Foundations for lifelong learning

THE REAL DEAL: The outdoor environments at Kardinia honour the natural world and allow the children to use real tools and be part of the construction of learning spaces.

THE REAL DEAL: The outdoor environments at Kardinia honour the natural world and allow the children to use real tools and be part of the construction of learning spaces.

With current research showing us that in the first five years of your child's life, their brain develops faster and more than any other time in their life, kindergarten at Kardinia is serious business.

The teachers at Kardinia are working hard to build the core foundations needed for lifelong learning, in their kindergarten children.

With a philosophy of "Education is care and care is education", programs are underpinned by an emphasis that both care and education are equally as vital to children's learning and wellbeing.

Children are co-constructors in Kardinia's educational programs, where they are challenged to explore, investigate, and discover.

The environments and interactions reflect a positive influence on how children view themselves, so their self-esteem, self-worth and rights are held in high regard.

The best part of kinder is playing on the swings and monkey bars, 'cause I get to learn.

Mila, aged 4

Connecting with the community to ensure a balanced teaching perspective is a priority at Kardinia.

"Being part of and belonging to a community is a protective factor for children, families and our teaching team's positive health and wellbeing," said centre director, Caddie Hill.

"We have an established local community that we care deeply about," she said.

Visitors can see this at the kindergarten through social justice projects and regular community events that bring people together.

Kardinia believe that families are the children's first teachers and as such, all learning is positioned in the context of family.

"We value parents as partners in the teaching and learning journey," said Kardinia kindergarten teacher, Shannon Freeland.

"Parents are the experts regarding their child and as such collaborating with families is central to supporting positive learning outcomes for all children."

The outdoor environments at Kardinia honour the natural world and allow the children to get muddy, use real tools and be part of the construction of learning spaces.

The Harmony Garden allows kindergarten children to develop an understanding and responsibility to the fragile state of our world.

The teachers believe it is their role to support children to build an awareness of their footprint on the earth.

Most importantly, what do the children think in all of this? "The best part of kinder is playing on the swings and monkey bars, 'cause I get to learn," said four-year-old Mila.

Javier, aged five, said, "playing racing cars with my friend Eli is what I like at kinder".

Kardinia Childcare and Kindergarten is undoubtedly a wonderful place to grow and learn.

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