Respectful Caregiving and Freedom of movement

We understand children to be powerful, capable and competent members of our community. They are curious learners who naturally investigate, inquire and engage in the world around them.

We believe that when you observe and listen to children they communicate what they need.

They give us obvious indicators as to what they want in order to learn and develop – particularly at a non-verbal stage of development.

Respecting children, their choices and treating them with mindful consideration is the foundation of our teaching approach. When children have the opportunity to express their needs and preferences, their wellbeing is recognised and maintained. This means treating even the youngest infant as a completely whole being, not an object.

Supported by Dr Emmi Pikler’s theory on how to best nature infants, in conjunction with current research, these ideals also influence how we design our environments.

The spaces we invite children into are arranged to allow children to explore the natural unfolding of their development, that being, we don’t put children into positions they can’t get into – or out of – by themselves.

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In the spirit of respect, Kardinia Childcare and Kindergarten recognises the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia as the Traditional Custodians of the Land. We pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future

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