Our Philosophy




Perry St Community, which includes educators, children and their parents, is committed to the provision of high quality, community-based early childhood education and care that acknowledges the uniqueness of each child and their family. We believe that healthy development of the whole child requires a strong sense of Being, Belonging and Becoming and at Perry St we strive to provide an environment conducive to this


Perry St is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and acts to protect all children from harm.

At Perry St, we believe that nature is a powerful teacher.  The learning environment is rich with natural resources, and educators weave into their learning programs notions of sustainability and connectedness to the natural world.  Perry St. places great value on instilling in children the preciousness of their natural world, and the impact of their interactions with it. Children are encouraged to explore and make use of ‘home grown’ resources, ensuring that our environment is part of, and not just the subject of, learning

Our kitchen and food program is an important part of Perry St.  Children are involved in all aspects of the program – planning, harvesting, and preparing food together.  The kitchen becomes a learning space for exploring sustainability, health and nutrition and diversity and cross cultural understanding.

At Perry Street, we draw from multiple theories of learning and development to meet the needs of all children.  We use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework to guide policy, practice and curriculum.

Perry St recognises and embraces the diversity within our community and provides an inclusive environment. We acknowledge that diversity reaches beyond culture to include different ways of learning and pathways of developing.

 Perry St. acknowledges the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land.   We provide a learning environment and program that recognises and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as enduring, living cultures.

 Perry St acknowledges parents as the primary caregivers and most influential educators in their children’s lives. Partnerships between families and educators are critical in the overall education and development of each child. A reciprocal relationship based on a genuine respect of each person’s knowledge of the child is integral to the development and well-being of all children.

Perry St recognises that the early years are a period of enormous growth and development and educators establish relationships with children that are happy, healthy and safe with a sense of connectedness to one another.  Through these relationships children will feel confidence to explore and learn.

Perry St values early childhood educators as professionals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in early childhood education and care and the National Quality Frameworks. Early Childhood Educators have mutual respect and understanding of the many histories, cultures and approaches to teaching and working that each staff member brings with them to Perry St. Educators at Perry St implement reflective practices as a basis for continual improvement in all areas of their teaching and working as a professional.