What is ‘play-based learning’?

We have a play-based learning strategy that encourages young children to make sense of their world and learn vital foundational skills within exploration, developing and practising language and physical skills, and experimenting with new concepts. Children develop confidence, express themselves creatively, and develop their sense of self and identity. Besides personal exploration, they additionally learn co-operation and how to build relations and engage in a group.

Children will be encouraged to play independently, in small groups, in large groups, indoors, and outdoors. Activities vary from building spatial perception with playdough or blocks to sharpening fine motor skills and awareness of colours and shapes with drawing and painting.


Tree of Life Child Care Centre and Kindergarten acknowledges the Traditional Custodians, the People of the land on which our childcare services are established, and their continuing connection to the land, sea and community. Tree of Life Child Care Centre and Kindergarten also pays respect to both past and present Elders.

Learning their history can help children develop a connection to the land of Australia and the environment they live in. Developing awareness and respect for the Elders from an early age is essential to growth and increasing empathy.

We support our educators to insert their views into our educational practices, so their language and culture are accessible to all children. We promote the advancement of close, open and respectful ties with the local community and elders. Furthermore, we put a tremendous focus on trust. More specifically, trust in the ideas of our community and elders, trust in the educators and parents to promote and transfer these ideas to the children, and trust in the children to believe in these values, and eventually transfer them to future generations.


We, at the Tree of LifeChild Care Centre and Kindergarten, understand the demands placed on busy families. Our team knows the importance of ensuring that young children are safe, happy & engaged during such formative years. This includes uniting the space of the centres with the bigger picture – the outside world.

So, apart from providing a stimulating environment to the children inside the areas of our centres, our educators are trained to prepare them to face the environment outside of it. Teaching children to give back to society, appreciating the land, sea and community is one of the most challenging, yet most essential parts of their pre-school education. Doing this through eco-friendly games, stimulating challenges and fun exercises increases the chances of remembering and enduring these values through life.


We place a particular priority on the environment and sustainability, and we teach children to ensure that “there is enough for all, forever”. The services use various sustainable practices throughout Tree of Life Child Care Centre and Kindergarten, including a recycling schedule, to teach children about protecting the environment and highlight ways available for them to become environmentally accountable and show respect for the environment.

Our focus is to help children develop a sense of belongingness to the community; develop a connection to their parents and educators, considering they are the only role models of the children at an early age.


Our team is trained to appreciate each child as a social individual, whose development areas should be satisfied – physical development, social development, cognitive development, emotional development and creative development. Simultaneously, each child should develop independence, confidence, self-esteem, and self-control, in addition to multicultural and non-sexist attitudes.

That’s why each educator or staff member looks, talks and promotes body language that represents a positive role model to the children. At their early stage, children act like sponges – they soak in information from the stimuli surrounding them. So, giving them certain stimulation is essential to teaching them how to behave, talk or even think productively.

Our ultimate goal is to teach the children “to give back” – to their parents, their educators, and ultimately to the community and the world itself. Creating happy individuals who will contribute to society in the future is a wonderful way of creating a never-ending cycle of sustainability.