Great attention is given to the
look and feel of our classrooms - it is often referred to as
the "third teacher". Aesthetic beauty is seen to us
as an important part of respecting our children and their learning
environment. Green Beginnings Child Centre strongly believes
in the power of nature to inspire and teach children. We have
made sure children at Green Beginnings are surrounded and immersed
in earthy, homely influences, filled with beauty, varying in
textures, shapes, spaces and levels. Children will be encouraged
to explore, investigate, ponder, create, imagine, and wonder
as they smell, touch, listen to, and taste everything that is
real in the world around them.
Children will have access to mini art studios (arteliers) that
will house clay, non-toxic paints, as well as natural materials
such as shells, seeds, bark, and leaves as well as recycled
materials like spools and tubes. There is a kitchen demonstration
area for daily cooking experiences, worm farms, organic vegetable
gardens, a wooden climbing wall, dry rock quarry, bamboo huts,
large sandpit with water pump, cobbled bike paths, and quiet
leafy areas to sit with a book, puppet or friend - all surrounded
by a natural turf playground.
Green Beginnings Child Centre and Kindy sees the years prior
to school as a critical period of the child’s life for
establishing the basis of their future learning and development.
We want children to “love learning”. We will draw
our pedagogical practises from The National Early Years Learning
Framework and The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.
We will also be inspired by theories and philosophies from the
educational minds of experts in the early childhood field such
as Maria Montessori, Vygotsky, Howard Gardner and his 8 Multiple
Intelligences, Jerome Bruner, and more significantly Reggio
Green Beginnings will provide children with opportunities for
rich learning and relationship building through play and in-depth
curriculum investigations. Children will be seen as enormously
creative, and capable of complex learning through self-directed
play. Children and teachers will construct the centre's curriculum
together, based on observations and discussions with children
about their curiosities of the world.
Educators at Green Beginnings Child Centre will be skilled,
qualified and experienced in delivering a high quality program
for your children. We will have at least two university trained
teachers on board every day, in collaboration with other relevantly
trained support team members to ensure your children are receiving
the best possible learning and care. The educators and teachers
at Green Beginnings will be seen as partners, nurturers and
guides in your child’s learning and understandings. Green
Beginnings staff will recognise and value children as individuals,
and as members within families, cultures and communities –
all which will bring diverse life experiences.
Green Beginnings teachers will be committed to sharing children’s
learning with parents and the community. We believe a team approach
in our care giving and teaching promotes the best outcomes for
children’s learning, and we will strive for collaboration
and open communication with children, families, Early Childhood
support professionals, and the wider community.
Green Beginnings has been built with our environment in mind.
Our classrooms are built from natural materials using non-toxic
finishes. The design and construction of Green Beginnings utilises
natural light and ventilation, ensuring it is naturally comfortable
in all weather conditions. (Air conditioning will be installed
to ensure our little people are comfortable in those really
hotter days we experience on the Sunshine Coast). Rainwater
harvesting as well as the installation of solar panels, will
ensure a reduction in environmental costs – both now and
in the future.
Reconnecting children with the natural world hopefully creates
a future generation that values and preserves nature. We hope
you come along and join us.