Early Years @ Phoenix Park – Philosophy

Firstly, we are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people from the East Kulin region as the traditional owners of this land and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Early Years @ Phoenix Park is a place where:

  • children feel happy, safe and nurtured, surrounded by warm & responsive relationships;
  • families feel welcome and supported, and
  • community members can meet, build connections & develop a strong sense of community.

Our Vision is for strong and cohesive community in which children are central and families are supported.

Our Mission is to work together to deliver accessible, high quality integrated community based early childhood services that maximise child and family wellbeing and build and strengthen community connectedness.

Early Years @ Phoenix Park is committed to:

Being child-centred

We recognise children as active participants and decision makers in their learning within a play based curriculum. In developing the learning environment we listen to children, we support the development of their relationships, and value their contribution within the community.

Supporting families

Communication with parents is respectful, regular and responsive to individual needs and values. Families are supported through listening and sharing information about their child. Educators recognise what is important to families and reflect on how this can be supported through professionally recognised guidelines. Education and resources are made available.

Building communities

Equity, inclusion and diversity underpin all aspects of the centre. We acknowledge Australia’s Indigenous heritage and that of the wider community. We invite the sharing of skills, knowledge and aspirations, building a community of learners with opportunities to connect families with each other and with other services.

Working together

We create a community in which the questions, expectations, and knowledge of children, families and educators, all have a respected place. Diverse communication methods are used to strengthen relationships. A collaborative approach sustains the evolving curriculum planning processes.