Our Learning Environment
All our indoor learning environments have one dedicated kinder room with break out areas including art studio spaces, biodiversity gardens, project spaces and an enclosed decking (Collins Street) and verandah (Coniston Street and Panton Hill) providing year round weather protection to support indoor- outdoor play.
Large nature inspired outdoor learning environments at all campuses which the children often refer to as ‘the garden’ is part of the all weather curriculum. Children work with educators and family members to adapt and care for this 'children's garden'. Children work on community spaces such as wicking garden beds, digging patches and outdoor kitchens and will plant, transplant and harvest from the mainly edible garden.
We believe the learning environment, both indoors and out is an extra teacher, additional to family and educators. The learning environments offer ideas to children, suggestions and tools to solve problems and resources for learning. The natural elements support children to build resilience through appropriate risk benefit and engagement with respect with the natural world understanding their place in ecology.
We also take every opportunity to visit the local Diamond Creek and Panton Hill Community, be it visiting our art pieces in a local gallery, visiting primary schools, flying kites on the ovals, touring Edendale Farm or enjoying the natural surroundings that beautiful the area of Nillumbik has on offer all year around.
We also have a local bush learning setting which is part of curriculum in terms 2 and 3.
The learning environments at our Diamond Creek kindergartens has been transformed over the past few years and with plans for Panton Hill, so we hope we can welcome you on a visit soon.