Relationship is key to all the 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)

The practices at Hamilton Child Care Centre are influenced by many voices, ideas and theories and our philosophy underpins everything we do. Our interactions, decisions, culture, planning and how all these parts of the whole are implemented daily. This is a living document owned by all within our centre and local community and is therefore reviewed each year to ensure it represents all stakeholders’ voices.

Philosophy Tree

Nature Play

Children are encouraged engage with the natural world and learn from their environment.


A core value of our centre is enjoying and protecting our environment.

Family Grouping

Allows younger and older children to share in their learning and spend their days together.


We provide opportunities for engagement through play with peers, educators, and the environment.

Art Studio

Allows children to represent their thinking through various mediums and forms of expression.


Relationship is key to all these components of our program as we work alongside and with the children.