At JMK we aim to create a safe, secure and supportive environment that allows our children to explore and learn. Our philosophy is underpinned by the active involvement of families in our program – it is this generous community spirit that makes JMK unique.
Our play-based curriculum is based on ideas and experiences initiated by children and their families and reflects each child’s individual developmental levels and needs.
We believe that periods of active play promote higher levels of learning and allow children to develop the many skills and dispositions they require for success in later life, such as enquiry, creativity, empathy, cooperation and versatility.
Our experienced and dedicated Early Childhood Educators work professionally in a caring and friendly manner. They embrace the adventure, energy and joy of childhood and create learning experiences to challenge curious minds.
In line with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, our Educators observe children at play and use observed cues to plan experiences so that children can:
develop a strong sense of identity and agency,
become connected with and contribute to their world,
develop a strong sense of wellbeing,
become confident and involved learners,
become effective communicators.
Our program fosters children’s understanding of and respect for the natural environment, and their role in promoting and contributing to a happy, healthy, sustainable future for all.
Our kindergarten’s physical environment, educational program and enrolment policies acknowledge and respect cultural awareness, equality and inclusion of all people. We believe that each family has the right to feel welcomed, valued and accepted within all aspects of our program.
We value the 50 year heritage of John Mackenzie Kindergarten and Toorak Uniting Church and actively collaborate with groups within the church community.
We also acknowledge the Boon Wurrung and the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land and respectfully share their stories and traditions with our children.