Our Philosophy

At Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten-Glen Iris, we come together as a community focused team to ensure each child in our centre is receiving not only an education but gaining life skills such as respect, confidence and a disposition for learning. We recognise that the behaviours and experiences we teach children in these early years, have an impact on who they will become.

Maintaining high expectations of ourselves as a team ensures we have relevant and current knowledge of the Early Childhood sector which enables us to have high expectations of children. Teaching them to be independent, effective communicators and to be children who are capable, successful learners on a continuous learning journey.

We encourage and provide opportunities for children to engage with their world, both within the service and in the wider community, creating a sense of belonging and a network for children and families to be a part of. We respect that the partnership between families and educators fosters best outcomes for children. The inclusion of cultural and social diversities through celebration aids us to embrace the abilities of all families, and to provide all children the opportunity to see and question life from different perspectives.

Allowing children to become proactive members of society establishes a pattern of becoming responsible for themselves and their own learning, as well as having a consideration for others. We give them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves and to develop self-respect.

At Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten, we strive to be present in the moment, embracing that mistakes and change is ok as it demonstrates growth, continuous learning and commitment. We support and guide emotional intelligence, encouraging children to express their needs, feelings and form positive habits and relationships with others to build children with resilience.

The children at Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten learn through play and practice; a balance of routine and spontaneity must be present to support development in self-help skills, language and literacy, physical aspects and social interaction. It is also our responsibility to ensure sustainable practices are embedded into children’s everyday routines.

From observing and understanding each child’s developmental stages and their interests we are able to tailor diverse experiences in which children use play to extend their learning. Through child initiated and intentional teaching experiences, a thousand opportunities become available. To complete the planning cycle, we reflect on the learning and interactions, the child and also our role as an educator to ensure best practice outcomes are achieved.

The team at Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten aspire to make memories and help shape the future generation. We do this by building respectful relationships with families and children and making a home-like environment where the best interest of children is always at the forefront of our actions.