We reflect the beliefs and values of the broader community by having a strong focus on social justice, equity and inclusion. We believe that families and children deserve to be provided with quality early childhood education and care while recognising the child’s individuality, regardless of their ethnic, religious, cultural, disability or socio economic background.

Shine is characterised by:

  • Respect and relationships
  • A belief that ‘learning can happen anywhere at any time’
  • Socio-cultural approaches to learning and teaching
  • Intense engagement of educators and children
  • Thoughtful, sustained conversation
  • Deeply professional planning, documenting, analysing and
  • Responding to children’s learning.


Shine seeks to:

  • Build a community of learners and consistency of vision, sharing knowledge, aspirations, skills and ideas
  • Live by a philosophy that considers the complexities of contemporary families’ lives
  • Articulate the reasons behind why things are done, or not done in particular ways
  • Create a community in which children’s questions, families’ expectations, and educators’ knowledge all have a respected place


Shine’s Philosophy for the Children’s Program encompasses:

  • Beliefs about children as capable, competent, co-contributors and active participants in their own learning
  • Acknowledgement and value for our own Indigenous heritage and that of the wider community—locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Responsibility for the natural environment and awareness of sustainability
  • Equal opportunities and an inclusive approach
  • A commitment to ongoing professional learning
  • Involvement with contemporary research and investigation of innovative teaching approaches
  • Partnerships with families and connection to the local community.


At Shine, we believe:

  • Every child is a citizen with rights and responsibilities as they grow to develop a strong sense of identity
  • Every child, including those with special needs, are capable and resourceful
  • Every child develops dispositions to learn through their senses, creativity, imagination, persistence, enthusiasm, and curiosity
  • Children strives to make meaningful connections through authentic experiences that reflect their interests
  • Learning is effective when play experiences can be transferred and adapted from one context to another
  • Children learn through play when they can explore and experiment in natural and built environments
  • Every child learns best when her / his physical and emotional needs are met as they develop resilience, inter-dependence and a sense of agency
  • Every child is free to learn in an environment where he/she feels safe, secure and supported
  • Every child constructs knowledge as a result of meaningful and purposeful experiences
  • Children learn respect, empathy and care through social interaction with adults and other children
  • Every child’s interest and ‘need to know’, motivates learning as they grow to become confident and involved learners
  • A positive self-concept is a necessary pre-requisite for healthy development as children increasingly become responsible for their health and wellbeing
  • Every child’s learning reflects a recurring cycle that begins in awareness, moves to exploration, to inquiry and finally to utilisation
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