Our Philsophy

In relation to children, families and community we believe

  • That all children are unique and should be given opportunity to reach their potential

  • That every child has the right to be valued, respected and feel safe

  • That children thrive when the family is central to the child’s learning and development

  • Connected communities create a sense of wellbeing for children and families


Therefore we will

  • Ensure our First Nations Peoples are acknowledged, respected and reflected along with all cultures, families and abilities

  • Develop respectful and nurturing relationships with all children

  • Welcome and partner with families to make decisions about their child’s learning and development

  • We will liaise with our immediate and wider community to improve outcomes for children


In relation to environments we believe

  • The environment should feel welcoming and be inclusive of all the families in the service

  • The environment should provide a range of activities and experiences and foster learning by allowing children to explore, wonder and learn through using natural materials in an open ended manner


Therefore we will

  • Provide stimulating and safe indoor and outdoor environments to capture the interests of all children and promote learning, using as many natural and recycled materials as possible

  • Acknowledge the diversity of all families by provision of inclusive environments and practices

  • Teach children to respect their environments and develop an understanding of sustainable practices


In relation to curriculum we believe

  • Learning should combine the children’s interests and skills in addition to intentional teaching

  • Children learn to want to learn when they are invited to explore, experiment and be adventurous

  • Learning is an individual process that should involve the whole family


Therefore we will

  • Encourage learning dispositions such as creativity, confidence and autonomy and considered risk taking

  • Use a combination of intentional and spontaneous teaching strategies based on the VEYLDF

  • Consult with families and children


In relation to our commitment to children’s safety we believe

  • The safety and wellbeing of all children including Indigenous, those with a disability and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background is our number one priority


Therefore we will

  • Have zero tolerance to child abuse

  • Provide a safe, secure environment where all children feel empowered, happy and supported

  • Ensure that all children are safe and free from harm

8C Newcastle St, Thornbury VIC 3071, Australia

(03) 9484 1095

Thornbury Kindergarten is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. We are a child safe organisation.


Thornbury Kindergarten acknowledges the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the Land which Thornbury Kindergarten is located on and the surrounding environments in which our programs run and the children, their families and staff engage with. 


We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, past, present, future and emerging. Always Was Always Will Be.

©2021 by Thornbury Kindergarten 

Images courtesy of Cybelle Jones Photography