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Our Philosophy

Mowbray Place Early Learning Centre is committed to providing the highest quality of care for all children and families. We believe positive experiences in a child’s early years lay a solid foundation for the child’s life. Together with families and the community, we believe we can help the children in our care to grow into happy people that can make a valuable contribution to the community.

Quality play experiences provide endless opportunities to practice life skills, develop thinking and representational skills and to make sense of the world as they learn through investigation, exploration, manipulation, questioning and discovery. Play based learning offers young children a stimulating and intrinsically motivating way of interacting with people and objects around them.

Our curriculum is based around a number of key concepts and focus points reflecting the National Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Belonging, Being and Becoming. Children are encouraged to be independent learners; to self-select materials and equipment and to initiate and control their own play experiences and learning while being facilitated and guided by qualified and experienced early childhood professionals.
Our Early Years Learning Curriculum is child and family focused and interest based with a focus on open ended, natural elements. We acknowledge that young children are powerful, resourceful, imaginative, creative and enthusiastic learners and bring with them a strong ability to control their own learning. We embrace the concept that young children can largely direct their own learning in collaboration with families as they explore and discover through play.
By providing a happy, safe, fun and stimulating environment, children become active learners while developing independence and self-esteem. Emphasis is placed on the development of a strong self-image where children can feel confident, safe, secure and supported.
It is our aim to ensure our practices acknowledge the unique cultures of all peoples and to ensure that no one is disadvantaged while accessing our service. It is our aim to reflect each person and families unique culture within our day to day program, and find ways that celebrate this. Of particular note is that our practice will find ways to interweave aspects of Aboriginal culture and practice. We recognize similarities as well as differences and respect this, not just within our service but in promoting respect for all people within the community.
We are passionate about the natural environment and environmental education is integrated throughout the daily program. We encourage children to develop an understanding about sustainability and recycling by exploring the natural world around them and to make conscious decisions.

We strongly recognize the importance of parent participation, and encourage open, positive and trusting relationships with parents and families. Our highly qualified and experienced early childhood educators aim to achieve excellence in their role as facilitators, role models and nurturers of young children’s learning and development. We believe in the process of continually improving the education and care, through self-assessment, reflection and review so we can provide the highest quality service for our families.


We achieve this by:

  • By encouraging children to express their ideas and feelings, to experience success and failure, to question, to describe, to observe.
  • Being prepared to plan for the unplanned and respond to children’s emerging interests in an effort to extend and create new learning experiences for them.
  • Giving children time to just ‘be’, allowing them to live in the moment, reflect and to explore the world around them.
  • Implementing a curriculum that takes into account each child’s cultural and community context and builds on the skills and knowledge they bring with them from their home environment.
  • Providing choices, setting limits, encouraging conversation and giving responsibilities.
  • Promoting and engaging in sustainable practices by embedding them within the program, encouraging children to respect the natural environment and acknowledging our connection to the natural world.
  • Working in partnership with families, communicating openly and respectfully with families and inviting active participation and engagement in the daily program.
  • Evaluating and reflecting continuously in order to keep the program fresh, dynamic, engaging and relevant to children, families and educators.