Woden Early Childhood Centre Philosophy

We would like to recognize the traditional owners of this land the Ngunnawal people on whose land we build our community on today, we will strive to care for our land as they have for over a thousand years. So I take this word reconciliation and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal one another because she’s the one that gives birth to everything we see around us, everything we need to survive. – Max Dulumunmun Harrison

Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their colour is, or religion, just as long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies – Mandawuy Yunupingu

‘Choosing a school for a child is one of the most important decisions parents make. The school - its teachers, curriculum, educational philosophy, and values both explicit and implicit - will affect the child's day-to-day life. It will help shape the child's personality, view of life, behaviour, and destiny as an adult. And it will also deeply affect the lives of the parents and the life of the family as a whole' - Ronald Koetzsch

The educators at Woden Early Childhood Centre want to provide a place for children, where they can take risks, have adventures and use their imagination, to know joy and feel gratitude.
‘Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.’ - William Arthur Ward

A place that holds them in good stead as future citizens of the world.

A place where creativity is celebrated and there is a freedom of spirit for all involved in the centre E.Y.L.F outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known― Loris Malaguzzi

Where trusting, caring and loving relationships are nurtured and treasured (there is no one in this world like you and that is a celebration) E.Y.L.F outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

Where educators actively support, challenge and facilitate children’s learning with meaningful provocations ensuring continuity of learning

The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers, and adults― Loris Malaguzzi

Where integrity isn’t just a word but something that is strived for and lived by, always. Where accountability is an expectation and mindfulness is shown.

We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect. - Michelle Obama

We want our children to show respect and gratitude, to others, the environment, and the community and to the traditional owners of our land both past, present and future. E.Y.L.F outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

We want our children to feel respected through all aspect of their day. We want them to know their thoughts and opinions are valued and respected, that they are valued as effective communicators. E.Y.L.F outcome 5: children are effective communicators

We want our children to grow and develop a strong sense of belonging and know we value the partnership with them, their families, our community and educators. We know this partnership is the key to the quality care at Woden Early Childhood Centre. E.Y.L.F outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well-being

We want our children to experience justice; to be aware of what it is and why it is so important in our community and society in general. We want them to develop empathy for others and have truly authentic relationships that are based on trust and gratitude. E.Y.L.F outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of well-being

We want our children to experience joy, to know happiness, to develop a true appreciation for what is happening in their lives and know that, they are able to contribute to their world and know that they make a difference. We want them to know gratitude; to show it and feel it; To Flourish.
E.Y.L.F outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

We want our children to develop true resilience, one that gives them a sense of spirit, so that they can be all they can be.
And for them to know that a person should be measured in the deeds they do not just the words they say.

A place where educators voices reflect the centre’s philosophy and the educator’s personal professional philosophies Where curriculum is guided by the children’s voices through educators valuing the importance of Being, Belonging and Becoming as it guides our daily practices.

The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be another child like him - Pablo Casals

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. - Eileen Caddy

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie