​"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

Stringybark Child Care Service incorporates a model of family grouping allowing all age groups and siblings to be together. We believe that children derive positive learning and mentoring opportunities from working and playing with different age groups.

As a dedicated team, we will work in collaborative ways to share our knowledge and expertise. We understand the importance of reflective practice to inform decisions and lead to more detailed understandings of our work with children. We will play and work with children to discover ideas, provide opportunities for learning and engage in active research alongside them. We acknowledge that learning is life-long and we are committed to on-going professional development.

Our Vision Creating confident children in a learning community We acknowledge the work of the educators in Reggio Emilia and incorporate the National Quality Standards (COAG 2012) and the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR 2009) into our daily practices.

Stringybark Goals

The Centre provides educationally appropriate and stimulating programs to assist in the development of the whole child, their physical, social, emotional, cognitive, creative and moral growth. Indoor and Outdoor experiences are provided in small and large group situations. These experiences cater for each child's individual development and reflect current interests of the group or an individual child. We recognize the value of play on development. Research has found that children attain higher levels of achievement through engaging in play.

"Children's early learning influences their life chances" (Early Years Learning Framework, 2009)

Our educational play-based programs assist each child to build and develop at their own individual rate with guidance and support by all educators:

  • confidence, curiosity and imagination 

  • independence and self-esteem

  • respect for themselves and others

  • friendly and caring behaviour

  • their full potential both emotionally and physically

  • foster and reinforce self control

  • an understanding and appreciation of the rights and feelings of other people