scaffold their learning to help develop their skills.

  • Acknowledge and display children’s work to give them a sense of belonging


6. To listen to families, respect and support them in their role of parenting.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • to listen to what families have to say and respect their feedback, ideas and suggestions and to give support when needed.

  • To talk to children about their families


7. For educators to acknowledge and support each other and work together to support children’s individual learning and programs, in a work place which supports on going professional development and skills.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • open communication between educators

  • for all educators to have input into the program

  • to provide educators with ongoing professional support such as staff meeting, workshops and open communication with management

  • for educators to work together towards the same goal


8. To create learning areas with elements from the natural environment (garden, sandpit, worm farm) etc that reflects a sense of belonging and allows children to explore and provides opportunity for learning, creativeness and expression.


Ways we can achieve this:


  • look at the environments around our community and try and introduce these into our outdoor environment

  • bring the outside environment to inside

  • to continue to build on our sustainability practices.




Reference:  EYLF 2009                           

                     Code of Ethics

                     Reggio Emilia


Reviewed February 2018