17th February 2017
Embracing Cultural Diversity at Guardian Childcare & Early Learning – 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 and embraces 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 Centre Manager, Meg Trop. Her team have 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 this greatly assists the families. Guardian Childcare & Early Learning – Bentleigh East also make 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 to the families.
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 Childcare & Early Learning – 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 Guardian Early Learning Centres daily routine and Guardian Childcare & Early Learning – Bentleigh East is no exception. The aroma of home-style cooking flows from the kitchen to create a feeling of home, with nutritious and balanced meals lovingly prepared on-site by the centres 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. The Bentleigh East centre 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. Learn more about the ‘Guardian Way’ here.
The Guardian Early Learning Group Ethos
At Guardian, their passion is to foster a sense of wonder and discovery for the developing mind. They believe that children’s curiosity is ignited by environments, applying a primary focus on creating purposeful, beautiful and naturally inspired indoor and outdoor areas, with spaces for children to explore, learn and develop.
If you are interested in finding out more about Guardian Childcare & Early Learning – Bentleigh East, please contact us on 03 9579 5700 or to find out more about other centres near you in Victoria head here.