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Our philosophy

YMCA Whittlesea acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land, the Wurundjeri Willam people. It is on their land that we build our community. ​We pride ourselves on the strength of our partnerships and our ability to listen to our stakeholders. We continuously work towards providing the best opportunities, programs and life skills for our children. We aim to provide opportunities for all families to share their cultural needs and beliefs within the program.

​The National Quality Framework guide our education and care programs.

We believe that each child is unique, capable and curious, with inbuilt strengths and tremendous potential to be a master of their learning. Our programs provide children with countless hours of fun. Children’s senses are inspired as they explore and engage in motivating surroundings.

We believe children learn through play. We provide children with opportunities to discover, learn and investigate through times of uninterrupted play using natural and open-ended materials. Children’s play involves taking calculated risks and is part of children’s natural development. It is also an important life skill. We believe in providing countless opportunities for children to demonstrate independence skills. We value its importance and see it as an opportunity for children to gain confidence, build self-esteem and accept responsibility.​

 We recognise and value the importance and uniqueness of each of our educators. We invest in every educator through our commitment to offering quality training programs, current resources, mentoring and guidance. As a dedicated team, we will work collaboratively to share our knowledge and expertise. We aim to function as an extended family, providing children with security, comfort and familiar faces.

Overall,​ we work together to create an environment where children, educators, families and the community have ownership and a sense of belonging.​​