about Us

Wingate Avenue Children's Co-operative is built upon the Traditional Lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation. The Wingate team would like to acknowledge their continued connection to the lands and waters and thank them for caring for country for thousands of generations. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise that Aboriginal Sovereignty was never ceded.

Always Was, Always Will Be, Aboriginal Land.

 

Wingate Avenue Children’s Co-Operative first opened its doors in 1975 and has been providing education and care to children within the local community ever since. The service shares its location with the Wingate Avenue Community Centre and is currently undertaking building renovations which will be finished in early 2022, with new, purpose-built environments that have been architecturally designed to optimise children's learning and development. 

Wingate Avenue is a 62 place, not-for-profit Long Daycare Service, providing early education for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years.

We provide Government Funded 3-year-old and 4-year-old Kindergarten programs.

Our commitment is to provide the best possible education and learning environment for every child in our care. As partners in your child’s growth and learning our collaborative relationships with families ensure that together, we can achieve the best quality outcomes for your child.

We understand that children learn from birth and that all learning and development at each stage of life forms the foundation for the next. With this knowledge, our qualified educators deliver a child-centred educational program designed to meet the unique needs of every child. This ensures that along with the benefits of a holistic approach, our teachers create a dynamic and engaging environment that optimises learning throughout the day.

 

our philosophy

At Wingate Avenue Children’s Cooperative, our Philosophy has been developed to be inclusive of families, children, educators and the wider community, bringing aspects of diversity and inclusion whilst allowing children a safe and inviting space where they can explore, experiment, take appropriate risks and make choices about their day.

 

Our philosophy is built on developing the whole child and nurturing their strong sense of identity. Our dedicated and passionate team supports each child’s development by providing a curriculum that caters to all children’s interests while building on their love of learning.

 

Our strong ties to the local community allow us to provide a rich and diverse curriculum that is guided by mutual respect between families and educators, celebrating differences and sharing knowledge.

A full version of our centre Philosophy can be found in our Family Handbook and displayed throughout the centre.

Partnerships with Families

  • We believe by working in partnership with families, educators can enhance a child’s learning and wellbeing through shared communication and goal setting. When respectful and caring relationships between educators, children and families are created, relevant and unique curriculum and experiences can be implemented.

  • We believe a strong, open and honest relationship between our service and our families provides the optimum environment for belonging, being and becoming. Families shape children’s lives through the events and experiences they share. Our service guides children to explore and better understand these experiences when they are shared with us.

  • Cultural and social diversity is celebrated and embedded into our broad and child-centred curriculum every day. Music, food, resources and special events are some of the ways we celebrate and embrace cultural diversity each and every day.

 

Learning and Teaching

  • We believe in a holistic approach to learning where every child’s physical, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative, cognitive and linguistic aspects are interrelated.

  • Children are active learners, and with the guidance of our Early Childhood Educators, they explore, at their own pace, new ideas and concepts.

  • Children learn from each other, caregivers, resources and the environment, therefore our interactions play an integral role in shaping and expanding learning experiences.

  • Children see things in different ways and are challenged most when they engaged in open-ended learning experiences. Our environment is full of rich and diverse materials to stimulate and challenge a Child’s way of thinking, promoting our strong belief that children learn best through hands-on play experiences.

  • We believe that transitions from one environment to another, while sometimes challenging, provide invaluable learning and teaching opportunities. Different places and spaces have their own purposes, expectations and ways of doing things.

  • Children feel secure, confident and connected when families and our service work together to build on children’s prior knowledge for a successful transition.

  • Our Early Childhood Educators support families and children with all transitions from the babies’ room through to the commencement of Primary School. Our personalised transitions include the transfer of holistic knowledge, ensuring a smoother transition for each child.

our values and actions