The Discovery Garden
Philosophy Declarations

At The Discovery Garden, our team of Educators we are in constant reflection and in conversation with each other about our Centre philosophy. It is what guides us, drives us and it is our yard stick for decision making and our pedagogical  approach.  These initial philosophy declarations were created by our Educators before we opened. These will further evolve over time to deepen and reflect our unique community.

Respect

-We declare that we as Educators will meet, respect and advocate the for rights of every child.

-We see respect as a foundation for developing connections and relationships with families, communities and each other.

-We will honour and respect the Awabakal people of our region, land and country.

-We will present and document children’s work and ideas in a respectful manner.

-We will include all families, showing deep respect for culture, diversity and abilities.

-We believe that our Educators are professionals within our community.

-We respect the choices, voices and ideas that children hold.

-We believe in respecting the environment in which we are in and surrounded by.

Connect

-We feel that the connections and relationships fostered and invested at The Discovery Garden are varying, unique and strong- but equally important.

-We will encourage and support the involvement of all members of our community.

-We see value in making connections with the natural world and our environment.

-We see friendships as an opportunities to connect and create memories.

-We believe children have the right to be seen and heard within the community

-We feel children deserve the time and space to connect and revisit learning experiences.

-We believe communication and interactions are important for children to feel they belong in studios and feel comfortable with educators.

-We will liaise and connect with outside agencies and professional educators- ensuring the best possible outcomes for children’s and families.

-We see value in acknowledging past experiences and those who have walked before us.

-We encourage educators and children to connect with their feelings and emotions.

Create

-We will endeavor to inspire children through creating environments rich in play possibilities.

-We value children’s creatives voices and see value in all creative expression.

-We will provide children with a rich and diverse supply of materials to express, explore and create with.

-We observe common languages throughout spaces as a means to connect and belong.
-We will foster children interests and provide open ended opportunities for them to further explore and create.
-We seek to create positive dispositions around learning and attitude to learning.

-We strive to create a space and Centre where joy lives

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