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About Us

Located on the University of Canberra campus, Kirinari Early Childhood Centre provides high quality child care and educational programming for children from birth to six years of age.

Kirinari became incorporated in 1974. Kirinari's building and grounds have been through extensive renovations over the years to maintain a high standard environment for the children in our care.

Kirinari first went through the accreditation process in November 1996, gaining the highest possible accreditation. We strive to provide high quality care and education and this has been reflected in our accreditation history, where we have achieved the highest standards in 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2009. We went through the National Quality Standards assessment in 2013 and achieved a rating of Exceeding.

Care is offered on a full time, part time or semester basis, catering for the needs of University students, staff and the wider community.

Kirinari is a community based organisation funded by a combination of parents' fees and fund raising.

The Management Committee manages the Centre and is elected annually by the members of the Centre.

Kirinari Early Childhood Centre is operated by Kirinari Early Childhood Centre Inc., an Incorporated Association based in Bruce, ACT.

The Management Committee has overall responsibility for the governance of the Centre on behalf of the members in accordance with the Constitution. The Director is responsible to the Management Committee for the day-to-day operations of the Centre.

The following were elected as Committee members at the Annual General Meeting:

  • President - Laurie Poretti
  • Vice President - Amanda Levido
  • Treasurer – Sarah Rankins
  • Secretary – Jodie Sims
  • Public Officer - Achim Kopatz

General Committee Members:

  • Dee Marrapodi
  • Tamara Lee
  • Patricia Mendoza
  • Andy Crane
  • Tina Crane

Our services and facilities include:

  • Opening hours: 8.00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday (50 weeks a year)

  • Close proximity to major bus routes

  • Safe and well equipped indoor and outdoor environments

  • A large, secure outdoor environment for the children to play and explore in

  • Access to the facilities of the University of Canberra including the library, gym, sports ovals, shops, cafes, post office and surrounds

  • Co curricular activities such as in house music and dance classes and some external excursions

  • Qualified, dedicated Educators to care for and educate your children
Kirinari Early Childhood Centre's Philosophy

Child

All children are seen as capable, competent learners who bring their own understandings, thoughts, opinions and ambitions to Kirinari. As each family is different, each child’s experience at Kirinari will be different and their experience with belonging, being, and becoming will reflect this. We support, respect and embrace each child’s right to express their own sense of individuality. We also support every child to participate in their room with confidence and a sense of belonging.

Families

The diversity of family life means that all children come to Kirinari with a unique view of life, which reflects their own: beliefs, practices, values, expectations, knowledge and skills. We recognise the importance of building trusting, reciprocal relationships with our families to support and respect this diversity and therefore the learning for their child. We respect the individual values and beliefs that each family holds and view Kirinari as an extended support for all families. We work together with our families to provide a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment that reflects these beliefs.

Education

At Kirinari we see all children as lifelong learners. Our role is to encourage each child to value the process of learning, so they are prepared for school and beyond. We believe that early childhood education is a complex, self-motivated and holistic time for children. The physical, social, cognitive, emotional, personal, spiritual, creative and linguistic development of each child is valued and influences the educational program at Kirinari. We use The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to guide our practice, program and documentation. The EYLF emphasises the importance of play as it helps to develop the learning, thinking, imagination and communication of children. This supports children to learn through their own sense of discovery, collaboration with peers, as well as through guided and intentional teaching from Educators. Kirinari has a focus on outdoor education, which concentrates on the learning and appreciation of sustainable practises through recycling, composting, gardening and exploration of the land around us. We acknowledge the Ngunnawal People, the traditional custodians of this land where Kirinari Early Childhood Centre stands. As “Kirinari” means a place of learning, we pledge to learn about and share the knowledge of the land and its peoples.

Educators

At Kirinari we value the significance of collaboration and teamwork. We understand the importance of gaining knowledge and understandings about early childhood education and development. We strive to embed practices, theory and philosophy into our interactions and teachings with children, their families and the wider community. We reflect individually, in teams, and as a Centre to ensure we can continually improve upon our own practises. We work towards a common goal of ensuring all Educators and staff are respected, and supported to reach their full potential and be a part of the Kirinari team.