At Minimbah’s Early Childhood Centre, the most important part of our program is the child. Children are at the centre of everything that happens here: the teaching, the activities and the environment.
Minimbah operates a purpose-built Early Childhood Centre (ECC), which caters for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. It is staffed by expert and experienced professionals whose work with children is influenced by the work of educators from Reggio Emilia and the Scandinavian Forest Schools. The ECC program is based on socio-cultural theory, inquiry and play-based learning. Our 4-year-olds attend the centre four days per week, Monday to Thursday. The 3-year-old program is run two days per week, on Thursdays and Fridays. All groups attend between 9am and 3pm.
Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in one’s life. We are passionate about providing children with a safe, nurturing, warm and happy environment in which they can thrive.
Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Woodleigh School is committed to providing a child-safe and child-friendly environment, where children and young people are safe and feel safe to actively participate in decisions that affect their lives.
We promote positive relationships between students and adults and between students and their peers. These relationships are based on trust and respect. Our child-safe policies, strategies and practices are inclusive of the needs of all children and students.
At Woodleigh School, we have no tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm. The School regards its child safety responsibilities with the utmost importance. We take proactive steps to identify and manage any risks of harm to students in our school environments. When child safety concerns are raised or identified, the School treats these seriously and responds promptly and thoroughly.
At Woodleigh School, particular attention is given to the child safety needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, those unable to live at home, children and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and other students experiencing risk or those that are vulnerable students. Inappropriate or harmful behaviour targeting students based on these or other characteristics, such as racism or homophobia, are not tolerated at Woodleigh School and any instances identified will be addressed with appropriate consequences.
Child safety is a shared responsibility. Every person involved with the School has an important role in promoting child safety and wellbeing and promptly raising any issues or concerns about a child’s safety. We regularly review our child-safe practices and seek input from our students, families, Staff, and Volunteers to inform our ongoing strategies.