Our Founding Vision
In 2018 we celebrate our 10th year as an advocate, guide, partner and educator of young children, and in particular celebrating the depth and richness our history allows us to provide to the children of Blue House. Read below the founding vision that is at the heart of the Blue House pedagogy, practice and principles.
“Children are powerful, capable and full of potential and our image of the child will define our language, actions and choices for and with the children. Our image of the child is our reason for being.
Our environment will offer a rich context to invite research and will be approached with intent and inspiration. We will create an environment around children that is beautiful, inspiring and that piques their curiosity in every encounter. We will make use of the incredible nature and wildlife surrounding us and will spend ‘chunks’ of time outdoors.
Our role as Educators is to inspire, support, nurture and guide. We are each of us coaches and mentors, co-learning alongside the children; supporting children with questions that will drive their learning process, allowing them to construct their own knowledge and find real value in the journey to seek answers.
We will extend warm, frequent and genuine invitations to families, care givers and the greater community to connect with us and the children in a way that will further enrich their journey, knowing that learning does not happen in isolation.
We commit to ensuring the children have access to a wide range and number of open ended, natural and recycled materials to support children in developing their skills and expanding their knowledge by pursuing ideas, testing theories, problem solving and researching.
Art, creativity and expression lie at the heart of the early years educational experience, and we will offer children unlimited lenses through which to express their unique voice and perspective in the world.
Education is not a process of pre-packaged knowledge digestion, it is an active process and we will offer children interactions with real-life experiences that are tangible, meaningful and interactive.
We will conduct ourselves in a way that brings our beliefs to life. We will be open, warm and welcoming. We will be honest and trustworthy. And we will, above all else, advocate for the rights of children. Every child, parent, caregiver, educator, staff or visitor in our community will be respected and recognised as having value to contribute to the world”.
Blue House Founder, Shona Sanosi