Our Philosophy

NURTURE | EDUCATE | ADVOCATE

At MOCCA we will nurture, educate and advocate for children, families, the early childhood profession and our community.

Children

Children are central to all that we do: their rights, views and opinions are honoured through our curriculums, pedagogy, practices and daily operations. We nurture them through relationship-based pedagogy and educate them through carefully and thoughtfully designed learning environments, routines and transitions, planned and spontaneous learning experiences, and respectful interactions. We advocate for all children at MOCCA and beyond by helping their voices to be heard, and through collective advocacy and activism in relation to issues of social justice and equity.

Families

Families are our partners and together we support children’s learning, development and wellbeing through a shared vision and goals. We value families as their child’s first teachers and will use our professional learning and judgement to support their values within the context of a shared learning community that reflects the over-arching philosophy of MOCCA. We will nurture families as we support them through the complexity of parenting, we will provide avenues for shared learning and we will advocate for a fair and just society which is considerate of families.

Early Childhood Profession

High expectations are rightly held of our early childhood educators as the profession they have chosen is integral to amplifying the learning, development and wellbeing of children. Our relationships with children and families will ensure that the vision of the Early Years Learning Framework is upheld, that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success for life” (DEEWR, 2009, p.7). We will embrace opportunities for innovation to ensure quality practice is achieved and that work-life balance is respected and maintained. We will create a robust culture of professional inquiry and advocate for our professional identity.

Our community

Our local community and wider society is the context in which today’s children are learning and growing, and we will hold this context at the forefront of our minds when making decisions with, for and about children. We will honour the role of our first Australians by embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within our curriculums and centre operations, and will advocate for those who are marginalised within our communities and societies.  We will give back wholeheartedly to our communities in addition to inviting their shared participation and partnership.