Our Philosophy

This philosophy guides our practices. It has been developed over time in collaboration with all stakeholders and influenced by the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards.

Environment

Gumleaf Gully provides a warm and welcoming environment, a homelike space where children are acknowledged for their individuality and are supported to feel safe and secure.

Children feel a sense of belonging through play; having fun and laughter, they are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace.

We value our natural environment as our third teacher; we set up enriched indoor and outdoor spaces for opportunities to learn through connecting with elements of nature, using sustainable practices, teaching care and empathy for all living things and respect for the heritage of our land.

Gumleaf gully recognises that physical development can be enhanced through a variety of programs embedded in our practices.

We celebrate our families’ cultures and heritages and acknowledge their importance through creativity, communication, music, movement and inclusive partnerships.

Education

Gumleaf Gully educators are professional, confident and respectful teachers who value children’s identity and rights, and view children as capable and confident learners.

Educators respond to children’s voices through active listening, allowing children to guide their own learning. We role-model positive behaviour and interactions by greeting children by name, we recognise the significance of being present in the here and now.

We understand the importance of the strength of our relationships with children and families, using collaborative conversations to guide our practices.

Our learning programs are reflective and incorporate high expectations and equity for all children, allowing significant change.

This fosters becoming as they prepare to be active participants in their society and reach their full potential.

Our team is committed to lifelong learning. We have respect for one another’s opinions, strengths, skills and knowledge. We recognise the importance of the diverse cultures within our service and the wider community by networking, professional development and continuity of learning, working for Mobo Jajumm – Tomorrows children.

Gumleaf Gully would like to acknowledge the Yugambeh people, and thank them for sharing their land with us.

We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future.

We promise to look after this land, the animals and the people too.

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