For Parents - Villa Bambini Essendon & Templestowe

Information for Parents

At Villa Bambini we are committed to providing a high quality service that meets the needs and interest of all children and families. We endeavour to create a learning environment which challenges and celebrates the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.

Reggio Emilia is a philosophical approach to working with children which has been developed by educators in the Reggio Emilia region of Italy. Evolving over decades, this distinctive and innovative approach to child development respects the rights of children and is based on the image of children as capable and having tremendous potential.

“Children have a hundred worlds to discover, a hundred worlds to invent, a hundred worlds to dream”
- Loris Malaguzzi

We believe that building a positive, collaborative relationship with parents and families is key to your child’s development. Our educators are able to support you in your parenting role by sharing knowledge of your child’s interests, skills and needs. We can also provide up to date research on play based learning, child education and much more.

You will be invited to participate in the daily program, rostered tasks, special event days, and also to have discussions and provide feedback on a regular basis. Daily Journals, notices, individual portfolios and newsletters are on display to help make the learning that is happening visible to families and the wider community.

What To Bring

Here’s a helpful list of what to bring:
  • A sunsafe hat which covers your child’s face, neck and ears
  • Beanie and warm jacket for outdoor play in winter
  • Change of clothes (when involved in hands-on play based learning your child may get messy!)
  • Comfort item (if required), such as a toy or blanket
  • Dummy in a sealed, named container (if required)
  • Labelled bottle for expressed milk or formula (if required)
  • Labelled expressed milk (if required)
  • Any medications – please give these to the centre staff to manage directly

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Villa Bambini respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which our Centres are located, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation and pays respects to their Elders past and present.