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Our Philosophy and Policies

Children come to this kindergarten as capable, competent learners. It is our role to provide an environment which enables them to demonstrate their mastery of their world.

JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten encourages children to:

  • Acknowledge our first nation’s people. We come together on Wurundjeri land and pay our respects to their elders past and present.
  • Care for the land we are on, care for each other and for all living things
  • Discover the richness and cultural diversity of our world through an inclusive bias free curriculum, celebrating people of all backgrounds and abilities
  • Feel safe, secure, happy and empowered; they have the right to be heard and their thoughts and feelings are believed and validated
  • View themselves as competent learners and respected participants in our community. Kindergarten translates as ‘child’s garden’. The rights of our children as enshrined in the United Nation’s Convention 1989 are the focus of our centre
  • Independently manage their own safety through ‘risky play’ and through the use of real tools and materials. Children seek out challenges and learning in a way which respects themselves and others
  • Manipulate their environment to enhance their learning and meet their needs; their voices are included in programming and planning and our aesthetics and play spaces are determined by the children for the children
  • Develop an understanding of what it is to be in a community and the rights and responsibilities of group living
  • Feel a sense of belonging and community through whole group and meal times
  • Explore our natural playground. Children are invited to connect with the natural environment in all weathers with messy, barefoot and water play
  • Expand their learning through child led and intentional teaching and develop a lifelong disposition for learning

Our curriculum is developed from the national EYLF and state VEYLDF. Intentional teaching is delivered by staff in the environment of an emergent curriculum. Our teachings are informed by the work of leading educational theorists and we are inspired by Froebel, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Steiner and Teacher Tom Hobson.

We believe parents are their child’s first teachers and proudly uphold the tradition of the parent run kindergarten. We see the success of your child being achieved by a true and equal partnership with parents and families.

Parents and families are always welcome and your input is vital to your child’s success. The sense of community your family develops with us here will last a lifetime.


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