Meet the family!
Get to know our family and how Child’s Play Early Learning began!
A family owned and operated business…
The idea Child’s Play Early Learning was first conceived when the Palushi family began expanding, and wanted to find a childcare centre that would take care of their new additions in a most nurturing and caring environment. It was during this time that they decided to create the ideal centre they were looking for themselves!
At the head of the family are Tina; a former nurse and accountant turned businesswoman, and Zekri; a General Practitioner. Together with their children and grandchildren, they developed centres to give little ones a wholesome and healthy upbringing. From the carefully selected team of caring educators, the local produce in freshly cooked meals each day, down to the outdoor space with chickens, vegetable garden and cognitive play - no stone was left unturned in developing centres they are proud to call their own.
Child’s Play Early Learning is Reggio Emilia influenced centre which is shaped by the Australian Early Years Learning Framework.
What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy based on the image of the child, and of human beings. The core of the philosophy stems from the innate curiosity of children and helps them discover the world around them, and their role in it.
Using a self-guided curriculum, children are encouraged to express themselves in different ways and to explore, question and interpret the world around them with the ongoing guidance of educators and inclusion of families.
The role of the educator
The role of the educator is to offer the children opportunities to learn and make meaning of the world around them through co-constructing relationships with peers, adults and their environment. Educators strive to create an environment in which children feel safe, secure and engaging; an environment that stimulates each child’s sense of curiosity, inquisitiveness and investigation.
We welcome families into our Reggio inspired educational contexts and encourage their participation in their children’s learning journey. Through working in partnership with families and ongoing sharing of ideas and skills we aim to create a supportive learning environment focussing on the child and their development of meaningful relationships.
Educators document the children’s learning journey in a purposeful and meaningful way. Documentation includes diagrams, notes, conversations, photographs, videos and scribing. Educators use documentation to challenge and extend children’s thinking, for reflection, to connect with families and to further plan ways to engage and support the children’s learning and development. Documentation is respectful of the children and provides opportunities for educators to critically reflect on pedagogy and ensure every child is valued and can reach their full potential.