Service Philosophy

Ferntree Gully Children’s Centre is family owned and operated, located at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, formed on the lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.

Our team at Ferntree Gully Children’s Centre are passionate about embedding meaningful connections to our community to ensure that every person has a sense of belonging to our service.  Our educators will foster children’s development by providing a stimulating and engaging curriculum based on children’s interests, family input and educator observations.

“I am passionate about my role as an educator in creating the foundation of a genuine love of learning that will continue to be built upon through their learning journey”

(Educator voice)

We believe that quality interactions and secure attachments are fundamental elements in providing a safe and secure environment for children to reach their full potential.

“I think it’s wonderful that the same teachers are present in the morning to greet my child, it makes the transition so much smoother, and I feel confident that my child will have a great day”

(Parent voice)

Educators believe in scaffolding children’s learning, which allows children to feel empowered and a sense of control in their learning journey.

“I believe educators role is to involve children in all aspects of the curriculum – from planning to setting up experiences and reflecting”

(Educator voice)

We believe in the recognition of the uniqueness of everyone and the need for the children to develop an understand and respect for self and others and the environment they live in. Our educators endeavour to educate our children to embed sustainable practices into everyday experiences to create a positive impact on their environment.

“Since my son was involved in growing the vegetables at childcare, and now has his own veggie patch he eats a bigger selection of veggies at home – thanks girls!”   

(Parent voice)

Our high-quality educational play-based curriculum reflects the interests and needs of each individual child, ensuring that their voice is equally represented and respected.

“My child has thrived since started at the centre and talks about all the wonderful learning that occurs there, especially the robotics program and the weekly library”  

(Parent voice)

We acknowledge the importance of children, families and educators as partners in a learning community that promotes the wellbeing, education, and development of all children.

All educators advocate and embed the child safe standards to create and maintain a child safe organisation where children are safe and feel safe.

We acknowledge, incorporate, value and embrace the culture and diversity of people within our community and the world around us.

“I believe in celebrating, embracing and embedding cultural traditions and events into our curriculum”

(Educator voice)

We recognise and value the knowledge and commitment of the educators and fully support their continuing professional development.

“We have a wonderful team of educators who are respectful, supportive and work together to highlight our strengths and passions”

(Educator voice)

Ferntree Gully Children’s Centre is committed in continuing to strive for high quality practices by embedding ongoing reflection and continuous improvement. We believe that our centre’s philosophy will change and develop as new insights are gained and practice evolves.