our philosophy

St Catherine's Early Education Centre will be inventive and unique to ensure that we, St Catherine's community are distinctive within the early childhood education field. 

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we stand on. We pay our respects to the Elders, past and present extending our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are the traditional custodians of this land.

At St Catherine's we value and work under the National Quality Framework guiding principles and National Quality Standards. In delivering our education and care curriculum, we follow the principles, practices and learning outcomes of the National Early Year's Framework. 

OUr vision

We recognise the uniqueness of each child and the importance of play in the lives of children. We will, working in partnership with families be committed to providing exceptional education and care within a welcoming environment that embraces diversity and the local community. 

We we deliver the highest level of care and education for your child in a warm, nurturing and safe environment.

We will respect the children's right to feel safe, secure and comfortable in their environment. We will listen and respond to their feelings and needs as required. 

As educators we will work together to create a welcoming environment that the children want to be apart of. 

We will treat all children equitable and give each child an opportunity to develop skills for life long learning focusing on each child's strengths and interests. 

We will create opportunities for children to build friendships, laugh, smile and jump in puddles. 

We will respect and respond to the needs and interests of each individual child and continually encourage children to develop an understanding of who they are and how they fit into the world. 

We will continually encourage and support the development of self- esteem, confidence and independence of children. 

We will work in partnership with families to build relationships based on co-operation and a mutual respect for the reciprocal roles that each play in the lives of the children. 

We will encourage support and guide to all families in an inclusive environment filled with wonder and awe. 


We will include and work towards parent's goals for their children and consider them valuable. 


We as a team, through our leadership and management, encourage educators to work collaboratively by sharing knowledge and experiences. 


We will as educators work with the children and discover ideas and provide opportunities for learning through emergent intentional teaching. 


We will provide an inclusive environment and aim to increase the children's awareness and respect for cultural difference. 


We value belonging to the North Melbourne community and will involve our centre in diverse cultures, communities and events that make up the local area. 


We will engage with our community and encourage the children, families and staff to be part of the cultural events and celebrations that occur. 


We will expose the children to different members of our community.