Our Vision / Mission
What is special about Campus Kindy?
The strong community culture fostered at Campus Kindergarten is built upon five values:
We acknowledge that all members of our community including children, families and teachers have rights and all interactions should include respect. Trust underpins all positive relationships and is an integral part of the relationships that are fostered at Campus Kindergarten. The notion of compassion is an enabling word that helps us understand, show empathy and transform. All of these values working together provide a rich environment for nurturing strong relationships and friendships, which are the cornerstone of quality early childhood education.
This document was originally developed in 1998 by David Gow, Chair of the Board. Sincerest thanks to David for his commitment and diligence in developing this essential framework that supports the professional operation of the Board of Management.
Our Mission Statement
Campus Kindergarten is a vibrant learning community where families, staff and The University of Queensland work together to create a rich environment that supports the development of, and adds to, each individual’s life compass.
The strong community culture fostered at Campus Kindergarten is built upon the following concepts and actions that reflect these concepts:
- rights and responsibility
A shared understanding of these concepts enables members of the campus Kindergarten community to nurture strong relationships and friendships, which are the cornerstone of quality early childhood education and care. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in all aspects of the life of the centre, making their association with Campus Kindergarten enjoyable and enriching.
At Campus Kindergarten we aim to:
- Build and foster a sense of community that is inclusive and welcoming and respectful of the values, beliefs and practices of all cultures and backgrounds
- Empower and include all individuals
- Focus on developing the whole person
- Create a safe, nurturing, challenging, stimulating, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing environment
- Adopt teaching and learning and professional development practices that reflect the principles of a Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and care
The Reggio Emilia principles are:
- a pedagogy of relationships enabled by a pedagogy of listening;
- the image of the child's potentials and rights;
- pedagogical documentation;
- communication and collaboration - both within and between groups of children, parents, and teachers;
- the importance of a continuing dialogue with the community;
- the physical environment as 'an educator' in its own right;
- the Hundred Languages for children;
- the child and teacher as researchers; and
A curriculum that uses projects as a vehicle for children and teachers to construct knowledge and understanding through small-group collaboration.