Philosophy of Care

Our philosophy of care is unique to Foundation Early Learning. It is based on the guiding principles of Emmi Pikler and the Circle of Security®.

Emmi was a renowned pediatrician who believed children progress at different ages and stages and need patient caregivers who support their self-paced development.

We follow this philosophy and offer babies and young children uninterrupted time for play, plenty of physical freedom, a calm and relaxed environment, cooperative relationships, and our full attention, especially in the care giving activity times.

We are also trained in Circle of Security®, a relationship-based program designed to enhance attachment security between children and their parents or caregivers.

Decades of university-based research has confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.

Supporting a developing child is a collaboration. We encourage parents to actively participate in the education and care of their children at our childcare centre. Parents are welcome to share special occasions with their child, spend time participating in the room, read a book to the class, play an instrument, share a creative skill or just join in; we value families’ input and feedback and encourage regular check-ins with centre educators.

We offer the following rooms for children: Nursery, Toddler 1 (12m-2yrs), Toddler 2 (2-3yrs), Junior Kindy (2.5yr-3yr), Pre Kindy (3-4yrs) and Kindy (4-5yrs).

All of the rooms at Foundation Early Learning Coorparoo open onto a beautiful wide verandah and so into the garden. We use the shaded outdoor space everyday for indoor-outdoor play and find it a valuable, breezy space for all the ages to play on and play together.

Nursery (6 weeks - 18 months)

Nurturing responsive relationships are our primary focus for our nursery children. Educators take time to get to know your child so that their individual routines are reflected in the daily program and all children have a strong sense of wellbeing and belonging.

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Toddler 1 (12 Months - 2 years)

A tiny toddler’s keen sense of discovering the world around them is supported through the creation of environments that ignite their curiosities. Play is central to their learning as the primary way they interact with their environment.

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Toddler II (2 - 3 years)

A burst in language development and the opportunity to learn about turn taking and socialising is the main influence in the educational program for our toddlers.

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Junior Kindy (2.5 - 3 years)

An emergent curriculum based on children’s interests, engages the three-year old’s curiosity and sense of adventure.

Pre Kindy (3 - 4 years)

The three-four year old loves to test their limitations; they want to show their helpfulness and empathy and educators support children’s motivations to persist with challenges.

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Kindy (4 - 5 years, Pre School Program)

Teachers support children’s keen approach to learning by offering an educational program that is challenging, insightful, consultative and reflects each individual in the classroom.

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Outdoor Play

Our nursery room opens onto an outdoor area designed for that age group and all the other rooms open onto our fantastic rooftop space, designed by awarded landscape professionals, beautifully planted, spacious and full of natural wood.

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