The notion of giving and ‘thinking of others’ is something that is deeply embedded within our philosophy here at Albany Kindergarten. We are always contemplating ways that we can support our community. The spirit of giving to others without expectations is an important life lesson that we want our children to develop. We have a community kitchen, that is accessible to all, and where the children, teachers and families all contribute. Through providing children with these sorts of opportunities and experiences, it allows kindness to be explored.
We have a famers market which works as a trade and exchange/ barter system with our local community. Quite often you will find fresh produce that has been harvested by our children and teachers from our gardens. Do you have produce at home that you would like to contribute?
Environmentally friendly practices are embedded in our kindergarten philosophy, “my teachers will develop an environment where sustainable practices and thinking is an integral part of the curriculum and in developing life long learning skills, knowledge and understanding” – Albany Kindergarten Philosophy. The Early childhood curriculum also supports this way of thinking through ‘wairuatanga’ which is spiritual awareness of the living world. Through active exploration, contribution and communication, children are learning how to tend and care for plants and how they can be a source of food for us or others.