18 mths to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 5 yrs
Children are citizens of our global community; ready and able to be, belong, and become. We recognize the value of life skills; and the importance of being mindful, purposeful, and unhurried. We embrace the uniqueness of all children, recognizing and celebrating the differences amongst us all.
We believe in empowering children to take ownership of their thinking, learning and unique identity; and to contribute to shared thinking and learning in personally meaningful ways. Opportunities for mindfulness are valued (both spontaneous and intentional) and embedded within our program. Conversations and experiences exploring kindness and empathy are deliberate and embedded in our relationships with the children and the relationships the children build with their peers.
Our holistic approach to working with children is one of nurturing. Through listening, researching, gathering, and exploring, we thoughtfully contribute to children’s play, and making meaning of the world around them. We embrace opportunities to reach out to the local community and bring meaningful awareness to the children.
Our service, teachers, educators, and families actively participate and work in professional collaboration towards shared knowledge, goals, and values.
Our learning environment and resources are intentional and provide security; and like the natural world, are significant and deserving of care. We value the natural environment as the third teacher and place emphasis, through collaborative and intentional experiences, on supporting the children to recognize how we can reduce our footprint on the land in which we live and play.
The Kindulili Early Learning Team
Kindulili Early Learning offers a variety of programs and activities as part of the daily fee, including:
The children in this age group use the Nest. The Nest is designed to cater to a variety of interests for children under 3 years of age, where they can explore in small group play and side by side learning.
Kindulili honors children as capable and contributing citizens. Children who are able to be mobile in their learning are better equipped to explore key learning areas (literacy, numeracy, social/emotional dev) in ways that are meaningful to them. Adults in the space take an informed and supportive approach and the environment is thoughtful, and intentionally designed to be freely accessed by children.
The Kindergartners and Pre-Kindergarteners use the Den and the Studio rooms.
The Studio is designed to support and provoke creative play and experiences; and also encourages more collaborative and social play. The Den appeals more to investigative work using concentration and focus, as well as experiences for pairs, small groups or individual learning. The Den is also used for relaxation time and group meetings.
Educators value the role of creativity in children’s learning and there is a focus on a range of art based learning from storytelling to claywork to painting. Kindulili supports children as individuals, with unique needs and gifts, within the context of a learning community; which includes other children, educators and family members.
I am a Mum of 2 year old twins and have been learning alongside children for over 13 years in an educator capacity. The wonder of children and the many ways that they communicate, learn and relearn amazes me! I believe by providing children with many opportunities to engage freely with materials, peers and educators we are giving them the best chance to thrive.
Being a part of the Kindulili team feels like home! I was fortunate to be able to complete placement within the service, then to officially join the family and be part of the Kindulili culture and program has been life changing. Two and a half years ago I decided to become an Early Childhood Educator while sitting in the sandpit and chatting with my son and his Peace of Mind peers. Today I sit in the sandpit with my new little friends, contributing to their personal land learning development, and I get paid for it!
Kindulili’s program is rich with culture and sustainability. The holistic approach towards children’s development provides a homely environment which invites and encourages children to react, develop and behave in their own ‘natural’ ways, whilst maintaining mindful thinking toward each other and the service environment.
Over the years that I have worked for Kindulili, I’ve really enjoyed my time as an educator, not only because of the children but also because of the staff and learning environment. The staff have always been welcoming and have always given the time to listen and help me learn and grow.
The environment is forever changing and adapting to suit our needs as educators and those of the children. However, it manages to keep the same level of energy, flow and vibrancy. I always enjoy coming here to work as no day is the same and there is always a level of growth happening.
Kindulili Early Learning values the decisions and preferences made by families for their children, and meals for the day come from the home. Educators work with the children and families to encourage balanced lunch boxes.
During meal times and cooking experiences many thoughts are shared between the educators and the children around the fuel that we put into our bodies and how this affects our energy levels. Kindulili has large and freely accessed outdoor playspaces to support sustained and active play. Fruit supplied by the service is available for any child at any time.
Care for children under school age, on premises especially built or adapted for early childhood education and care services. Private operators, local councils, community organisations, employers and non-profit organisations may run long day care centres.Occasional, Casual or Flexible Care
Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care Services provide short periods of care for children under school age. Families can access Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care on either a regular or casual basis a variety of reasons including, shift or part-time work, respite care, crisis and emergency care, shopping or attending appointments.Pre-school / Kindergarten / Prep
Pre-school is a planned educational program for children in the years before a child commences school. Children are usually aged between 3 and 5 years of age. Pre-school may take place in a range of settings including a purpose built building, in a community setting, a school, as part of a long day care centre or a mobile or visiting service.
In January 2012 the National Quality Framework (NQF) came into effect across Australia.
The purpose of the NQF is to improve and standardise the quality of child care through a range of measures including better staff to child ratios, higher staff qualifications and an assessment and rating system designed to promote continuous improvement.
Under the NQF child care services are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standards (NQS).
The NQS measures the quality of early childhood education and care in Australia. It will cover
most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside school hours care services.
Under these standards child care services will be assessed and rated against the seven quality areas, 18 standards and 58 elements that make up the NQS.