Gamumbi Early Childhood Education Centre

Our Philosophy

Gamumbi was once beautiful forest country and home to the Gumbaynggirr people of this region. We recognise their long history of this land and the care they gave to this land for thousands of years. We acknowledge these traditional custodians and pay our respects to Elders both past, present and future. We must remember that under the bricks and mortar this land was, is and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.

The painting depicts the journeys of children from their Families to Gamumbi. The pattern that divides the piece from top to bottom is the Boambee Creek. This, plus the earthy yellow and pink of the local clays gives a sense of place.

Our service Philosophy is currently under review and we welcome the input of our families and community in this process

Culture

At Gamumbi Early Childhood Education Centre Inc. we acknowledge the traditional owners of our land, the Gumbaynggirr people and the knowledge and traditions they bring to our community. We encourage the inclusion of Gumbaynggirr and other communities into our service and appreciate the wealth they bring to our curriculum.

Children’s Learning/Behaviour

At Gamumbi we respect a child’s right to play and to be a child. We believe children learn skills for lifelong learning through play and the spontaneous and intentional teaching opportunities it provides. Through play, educators have the opportunity to foster children’s leaning and skill development in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework principles, practices and outcomes. The EYLF and children’s interests are the core of our curriculum and are used as the basis of our planning.

At Gamumbi we believe the early years is an important time to support children to become socially responsible. We encourage children to become empathetic and understanding, respecting the rights of others. We support children to regulate their own behaviour and to develop intrinsic motivation to behave appropriately. We support children to focus on their effort, commitment and process of learning within their work, rather than the instant gratification of the finished product. We provide children with developmentally appropriate risks and challenges within their play, environment and routines to encourage them to become responsible, capable and self-assured.

Families/community

Educators work in collaborative partnerships with families and the local community to ensure we provide a quality service that is respectful and fosters positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Educators will use their professional knowledge and experience to advocate for children and share this knowledge with families and the community. We will encourage families to become part of our resource and support network and in turn share their own knowledge, experience and professional skills within our curriculum. As a community based service it is our responsibility to balance the needs of the children, families and community, with the responsible management of funds and service provision.

Educators

Gamumbi believes in the importance of relationships between children and adults in the early years and strives to provide a consistency of educators to support this. Our educator’s role is to support children to develop a sense of belonging to Gamumbi and their community as a foundation for future learning possibilities. Educators employed are passionate about Early Childhood Education and take opportunities to continue their professional development and knowledge of current best practice. Our educators have a wealth and diverse knowledge and experience and use their skills and interests to enhance the curriculum.

Environment/sustainability

Our environment provides learning opportunities for children through the engagement of natural and open ended resources in permanent learning spaces. Where possible, materials used will be sourced from recycled and sustainable suppliers. We recognise the impact the environment has on children’s behaviour and learning and therefore provide home like, aesthetic spaces to develop a child’s sense of belonging and calm.

Gamumbi acknowledges the health and learning benefits for children’s connection with nature and therefore provide an environment where children can explore the seasonal changes and the elements that occur in our outdoor environment. We encourage the exploration of our local flora and fauna, both within our environment and beyond. We believe in helping children develop life-long sustainable practices and believe through immersion in nature and meaningful conversations they develop a love and respect for the world they live in.

Routines

We recognise the early years are a time to master many new skills and routines and we support children to become independent at these through respectful interactions and guidance. At Gamumbi we provide a menu of home cooked meals to meet the children’s dietary requirements and we strive to use local and seasonal produce and whole foods where available. We encourage input into our menu to reflect the diversity of the cultures and families within our community. Children live in an increasingly busy society and we recognise the importance of providing children with the opportunity to rest and relax throughout the day, respecting each child’s individual needs.