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Our Philosophy

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The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences”
~ Loris Malaguzzi

Relating to children:

We believe that children learn best in an environment that supports holistic learning and a growth mindset. Our wish is for children to experience a sense of wonder, curiosity, competence, confidence and joy.

We view every child as a thinker, problem-solver, active learner, researcher, theorist and explorer. We promote the image of the child as an individual and active participant in their environment.

Relating to Educators:

We believe that educators and children are collaborators in learning. We value the identity of both within a community of discovery that explores future possibilities.

We believe that as educators, we have a responsibility to create landscapes of experience and research, by recognising and furthering children’s passions.

We celebrate the many ‘languages’ that children use to communicate, learn, think and play. It is our role to create contexts for listening.

We believe in supporting the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, in recognising children’s rights to play and being active co-constructors in their lives.

Relating to families and the community:

We recognise the importance of partnerships between families and Orchard Early Learning Centre and actively foster collaborative relationships. We believe in supporting families in the care of their children and in encouraging family participation in our centre.

We view Orchard Early Learning Centre as a ‘village’ of learners and seek to build community ties that support the idea, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

We recognise the importance of relationships, in helping children to develop a sense of ‘becoming, being and belonging’.

We seek to acknowledge the original land owners, the Dharawal people, and for children to develop an understanding of indigenous culture.

We recognise families are diverse in nature. We celebrate the experience and knowledge they bring to Orchard Early Learning Centre.

Relating to the environment:

We view the environment as an extension of the ‘teacher’, inviting a sense of wonder and magic.

We believe in children having access to the natural environment, with fresh air and open learning opportunities.

We believe children should have opportunities to see the seasons change, feel the air on their skin and admire the ever-changing skies while they explore nature and observe the cycles of growth.

Our wish is for every child to develop an awareness of the environment, of their position in the world and of themselves as global citizens.

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