Our Philosophy and Values
The early years are the most critical stage of a child’s development and we have a responsibility to do all we can to optimise a child’s developmental experience during their time with us. To achieve this our centres employ teams of early childhood Educators who:
- Have a passion for the education of children
- Hold early childhood qualifications, with a commitment to continuous learning
- Optimise learning opportunities for our children
- Offer a diverse cultural experience for our children
- Enjoy working with a business that is committed to its people and running quality centres
We ensure that our children are safe and respected during every moment of their time with us by:
- Creating a learning environment within which our children can develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically
- Following the Guardian Curriculum which believes children are global citizens with rights
- Establishing well maintained, resourced and clean environments in our centres with beautiful soft furnishings that create a home-like atmosphere
- Striving to successfully implement the National Quality Framework to the highest standards
- Ensuring the Convention of the Rights of the Child is displayed in the centre and followed by all
We make every effort to model our behaviours on the Guardian values:
We are enthusiastic and passionate about the role we have in the lives of our children.
Open, honest and respectful interactions guide our practice.
We pursue excellence in all we do.
We partner with our families to create high quality learning and development outcomes for our children.
We recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of our children, Educators and support team.
All members of the Guardian team work together to achieve our shared vision of being Australia’s highest quality provider of care and early learning.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Guardian and the Starlight Children’s Foundation
At Guardian, we are seeking to enrich the lives of the children and families who attend our centres. One way to achieve this is through the development of a philanthropic spirit. If the children of today learn about the benefits of helping others, then this is likely to follow them into later life.
We started this initiative in 2010 and have since raised over $665,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and hope to continue to donate a significant amount every year. This was achieved through a wide range of initiatives including:
- National fundraising initiatives
- Centre-based fundraising activities
- Parent contributions
- Contributions from our suppliers and from our Support Office employees
Our Commitment to the Environment & Sustainability
The environment of tomorrow, in which our children will live, is dependent on how we manage the environment of today. Unless we start using less of the world’s finite resources, the needs of our growing population is likely to put tomorrow’s environment at risk.
Guardian has created an aspirational sustainability strategy with six key goals:
- Reducing our electricity consumption in all of our centres and offices
- Purchasing environmentally responsible supplies and equipment
- Changing the way that we operate so that we lessen our environmental footprint
- Reducing the environmental impact of our buildings
- Reducing the amount of waste we create at our centres and offices
- Reducing water usage
While this is a long-term strategy, our immediate goals are to reduce electricity consumption at centre level and to purchase more environmentally sustainable supplies.
To maintain a clear focus on our sustainability goals, we have a Sustainability Officer at each centre whose role is to help make their centre more sustainable.