As well as your child’s educational journey, our philosophy guides and informs our educators and articulates the foundations of our professional practices across the Mother Duck family. It’s designed to honour and empower children, families, educators, communities, and the early childhood profession.
Of course, as we learn and grow, our philosophy and our approach are dynamic. It will continue to be guided by new learnings and evolution in our local and wider communities.
Our team of educators commits to upholding the rights of all children. The place of childhood is a unique and critical part of the human lifespan. We invite children to engage in meaningful and purposeful experiences. We promote their natural desire for learning through playful curiosity, inquiry and wonder.
Children use these important thinking skills to investigate an environment that supports the growth of positive and respectful relationships with others. In turn, this nurtures each child’s sense of well-being, identity, self-worth and joy.
You are your child’s first and most important social and cultural community. With you and at home is where they learn about who they are and their place in the world. This isn’t one-sided, though. Children offer us an understanding of their identity within this community as well. And so, it’s our professional obligation to form strong and authentic alliances with families, so our children can move across both settings with a sense of safety and security.
At Mother Duck, families and educators share a mutual respect for each other’s impact on children’s lives.
We support our educators to act collectively and collaboratively in the best interests of children and each other. Educators will nurture a culture of learning that is based on professional curiosity, diversity in views and opinions, and mutual respect for the many ways of knowing, understanding and interacting with the world. This, of course, includes Indigenous knowledge.
Australia has a commitment to ensure each child’s right to achieve their full potential, regardless of their circumstances, is upheld. We embrace an approach to professional practice that preserves and echoes this commitment.
There are a number of principles and practices that frame the early childhood education profession in Australia. We ensure these principles underpin our work with and alongside children, families, and our fellow educators.
So, we have chosen a curriculum structure that values inquiry and ensures that we are deeply engaged with research and child development theories. We also look to national and international examples of best practice to further inform our teaching and learning strategies. We’re really proud and celebrate our ability to further the understanding we have of children, childhood and professional practice.
This isn’t just a page on our website. It’s a company-wide philosophy that informs how our early childhood educators approach each day.
We’re here to create an engaging and innovative learning context that upholds its legal, moral, ethical, social and professional obligations to ensure that each child who joins the Mother Duck family will thrive.