Philosophy

Philosophy

At Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten, we believe that children are motivated to learn from birth, and develop best when they feel safe and secure.  We know positive interaction and sensitive, nurturing relationships are fundamental elements for all children to thrive and develop during their early years.

 

We acknowledge the importance of each child as a unique individual, coming from diverse cultures and backgrounds, with varied interests and abilities.  We intend for every child to feel a sense of belonging and wellbeing through rewarding relationships and an acceptance of others in a healthy safe environment. Festivals that are pertinent to the seasons and the lives of the family are celebrated to enrich the cultural and spiritual lives of the children.  Emphasis is placed on embracing all people with respect.

 

We encourage children to bring their unique interests to the curriculum to extend and enrich their knowledge and understanding of their world.  We include and welcome children with additional needs into our community, understanding early intervention and inclusion is critical in gaining successful outcomes for all children.

 

lightbox-with-recycled-objects.jpgWe value the environment and adopt sustainable practices to support children’s learning in this area. We favour the use of natural, ethical, reclaimed and sustainable materials to further complement and enhance both the the indoor and outdoor learning environments.

We acknowledge the critical importance of the partnership between families, children and educators and the wider community in enriching children’s experiences and learning.  We acknowledge the Wurundjeri as the traditional custodians of the land now known as the Shire of Nillumbik and value the significance of the Wurundjeri people’s history as essential to the unique character of the Shire.

 

We are committed to being active in meeting the quality standards of the National Quality Framework in order to offer an early childhood service of the highest quality. We currently hold a rating of 'Exceeding' National Quality Standard.

 

We value our place in the community as a kindergarten with a rich history and passion for early childhood education.