Our Philosophy

Children

The Starfish philosophy is based around five key elements that help makeup who we are and why we do what we do, and they are; Children, Family, Diversity, Learning Environment and Community.

As early childhood educators, mentors and carers we strongly believe that every child has the right to feel safe, to feel valued and respected, to learn, explore, have a voice, be heard and of course to grow and reach their full potential.

We aim to teach children to be strong, competent, creative and active learners. Each child is treated as a unique individual with a wide range of needs, learning styles, capabilities, ideas, interests and culture.

We acknowledge that every child is part of a family with rights and responsibilities that extend from home to Starfish, into the local community and beyond, to the global community.

We value and respect the diverse ways in which children express themselves and their understanding of the world around them. It is our job to inspire the children to have a voice and to play an active role in their learning and development. Therefore, the children’s learning is visible through our pedagogical documentation.

Families

Here at Starfish, we understand and acknowledge that the family serves as the child’s first teacher and we respect your contribution to our learning community.

We believe that establishing respectful relationships will foster strong partnerships with our families and therefore, support and enhance the child’s learning.
We also encourage families to get involved in the Starfish community as we value and respect individual parenting styles and encourage a community of learners where children and families are always welcomed.

Community

Staying connected and involved with the local community provides the children with a sense of belonging and an awareness of the world around them.

We honour and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land in which we play and learn. Our commitment to reconciliation is to promote awareness of the history and ongoing connection to the place and land of Indigenous Australians.

We strive to create inclusive opportunities within our community to share knowledge and experiences, through interaction and engagement as the children’s learning outcomes are enriched through partnerships with our community.

Diversity

Australia is an amazing multicultural and diverse country and here at Starfish, so are we!

Which is why we celebrate this by sharing different aspects of each other’s diversity within our learning community.

Our mission is to ensure all families, children and educators within our community are supported, accepted, and valued. We support and develop our community’s understanding and appreciation of our diverse cultures through respected and culturally relevant resources and through family and community involvement.

Starfish is a learning community where social justice, equity and inclusion are highly valued. We will endeavour to advocate for a fairer and just society by exploring children’s views on race, gender, culture, religion, family composition, sexual orientation, immigration and other issues.

Learning Environments

The environment at Starfish is a safe and happy one. Where our educators, families and of course, children have the right to feel safe, valued and respected.

Our programs provide children with the opportunity to guide their learning in collaboration with peers, families and educators.

Our environment takes on the role of the third teacher, as our educators provide flexible and aesthetically appealing play experiences to spark inquiry, exploration and discovery through natural, recycled and man-made resources. We embrace an environment for learning where children have the opportunity to develop curiosity, imagination, knowledge and creative thinking through exploration and research.

We are committed to protecting our global environment to ensure a sustainable future for our children. With sustainable and environmentally friendly practices with the children, families and community.

Educators

Starfish educators are seen as an “Artful Balancer”, who can to listen, observe, reflect, lead, nurture, understand, research, facilitate and scaffold learning.

They use their pedagogical practices in an authentic and meaningful way to embrace and embed the Early Years Learning Framework as well as inspirations from the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education.

Our Educators are valued and respected as individuals andcan work in an inclusive environment, free from discrimination.They will engage in reflective practice and self-evaluation to achieve ongoing improvement for their learning community.

Starfish educators work as a cohesive team, collaborating and communicating with their colleagues, children and families to achieve professional goals. We participate in team-building practices and believe in the importance of professional learning to broaden and update our pedagogy.