Teach resilience

In life sometimes you have success and sometimes you don’t. We want to children to be able to celebrate their successes and the successes of others, and know it’s not the end of the world if you don’t achieve what you wanted this time. You may need to practice to reach your goals, or try a different method. It may be simply that this is something that you are not particularly good at. We want children to understand that we are all unique and all have different strengths and weaknesses which can be physical, emotional or intellectual.

Encourage exploration

Children are naturally inquisitive in nature and are eager learners. From the time we are born we are constantly learning. Whether that be to crawl, walk, talk, feed ourselves or learn to read and write. Our centre is set up for children to explore the world around them, whether that be indoors or outdoors. We encourage children to play, participate and learn through both role play activities and real life experiences. We make the assumption that a child is age is not a barrier to them exploring and learning about the world around them.

Lead a healthy lifestyle

Whether you are a child or an adult what we put into our bodies and the activities that we do will have a big impact on how we feel both emotionally and physically and on our overall health. We purposely do not have electronic devices for children to use at our centres. We believe as per the World Health Organisation Guidelines that children should be physically active for at least 3 hours per day (through both play or organised sport) and have one hour or less screen time per day. We have set up our centre both indoors and outdoors to encourage physical activity to improve strength, coordination and aerobic fitness. We also have at our centre chickens, vegetable gardens and fruit trees to help children understand where their food comes from. We have a centre cook that provides 3 nutritious meals per day to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. We believe that if children help grow their food they are more likely to taste it and eat it.

We all have a different story

Everyone’s family is different and has an impact on who we are as a person. Your family’s race, cultural background, religion, occupation, structure all have an influence on our outlook on life. What is normal to us may seem strange or unusual to others. We want to share our families different stories so that we can learn that our way is not the only way and encourage the acceptance of others. We want children to understand that having a different background is not better or worse than anyone else’s, it is just different. We encourage our families to participate in our centres whether that be through sharing a family favourite recipe, coming in and sharing a skill such as playing a musical instrument or teaching the children about what you do for a living. This helps them learn and understand about the community that they live in and exposes them to experiences that are outside the course of their everyday lives.

Who are we?

 

Walla Walla Bing Bang Early Learning Centre has been created by locals Shane and Melissa Williams who have owned and operated centres in various locations over the past 16 years. We like to think outside the box of what a traditional childcare centre has to offer and as our slogan states “we’re a little bit different”.

What are we about?

The foundations of our centre are based on the following:

Create a home-like environment

When children attend our centre we want them to think of it as a second home and us as a second family. We aim as much as possible to create the aesthetics of our rooms and outdoor areas to be home like rather than looking like a classroom or institution. We want it to be warm, comforting, secure and reflect everyday life.