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Shared Values

“Our job is too difficult and too beautiful to do alone” – Amelia Gambetti, April 2015

Sandy Bay Child Care Centre and Princes Street Kindergarten have developed a shared philosophy that is inclusive of children, educators, teachers, families and our wider community.

This philosophy has been developed to support a clear, combined future identity that has at its centre the principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Approach[1] and the Early Years National Quality Framework.

Our philosophy embraces the uniqueness of each child, who we believe are strong, capable and resilient.

Our Early Years Village, program, and environment, provide opportunities for children to self-direct their inquiry play-based learning activities.  Each child’s voice is central to our relationship-focused environment as we: inquire, discover, explore, express and create our understanding of the world and our place in it.

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning and how to learn.” Loris Malaguzzi.[2]

[1] The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, and of human beings, as possessing strong potentials for development and as a subject of rights who learns and grows in the relationships with others. More information on the Reggio Emilia website.

[2] ‘History, ideas and philosophy’, in Edwards, C. Gandini, L. and Forman, G. 1998. The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach. Ablex Publishing: Greenwich, p. 83.