Philosophy and Values

Our philosophy

Coburg Children’s Centre Inc. is a nurturing community made up of children, families and staff. In our nature-based setting we value diversity, wellbeing, learning and development, environmental responsibility, and fun.

We believe:

  • Children are active communicators; they give and receive information in different ways
  • Children have a developing sense of identity; this reflects their inner and outer worlds
  • Children’s wellbeing is fundamental to their happiness; this reflects the physical, social and emotional aspects of their lives and the values at the essence of their being
  • Children are a vital and valued part of the community; community includes people, places and culture which starts in the family household, extending to the local environment and wider world
  • Children’s learning and development is an individual process; children’s confidence in their ability to learn comes when they are actively and purposefully involved in play.

Our Values

Our service has an ethos of acceptance, inclusion, and recognition of abilities.

We value diversity: there is no place for bias, inequality, exclusion, discrimination or stereotypical attitudes.

We openly accept each family’s uniqueness and provide support for the family as a whole.

Most importantly our values are supported by our attitude and our reputation within the community in which we take great pride.

Diversity

Inclusion is at the foundation of our values, and we provide programs for all children including those with additional needs.

We practice:

  • openly valuing and accepting all children
  • celebrating uniqueness and diversity
  • enabling all children to have equal opportunity to participate in all experiences

Diversity is also reflected in our team of educators and staff and you will find a variety of languages used by our team. We celebrate diversity, and our staff come from all over the world, aged from their 20s to their 70s, and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experiences. The children regularly learn songs and rhymes in languages other than English.

Diversity is not just about where you were born or what language you speak but can  also include gender, religion, sexual orientation, cuisine, social habits, art and music. You will see all of these reflected at our centre.  

Given we are such a diverse centre, we do not celebrate any specific social or cultural day. We prefer to weave diversity into our everyday practice and live who we are.