AT GEEBUNG C&K our philosophy was developed through consultation with educators, children and families.
One girl holds the steering wheel as two other girls and a boy go for a ride outside in a "car" made of wooden blocks at Geebung Kindy in Brisbane's north. A silver hubcap is the wheel.

In relation to the children, we believe that it is important to:

  • Recognise that each child is unique and irrespective of gender, culture and ability they should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Acknowledge that children come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique strengths, experience and understanding of their world.
  • Form meaningful supportive relationships with children through listening, playing, talking and questioning.
  • Support children as individual and social learners and recognise that play is an essential means through which learning takes place.
  • Recognise individual learning styles and encourage children’s active learning partnerships.
  • Support, challenge, extend and encourage all children’s learning and development, so that children see themselves as capable, competent and able to meet the challenges, successes and joy of life and learning.
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In relation to our families, we believe it is important to:

  • Acknowledge that families are the children’s first and most influential teachers.
  • Build relationships with families that assist them to develop trust, a sense of belonging, reciprocal communication and a partnership, regardless of input.
  • Value and recognise diversity, we recognise that each family brings their unique culture, values and beliefs and that acknowledging similarities and differences helps build and strengthen relationships.
  • To recognise that children’s experience and association within the family group is part of their total learning and therefore actively support and encourage, continued parent involvement and open and reciprocal communication.

Teacher Mrs Leah Murray sits on the floor in her classroom and plays with five of her pupils - two girls and three boys. A blackboard can be seen to the right and wooden toys and blocks to the left and back.
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In relation to environments, we believe that it is important to provide an environment that:

  • Protects and promotes children’s, safety, security, health and wellbeing.
  • Encourages children to experience, explore, create, observe question, investigate, and discover.
  • Supports children exploration and understanding of the natural world and the development of sustainable practices.
  • Assists children’s preparation for life in a changing world by helping them to develop the skills to listen, negotiate, share, respect, problem solve , take risks, resolve conflict, compromise and develop resilience.
  • Encourages children to communicate and to become collaborative social learners.
  • Supports children uniqueness and encourages, supports and extend their learning, interests, contribution, knowledge, experience and development.
  • Encourages children to be active participants in their own learning and where exploration, discovery, curiosity and play are the main focus and where hand on learning experience s are valued.

In relation to the curriculum, we believe it is important:

  • That the early years learning Framework, Building waterfalls curriculum and the National Quality standard are embedded into our daily practice.
  • That we are guided professionally by the Early Childhood Australian Code of Ethics.
  • To Continue to support reflective practices, to monitor and evaluate the children’s development and learning, to encourage children’s active involvement in planning, to plan for continuous and ongoing improvement and to share this documentation with families in meaningful ways.
  • To encourage respectful and socially just practices and advocate for the right of children.
  • To recognise, respect and support the contributions and strengths of all members of our community- educators, parents and children.
  • Promote, support and value ongoing professional development and reflective practices.

In relation to the wider community, we believe:

  • It is important to develop relationships within our community, to utilise specialist services, to share resources and to use community resources to enhance the quality of our education and care.
  • In recognising and acknowledging The Turrbal people as the traditional owners of this land.
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