Centre Philosophy

Whippersnappers staff see children as competent, capable and confident learners who communicate their ideas both verbally and non-verbally. As teachers we are responsible for treating each child with respect and dignity. Staff acknowledge each child as an individual and take time to recognise and respond to their cues.

We aim to empower and foster each child’s independence and social competence.

Children’s play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognised. Children are encouraged to develop strategies for initiating, maintaining and enjoying a relationship with other children and adults. Teachers will promote the skills required for participating in group play situations.

Teachers use positive guidance, role modelling, and appropriate strategies to help foster the childrens skills such as turn taking, empathy and solving conflict situations.

The curriculum will support the children’s emerging ideas and interests. Teachers will extend on these, through promoting a child led curriculum.

We understand the importance of collaborative teacher/parent relationships. We value their knowledge and understanding of their children. Together we will be able to develop programs that result in positive outcomes for the children.

Pikler Approach & RIE Philosophy

Whippersnappers incorporate aspects of the Pikler Approach and RIE Philosophy. We have adapted this philosophy to achieve a balance which is manageable in our centre and have implemented it into our own teaching practices.

Dr Emmi Pikler was a paediatrician working with families in the 1930’s and her theories originated through her work with infants and parents. She advocated for infants to be given our highest respect, focusing on the establishment of authentic trusting relationships between adult and infant. Her peaceful approach urges early childhood teachers to consider infants and toddlers as competent, confident and unique individuals who are focused, self-initiating, involved, resourceful, secure, cooperative and curious. She uses the descriptor ‘peaceful’ because she believes we need to create a safe, quiet environment to slow down, pay attention and allow infants to move and play in their own way.