Welcome to Hamilton Child Care Centre
“We acknowledge the Awabakal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, work and play. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and honour the role they have in teaching and nurturing children on this land. We acknowledge with gratitude that we share this land today, and our sorrow for the cost of that sharing. We declare our ongoing commitment to Reconciliation.”
Why Hamilton Child Care Centre?
The centre provides a rich learning environment full of possibilities for learning through play. Our centre is unique not only for its striking environments, but our model of mixed-age, or family grouping where younger and older children are part of the learning community, spending large parts of their days together. It allows for a home-like environment and provides children with a sense of belonging as our spaces here reflect the familiar environments of home.
We provide opportunities for engagement through play with peers, educators, and the environment. Most importantly, each child’s learning and knowledge grows and evolves through these relationships and uninterrupted timeframes throughout the day.
Relationship is key to all these components of our program as we work alongside and with the children viewing ourselves as researchers and learners with them. Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the schools on Reggio Emilia said, “Teachers – like children and everyone else – feel the need to grow in their competencies… education without research is education without interest.” (1994:7)