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The Wonder Family
My name is Linda Antoniou. I have been in the Early Education & Care sector for over 20 years.
I have a Diploma in Children’s Services & Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 5 years). I am also a mother to 2 beautiful children who have been by my side & my number 1 supporters throughout the development of Bay of Wonders. My passion for the industry shows through my dedication and commitment I give to my staff & families.

I have managed many services and have been involved in numerous assessment processes, which have received exceeding results. In my experience, I’ve had the honour to be involved in reputable services, which have taught me to appreciate and love the power of education. Knowledge is power, no matter how old you are. I believe teaching skills & concepts can start from our babies and work all the way up to our 5 year olds. I would love to instil this in our Bay of Wonders families.

Every child in my care will be treated like my own. I come from a European background in which our culture has a saying, “σαν το σπίτι σου”, which translates to “ like your own home”. Therefore, we will ensure that every child and family feel they can treat Bay of Wonders as an extension of their home. We want every family in our care to feel like they are a part of our Bay of Wonders family.

How did Bay of Wonders Early Education & Care come about?
It was Saturday night, family movie night. We decided to watch a movie called “Wonder”. The storyline touched my heart and left my children questioning some of the characters’ behaviours in the story. Their first comment was, “Mummy, the children are mean to Augie; it is not nice. It is not his fault that he was born with the marks on his face.” The lessons that we learnt through the movie were acceptance, respect, kindness, understanding and feeling self-worth. I always refer to this movie during discussions with my children about social acceptance, being kind to friends and showing respect and compassion to their friends. Bay of Wonders wants to teach children to accept themselves for who they are and always be kind and caring towards others. Through our Wellness program, we will educate children on how to show compassion and empathy and build on their self-worth. Knowing that everyone is born to shine in their own way!

Bay of Wonders Early Education & Care Philosophy

Every child is born to shine

Bay of Wonders was created from the belief that every child is an individual and has unique qualities that shine in different ways. Our Vision is to provide an environment where every child can achieve their goals and be confident learners when they start ‘big school’. We will utilise diverse strategies and skills to build children’s self-confidence to feel they can achieve anything they set out to do.

Our service values the importance of lifelong learning, where children learn skills to be active participants within society (John Dewey). This will include our Wonder curriculum, where children will have the opportunity to build on their education, reflecting their interests and cultural backgrounds. In addition, our Wonder curriculum will build on the children’s social and emotional skills to teach lifelong skills such as being kind, respectful, compassionate and caring towards others, which will be reflected in our daily practices.

  • Why fit in when you are born to stand out. “Dr Seuss”
  • Only laughter, love & learning will be embedded into our service.
  • Never give up! Ensuring children are encouraged to reach their full potential.
  • Diversity is embedded, enabling solid and respectful relationships with our families and the community.
  • Every child will be loved, cared for and respected like our own.
  • Rising above and beyond to provide an exceptional service for our community.

Our WONDER curriculum encompasses the Early Years Learning Framework, which conveys the highest expectations for all children’s learning from birth to five years through the transitions to school. In addition, we will present a curriculum that reflects the needs and expectations of the society, community and culture in which our children live (Uri Bronfenbrenner). It communicates these expectations through the following five Learning Outcomes:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

The Principles of Early Childhood pedagogy underpin practice focused on assisting all children in making progress in relation to the Learning Outcomes.

  • Secure, respectful & reciprocal relationships
  • Partnerships
  • Respect for diversity
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives
  • Equity, inclusion & high expectations
  • Sustainability
  • Critical reflection & ongoing professional learning
  • Collaborative leadership & teamwork

The principles of Early Childhood pedagogy underpin practice. Educators draw on a rich repertoire of pedagogical practices to promote children’s learning by:

  • Holistic, integrated and interconnected approaches
  • Responsiveness to children
  • Play-based learning and intentionality
  • Learning environments
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Continuity of learning and transitions
  • Assessment and evaluation for learning, development and wellbeing

At Bay of Wonders, we pride ourselves on adhering to the Early Childhood Code of Ethics to ensure we provide an exceptional learning environment for our children.

In relation to the children, we will:
Ensure children feel supported and empowered through the positive attachments staff build with them. This will assist children in developing resilience and independence. We will utilise the environment as the third teacher, allowing children to lead the program as confident and capable learners in a safe and healthy environment. Educators will listen to children’s perspectives, allowing them to have a voice in their learning and assessment. Ensuring we foster positive relationships with children (Uri Bronfenbrenner). This will provide a meaningful and enriching curriculum for individual children in an inclusive manner.

In relation to the profession, we will:
Take responsibility for articulating our professional values, knowledge, and practice and our profession’s positive contribution to society and engage in critical reflection. We will participate in ongoing professional learning and support research that builds our knowledge and that of the profession. In addition, we will encourage qualities and practices of ethical leadership within the profession, model quality practice, and provide constructive feedback and assessment for students as aspiring professionals.

In relation to colleagues, we will:
Ensure our colleagues are respected and appreciated by providing opportunities for professional development. Supporting our colleagues’ well-being by providing well-being days and activities and implementing strategies that support & mentor colleagues to make positive contributions to the profession. Ensuring all colleagues feel valued and a part of our Wonder family.

In relation to families, we will:
Provide an open-door policy for our families to ensure families feel at ease leaving their children in our care. Support families as the children’s first and most important teacher. We will respect their decisions about their children. We will provide an environment where all our families feel comfortable and a part of our family. We will respect our family’s right to privacy and maintain confidentiality. We will learn and respond to each family’s uniqueness, circumstances, culture, family structure, customs, language, beliefs and kinship systems, ensuring that all families are encouraged to participate in the program development for the children.

In relation to community & society, we will:
First and foremost, Bay of Wonders respects the original owners of our land, and we will incorporate Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander traditions as an embedded practice into our programming wherever possible. We will learn about local community contexts and aspirations to create responsive programs to enhance children’s learning, development and wellbeing. We will collaborate with people, services and agencies to develop shared understandings and actions that support children and families. We will use research and practice-based evidence to advocate for a society where all children can access quality education and care. We will promote the value of children’s contribution as citizens to developing strong communities.

Bay of Wonders prides itself on providing an environment full of happiness, kindness and encouragement. An environment that is warm, loving and secure and is an extension of our homes. It is a service with an open-door policy for all our families and an ever-evolving curriculum that allows all children to learn and shine in their way.