Our Philosophy

  • At Mirambeena, we are a team of passionate educators from a range of cultural backgrounds and experiences. We all contribute to providing a caring, welcoming environment, which is inclusive and supportive to all children, families and the wider community.
  • We believe that the child is central to the learning process. We view children as capable, competent, co-contributors and acknowledge them as active participants in their own learning. We consult and work in collaboration with children regarding a range of aspects of the programs in every room.
  • At Mirambeena, we believe that play is the essential medium through which children learn. The programs we offer in each room reflect the value of play.  We believe play based learning can be defined as a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations (Early Years Learning Framework).  We believe that risk is a vital component of children’s play, as it allows them to be challenged, to face uncertainty, to problem solve and to work with others to find a solution.  All of these qualities serve to expand children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional abilities.
  • The curriculum we use in our service is based on a combination of The Early Years Learning Framework, Building Waterfalls and the National Quality Framework. The Early Years Learning Framework and Building Waterfalls form the foundation for ensuring that our children experience quality teaching and learning.  Both documents have a specific emphasis on play based learning and recognise the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.  The National Quality Framework provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care services across Australia.
  • At Mirambeena, we acknowledge the Giabal and Jarowair people, traditional owners of the land on which we live and learn. We pay our respects by sharing with the children stories, music, art and history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.  We embrace the diversity of our community and provide an environment where children experience aspects of their own and other cultures.
  • We advocate inclusion and equity of opportunity, access, treatment and outcomes for all children, staff and families within our community. Individuality and the interdependence of all children and adults, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those with additional needs, are appreciated, respected and encouraged by all at Mirambeena.
  • At Mirambeena, we are passionate about promoting and embedding environmental sustainability within our daily practice. We involve our children in recycling, composting, fruit and vegetable gardening and caring for animals.
  • We provide an environment which is safe, supportive and caring, where children form secure relationships with their educators and peers. We believe that all children have the right to experience quality education and care in an environment that promotes their health and safety and protects them from injury, harm and infection.
  • We believe that to provide a program that is relevant to each child, we must work collaboratively with families and the wider community to meet the individual needs of all of the children within our care. We encourage and support parental and family involvement within the program, drawing on their knowledge, skills and interests to extend the children’s awareness of the world around them.
  • At Mirambeena, we are committed to continuous improvement. A key part of achieving this is through ongoing learning and reflective practice.  Critical reflection or reflective practice is a form of personal learning and development that involves engaging with questions of philosophy, ethics and practice.  As professionals, educators at Mirambeena examine what happens within their rooms and reflect on what they might change. Time is allocated during staff meetings to engage in professional discussion, share ideas and new insights and interesting research articles.
  • At Mirambeena, we are committed to promoting educators’ professional development according to their needs and interests. Regular emails regarding professional development opportunities are forwarded to all staff and brochures and flyers are placed on an educational noticeboard, near the staff room, for educators’ perusal.
  • We believe it is important for educators to support one another to ensure strong physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing across the centre.
  • We believe that a statement of the centre’s philosophy changes as new insights are gained and practice is evaluated.