Our Philosophy

Our kindergarten has a long established, outstanding reputation for providing the highest quality early childhood education.

Our core values and beliefs guide our professional practice, along with our commitment to developing strong community ties and a kindergarten environment that warms, welcomes and creates a sense of wonder for all within.

Our values and beliefs within our philosophy
encompass the following:
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Play based experiences are the underlying pedagogy that best support children’s ongoing learning and development.

Social and cultural contexts contribute to children’s growing identity and positive relationships with others.

Children’s positive self-identity develops and success in learning occurs, when they have a sense of belonging along with secure, responsive relationships.

Active engagement and child centred learning through meaningful inquiries, shape experiences within the curriculum.

Experiences that facilitate creative thinking, problem solving and challenge deepen children’s learning.


Families and the broader community have an active role in the curriculum and these partnerships are valued and supported.

Ongoing collaboration between educators, families and the community strengthen relationships, creating opportunities for active participation within our kindergarten.

Equity and diversity and inclusivity for all, as our kindergarten recognises and celebrates similarities and difference.

Our early childhood environment supports equal participation and positive recognition for all.

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Bee hotel made of wood


Our kindergarten is a sustainable living and learning community.

We actively protect the natural environment through consistent sustainable practices that are taught within our curriculum.

Sustainable practices include: litter free lunch boxes, worm farming, composting, recycling and energy conservation.

Reflective Practice

Early childhood educators continually engage in reflective practice, seeking to develop professional knowledge and skills.

Ongoing reflection and learning enriches the educators and the early childhood community’s practices.

Children are involved in reflective practices that support their learning, communication and relationships with others.

Questioning, examining and looking at differing perspectives will reinforce practice that promotes best outcomes for children and families.

Boy doing craft at a table

Mermaid Waters Community Kindergarten is committed to inspiring curiosity, a love for learning and a strong sense of self in every child.

Through the involvement of educators, families and the community, our early childhood education provides the foundation for every child to develop a lifelong understanding of the magic of education, relationships and community.