Our Philosophy

"The philosophy is the 'why' behind your work with children, their families and each other. It is the combination of your beliefs, values and hopes for the educational program that you provide and its outcomes."

Early Childhood Australia, Revising the service philosophy, 2012

In relation to our children 

We believe that children are viewed as successful, competent and capable learners who are given opportunities to construct their own understanding, contribute to the learning of others and participate in decisions that affect them. We believe that playing should be each child’s main activity during their early childhood life, thus we work hard to provide a play- based environment with lots of stimulating resources and educators’ scaffolding. Our children are consistently supported to build their social skills and independence from the day they enter Butterflies. They are encouraged to interact with love, confidence, resilience, adaptability, compassion, integrity, responsibility and respect.

 

Our educators aim to role model each child’s life skills to be respectful and inclusive within our community and society. We believe each child comes from a unique cultural background with their own personality and values. We acknowledge their effort of trying, their “big feelings” by allowing them to make mistakes and to guide them to achieve a positive attitude to life. We hear their voices and follow their leads with reasonable boundaries when planning their learning experiences, extra curriculum activities, incursions and excursions.

In relation to our families-Equity, inclusion and diversity are embedded in practice

Children are given every opportunity to succeed and their diverse circumstances, cultural backgrounds and abilities are respected and valued. Here at Butterflies, we strongly believe that partnership with families and trusting relationships are important to keep our children’s development consistent and to thrive better each day. Without their primary teacher in daily life, it is challenging to support our children’s learning. Therefore, we always hear the voices of our families and take their feedback with respect and understanding. Our families are feeling the instant connection to our built environment and our warm and passionate educators, both of which provide our children with a home away from home that is safe, stimulating, and inclusive. Being a boutique service also allows us to build a trusting relationship with our families with timely communication, therefore being able to respond to their requests more effectively. All together, we’re proud to see the friendships that have grown among children and families. We aim for every child and family to leave with a memorable childhood journey from Butterflies.

In relation to our educators

The Management and all educators at Butterflies are dedicated to quality outcomes for children. We are professional, committed to lifelong learning, skilled and knowledgeable, reflective and collaborative. We are approachable and aim to create a nurturing, inclusive and creative/critical-thinking learning experience for our children and their families. We believe that the rights and best interests of the child underpin all our practices. Safety, health and wellbeing of all children in our care is paramount. Each child should be respected without discrimination or bias, and has a voice to be heard and actioned.

In relation to community

We work in partnership with our community by organising incursions and excursions regularly throughout the year. Children learn by participating, experiencing adventure, and by establishing a collaborative partnership in the community, this will help our young generation to understand the world and build a sense of ownership and autonomy as young citizens. We work closely with professionals to assist children who have high needs, and help our families to understand how to support their child to become a lifelong learner.

In relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

At Butterflies, we acknowledge the Cammeraygal people with whom we share the land past, present and future and will continue working with the children to build respect and value our Aboriginal community. We believe that it is important to teach children history and being curious about diverse culture and heritage. Being critical when reflecting our practices and being respectful among colleagues is also vital learning for our young Australian citizens in how to respect and value the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In relation to the Environment

 

 

As an Educational Provider we take our environmental responsibility to heart and have embedded ongoing sustainable practices as part of our mission to earth. We recognise the need to educate and include children in sustainable practices to help protect the environment today and for the future. We believe that our small day to day sustainable practices will eventually contribute to the world as children will learn and pass the green message to their families and society and hopefully this message will carry forward from one generation to the next.

 

In 2024 We'd like to make Butterflies better by:

 

 

 

 

 

Renew our facility (3.1.2)

Promote Healthy Social Emotional Skills systematically (5.2.2)

Increasing community involvement to create connections among educators, families, and children (6.2.3)

More recommended resources for families (6.1.3) More take-home project (example of 6.2.3)

Create an Art Display/Creation Area to express creativity, feelings, and ideas More Fun and Less Limitations (example of 5.2.2)

Promote more sense of responsibility and kindness (5.2.1)

Discover more strengths and acknowledge them among our children (5.1.1)