Modelled on the successful and innovative programs at Williams House Kindergarten, Butterfield House Kindergarten + Care offers these same opportunities to Armstrong Creek and Surf Coast families.
Day care includes full and half day options for 3 to 5 year olds.
The core of our approach to early learning is this:
- valuing personal connections.
- valuing wonder.
- valuing personal discovery.
All of these aspects are approached through a context of community and play, beautiful and thoughtfully presented environments, and generous access to outdoor spaces, including a bush kinder model. With thoughtful planning we have been able to create a centre that has the highest standards of physical spaces, including easy ‘indoor/outdoor’ access, ample natural light, a heavy emphasis on the use of natural materials, and the development of impressive gardens and outdoor discovery areas.
Staff who are passionate, qualified and experienced and genuinely care about our ideals, complete the picture of a quality early childhood experience on the Surf Coast.
Commencing in 2015, Christian College Geelong was one of the first organisations to initiate ‘Bush Kinder’ in our region. Over this time, we have provided access to spaces that allow regular opportunities for children to participate in a Bush Kinder experience. From the initial pilot project, Bush Kinder has flourished and become a much-valued part of both Williams House and Butterfield House Kindergartens.
Through this program we connect children, their families and other professionals in the field, to the brilliance of regular, unstructured time in nature.
In essence, our commitment to authentic nature pedagogy includes the following:
- We acknowledge the role of professional expertise in understanding and connecting children to nature.
- We understand the importance of immersing children in authentic experiences that include sensory, visual and aural opportunities in nature.
- We provide for intentional teaching moments, sharing of knowledge and increased confidence in understanding our planet.
- We do not treat nature with tokenism; we consider it in all aspects of our programs; inside, outside and beyond.
Time in nature, put simply, gifts us with so much including a sense of wellbeing and is a proven contributor to fine and large motor development. It enables us to get to know planet earth, to love it and ultimately to do what we can to protect it.
If you would like to know more, please contact Butterfield House or Williams House. We are excited to share from our knowledge and our experience.
Butterfield House Kindergarten was rated 'Exceeding in ALL Quality Standards' by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority.
Butterfield House Kindergarten acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.