Amici - Westbourne Early Learning Centre
Westbourne Grammar’s new purpose-built Amici Early Learning Centre offers 7.00am to 6.00pm long day care, five days a week, for children from the age of six weeks up to five years.
Amici provides a safe and exciting environment for children which provokes wonder, creativity and thinking.
Children develop, explore, repeat, refine and extend their learning through play. Through a variety of play situations, thoughtful provocations, teacher-child collaborations, sustained conversations and listening to the child, a powerful learning environment is created.
Each child at Amici is seen as a capable and confident learner who wants to be valued and respected, and is capable of developing meaningful relationships. The reciprocal relationships that develop in Amici create an atmosphere in which everyone’s viewpoints, ideas and opinions are valued, and emphasis is placed on the collaborative learning that occurs between adults and children.
Parents can be confident that their children will be supported to take their first steps in their journey of discovery and learning in the Centre, where the educators are continually being updated with the latest innovative ideas and best quality practices.
The Centre provides a stimulating and engaging curriculum underpinned by the Reggio Emilia approach. This particular philosophy embraces the belief that children, from birth, are curious, capable and equipped to learn and interact with the world around them.
Instead of following a set agenda, the Reggio Emilia approach encourages teachers to let a child’s interests guide the curricula. Educators are trained to recognise such interests and create on-going projects that stimulate a child’s curiosity.
The learning environment in the Amici Centre encompasses both the indoor and outdoor spaces, with children actively encouraged to develop their knowledge of sustainability and their role in protecting the environment. We view the environment as the child’s third teacher and children are encouraged to explore nature, recognise its beauty and its importance to their lives.
Amici recognises and values its partnerships with families in the Centre and in the wider community. As children’s first teachers we actively promote family contributions and feedback in the program, daily experiences and special events.
Our educators take incidental observations, record learning stories and maintain reflective journals to provide a clear and accurate journey of each individual child.
The children at Amici enjoy being part of the wider School body, and feel a sense of ownership and belonging in our Centre.
Further enquiries about the Centre, and the service it provides, can be made by telephoning 03 9731 9484.
“After all we have said about children, we have to discuss more fully the role children assume in the construction of self and knowledge, and the help they get in these matters from adults.
It is obvious in Reggio Emilia schools that between learning and teaching, we honour the first.
It is not that we ostracise teaching, but we declare: stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children can do and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before”.
Loris Malaguzzi, Theorist and Founding Director of Reggio Children
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