Embracing Cultural Diversity at Guardian Bentleigh East
Guardian Childcare & Early Learning – Bentleigh East provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for children to explore, interact, learn, and most of all, develop and encourage their own individual personalities. The Centre welcomes families from all backgrounds and cultures making it a popular and culturally diverse environment that promotes respectfulness, acceptance and enrichment.
“We pride ourselves in providing a multicultural environment for our children and families,” explains the Centre Manager. Her team has cultivated an environment where each culture is acknowledged, celebrated and respected; from celebration of festivals to accommodating cultural customs. Educators speak many languages including English, Russian, Hebrew, Hindu and Mandarin. The Centre also makes it a priority to observe the dietary requirements and preferences of cultures represented in their community including; vegetarian, kosher-respectable, gluten free, dairy free, egg-free at no additional charge.
Children’s connection to their culture develops through their experiences. Having a strong sense of their own cultural heritage and the traditions associated with it helps children build a positive cultural identity for themselves. This also supports children’s sense of belonging and, by extension, their mental health and wellbeing. Learning in a multicultural environment also affords additional benefits including development of empathy and the heightened ability to build and maintain positive relationships with others.
At Guardian Bentleigh East your child will be encouraged to develop skills in a wide range of areas, including language, literacy and science and numeracy. Children are also given the opportunity to participate in an assortment of creative endeavours such as art, music, social skills, communication, and problem solving. The extensive curriculum features a weekly music and dance program, weekly sport program to promote physical environment and regular cooking classes focusing on healthy eating habits.
Nutrition plays an important role in the daily routine. The aroma of cooking flows from the kitchen to create a feeling of home, with nutritious and balanced meals lovingly prepared on-site by the Centre’s professionally trained cook.
All Guardian Centres are custom designed to nurture the physical, emotional, cognitive and social interests of young children at all developmental levels. Guardian Bentleigh East has been specifically designed to maximise natural light, and provide plenty of space for energetic and inquisitive young bodies to safely explore surroundings. In line with the ‘Guardian Way’ Curriculum, the Centre promotes interaction with natural materials, free access between indoor and outdoor spaces and optimises meaningful play opportunities for learning development.
At Guardian, we believe that children’s curiosity is ignited by environments, and we focus on creating purposeful, beautiful and naturally inspired indoor and outdoor areas, with spaces for children to explore, learn and develop.
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