We value children at the centre of our programs and practice.
At Gowrie, we believe children are strong and capable citizens. We encourage children to be active participants in their own learning which means at our services, you’ll see our teachers and educators actively engaging children in decision-making. This might be about where they choose to play, what and when they will eat through to how they think the learning environments should be designed.
Children are encouraged to take calculated risks and connect with Country and the natural world. Teachers and educators intentionally engage children in thinking and learning about First Nations perspectives and how these intersect with their emerging understanding of the world. We engage with our local communities outside the walls of a service – whether it be engaging in On Country programs, participating in local events or contributing to community decision making.
We recognise that all children and families have the ability to succeed and we support inclusion for all children and their families.
Our Pedagogy Framework was developed in consultation across our team at Gowrie Victoria and builds on key guiding documents, including the National Quality Framework. It also builds on the great work that teachers and educators have been doing with children for years at Gowrie. It is designed to guide teachers and educators in their pedagogical decision making and provide support and guidance for teachers and educators with different levels of experience and knowledge through a tiered approach. The Framework invites teachers and educators to critically reflect on their practice to build their knowledge, skills and capabilities. Through communities of practice, knowledge is shared across Gowrie and a consistent approach to effective teaching and learning is developed to advance children’s learning outcomes in the context of their communities.
Explore some of our programs at Gowrie Victoria…
Our education programs are innovative and child-led. Guided by our pedagogy framework, our Educators and Teachers have the freedom to design activities and spaces to meet the needs and interests of the children in their services.
Out and About
Our Out and About Program provides a unique opportunity for children to engage with their local community and involves spending long periods of time in Cruickshank Park, Stony Creek, and McNish Reserve. Children also visit the local shops, Williamstown Beach, and other places.
Storytime with Miss Jay
Miss Jay is now a regular at The Harbour’s storytime sessions, which are open to all ages and families — and the children couldn’t be happier. These sessions celebrate Gowrie’s philosophy of inclusion and equity.
Arabic Language Program
In a suburb where more than 60% of residents speak a language other than English at home, the language program is an engaging way for children to share culture through songs, games, cooking and reading.
Indigenous Perspectives Program
The importance of connecting to Country is a key element of our practice and we provide a range of opportunities to foster a caring and respectful connection with the land on which we learn and play.
Teaching children about body safety, respect and consent starts early at Gowrie Victoria. At each of the services, discussions and activities around body boundaries are wide ranging.
The element of risk is a crucial part of play for children in the early years, allowing them to explore and challenge their own limits and capabilities and foster greater confidence, creative thinking and curiosity.