At Calliope Kindergarten we believe that children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. We believe it is the role of early education and care to foster and support children’s sense of belonging.
We acknowledge that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the traditional custodians of our land. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is inclusive and is based on acceptance of and respect for the diversity of each child and their family regardless of ability, gender, race, culture or economic status.
We believe that the early childhood years are not solely for preparation for the future but also about the present and should be a time where a love of learning, creativity, curiosity and problem solving is nurtured.
We hold the belief that throughout an educator’s day they have the important role of engaging children, laughing with them, listening to their stories and allowing space for the unique facets of each child to blossom.
We value the importance of enabling children to feel connected to their world and to have every opportunity to develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally, at their own pace. We believe children benefit from opportunities to learn and develop sustainable approaches to their world.
Educators commit to continual professional growth. They value the important role they play in advocating for children and families rights and that connection to children and families helps to foster a sense of agency and provides a platform for the support of emotional wellbeing.