Karana Early Education Centre

Karana Downs CENTRE

About Our Centre

Statement of Philosophy

Karana Early Education Centre is a place where “Belonging, Being, Becoming” moves beyond words, into a culture that we live.  It is our

Aim for people to feel like they are a part of our family the moment they walk in the door.  Building relationships is one of the most important aspects of what we do, creating an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming for children, their families and visitors; a place where children feel loved, safe and secure away from their families.  We

Recognise children’s needs for strong attachments to those who care for them and by creating mixed age primary care groups – allowing children to retain those strong attachments with adults who remain constant throughout their time with us.  We make a commitment to get to know each child, take joy from being with them, and make being available to them a priority.

Also of high importance, are the partnerships we form with families, recognising them as children’s first and most influential teachers.  We aim to form strong links between a child’s home life, the centre, and the wider community.  Children are placed in the same care group with siblings/family.  We understand the

Needs of families to feel confident in the knowledge that their children are in a place where they will receive care second only to what they themselves would give.  We encourage

All families to participate in the life of our centre in any capacity they are able, and we welcome and value their input and feedback as partners in the care of their children.

Environments should be built by the people within it, and children need to be able to see and feel a reflection of the individual they are within that environment.  Our whole service, home away from home approach allows children to access all areas of the centre, indoors and outdoors, throughout the day.

As we celebrate the differences and diversity of others, we create a place that is reflective of the cultures of us, the children, their families, and the community, and respectful of the Aboriginal heritage of our country.

Realising that each person has something unique and special to bring, we welcome and embrace the diversity of each person

Linked to our centre.  We understand that a rich cultural atmosphere is central to children learning empathy and understanding toward others, both in their early

Years and in their lives ahead.

Experiences provided for children, both planned and spontaneous, are undertaken to support the learning and

Development of each child and their individual abilities, needs and interests.  Our curriculum recognizes the Early Years Learning Framework as the

Underpinning foundation for the way we educate children.  We believe that children will thrive best in a mixed-age, play-based learning environment and we strive to

Create rich learning opportunities through the environment, which enable children to explore and discover, bring out their imaginations, build relationships, help and learn from one another, and

Above all, have FUN!

To identify children’s strengths, we carefully observe and reflect, then plan with these strengths in mind, setting children up for success and providing opportunities for them to play and learn

 In their own unique ways.  We recognize that all children can drive their own learning and these “play” moments are equally important as the natural flow of their daily routines. We strive to scaffold learning

Opportunities into all aspects of our day. We recognize the routines of   

New and exciting ways of doing things are constantly explored and implemented with the children

Continually building our own knowledge through professional development and further learning, we believe is the best way for us to advocate for lifelong learning.  As

Educators, we never stop learning, and often engage in co-learning with the very people we teach.  We strive to create a strong team-based ethos, free from

Negativity and judgement.  A place where each Educator is valued for what they bring and is able to freely express themself.

To ensure we create a culture of professional enquiry, we work together to examine our current practices, review outcomes, and generate new ideas.  By engaging in

Reflective practices, we are always pushing the boundaries of what might be, in our goal to make Karana Early Education Centre the best place to be….. a leader in our field…… a centre of excellence, where

Every child in our care has the best possible experience each and every day.

What parents say about us?

Just wanted to say that Trisha and the staff at Karana have been more than accommodating and willing to provide the best opportunities for every child (and their family). You go above and beyond every day to make the child’s day enjoyable and the parents at ease. Thank you


We choose the centre because of the engaging environment that children have that connects with nature and play-based learning. Staff were welcoming, understanding and above all, focused on the children’s well being. The communication with parents is exemplary and the care, support and organisation within the centre is second to none. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Karana Downs Eskay family!


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Childhood is such a short, magical time, and in a fleeting moment, they will be grown up. You will spend an eternity knowing your child as adult, but for these few precious years, you have the privilege of knowing them as a child. For a brief moment in their journey of life, you get to watch them laugh, learn, grow, and experience the awe and wonder that childhood offers.

Children only get one childhood …. Don’t ever wish that magical time away…
Childhood Memories ought to be the most precious memories in any one’s life.

What vision of childhood do you have in your heart for your child…..
We welcome you to join us on a wonder-filled journey through early childhood.