Philosophy, Parent Handbook & Policies

Brenbeal Philosophy

We are a 70 place long day education and care service with an integrated kindergarten program. We are managed by a committee of parents and operate as a not for profit organisation.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional custodians of the land we learn and work on today. We extend our respect to Elders past, present and future and extend that respect to all the diverse cultures whose heritage enriches our community today.

Our safe, secure learning environments are based on an indoor/outdoor program with specialist classes in music and physical education available. We have been endorsed by the Victorian Government’s Healthy Together program, including Sunsmart practices and a seasonal menu with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Brenbeal’s approach to Early Childhood education is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework, the National Quality Standards, Code of Ethics and contemporary early childhood theorists. Our vision is to provide children with the opportunities for learning in all areas of development, to foster a love of learning and to achieve their full potential. Brenbeal strives to support children in the ways they connect with the natural environment to promote sustainable practices and broaden their understanding of the world and their place in it.

We understand that nurturing, trusting relationships are crucial to children’s development and we actively support children’s emerging and ongoing friendships both with educators and other children alike.

High quality learning is crafted with care by our educators to teach problem solving, reflective thinking and to explore diverse ways of becoming, being and belonging. We recognise the importance of the outdoor teacher and children’s own learning styles and stages of development, as we view children as active participants in their own education. Children’s learning is made visible through reflective journals, individual and group observations and twice yearly assessments.

Rich learning experiences are provided in areas of language and literature, visual arts, music and movement, dramatic and imaginative play, positive mental health, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This is balanced with the children’s right to childhood and having the time to just ‘be’.

At Brenbeal the children, families and educators work in partnerships as a learning community. Unique family values and culture are respected to provide everyone with a sense of belonging. We support families in their parenting and thread the wider community together through connections with other local families, specialist services and transitioning to other schools.

For a copy of the Centre Policies or Handbook, please contact the manager.