Gumnut has a long tradition of providing excellence in preschool education in a welcoming and inclusive environment, laying the foundations for lifelong learning. We foster strong relationships with our families and children who value the opportunities we offer for developing friendships and experiencing the joy of play.
Our philosophy is inspired by our vision and values and current
research in the field. We are guided by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Child Safe Standards. Our practice is informed by the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics, the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework in Australia – Belonging, Being and Becoming. (Quality Area 7.1.1 - A statement of philosophy guides all aspects of the service’s operations)
⎻ a community based, parent managed, not-for-profit service, offering a high level of education, care and support for children and their families.
⎻ part of the wider community and encourage relationships with community organisations, local council and schools.
⎻ in a play-based approach and open-ended learning,which reflects the children’s strengths, interests and stages of development, and allows them to be active participants and contributors in their own learning.
⎻ in nurturing a positive self-esteem and confidence within each child to develop communication and social skills, promoting a child’s sense of agency
⎻ in developing healthy, active lifestyles and a mentally healthy community
⎻ in creating, for staff and families, an environment which is based around mutual respect, reflection, teamwork and professionalism.
⎻ in honouring the diverse strengths and passions of each member of our team.
⎻ in acknowledging the diversity of individuals, family structures, values, culture and child rearing practices. We are committed to an inclusive approach and support each child to feel safe, secure, confident and included.
⎻ that sustainable natural environments help children to develop an awareness and respect for their world.
⎻ and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the traditional custodians of our land and show awareness and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture which is reflected in
our daily programme.
⎻ the importance of working in partnership with families and the community by encouraging and valuing their contributions and participation.
⎻ that learning is most effective when built upon prior experiences.
⎻ that equal importance should be given to both the indoor and outdoor learning environments.
⎻ the importance of the preschool experience as being an essential part of a successful transition to school and beyond.
⎻ nurture the whole child through the practices, principles and outcomes of the (EYLF) ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming’, providing a happy and safe environment where children can play, learn and