We value each child as a confident and competent learner. Early childhood educators support children to develop key life skills within a caring and nurturing atmosphere whilst fostering a child’s positive sense of identity and wellbeing. Children who have a strong sense of self develop dispositions for learning and a sense of agency where they are able to make decisions and choices, to influence events and have an impact on their world. Highgate’s curriculum offers a range of learning opportunities that foster each individual child’s interests and strengths as well as promoting resilience, independence, responsibility and respect for others.
The physical environment is designed to be aesthetically pleasing with a focus on sustainability and natural resources. The Highgate community, which includes the children, educators and families, work in collaboration to ensure the physical environment, is safe and suitable for all children.
Highgate promotes responsive, respectful and trusting relationships with children. Children are encouraged to engage in meaningful, open interactions that support collaborative learning opportunities. Using the Guidance Approach, children are supported to manage their own behaviour, respond appropriately to the behaviours of others and resolve conflict.
Highgate values reciprocal relationships with families and the community. Partnerships are based on the foundations of understanding each other’s expectations and attitudes, and building on the strengths of each other’s knowledge. Partnerships involve educators, families and support professionals as well as the broader community in working together to explore opportunities to learn from each other.
Highgate is committed to equity and believes in all children’s capabilities to achieve to their full potential. Educators will continually seek ways to build their professional knowledge and become co-learners with the children and the community.