Bambini House has two separate classrooms for the younger and older children; truly inspiring spaces for the children to engage, relate, learn and converse.
The foundations of the house are an aesthetic joy in themselves; rustic fireplaces, mantelpieces, bay windows, lead-lighting and arched doorways draw the children in and beg them to stay. Each room is alive with colour, texture and soothing sounds; a seamless blend of decoration, artwork, books, building materials, art supplies and natural materials.
The classrooms encourage the children to participate, discover, explore and investigate. Language, literacy and numeracy are not isolated. Rather, they are explored through a variety of mediums and learning experiences; those which excite and engage the individual child.
Our teachers and educators encourage intelligence through imagination; we use art as a language to represent ideas and express emotions; drawing, painting and sculpture are regular activities that promote creative thinking as are performance; music, dancing, dramatic play and puppetry.
Each room has a dedicated literacy area which features a range of picture and non-fiction books; a construction space with coloured and natural blocks, puzzles, nuts and bolts and manipulative materials; and an array of treasures from nature: stones, pebbles, foliage, petals, sticks, leaves, pods and seeds.
At Bambini House, we focus on building a strong emotional and social foundation. We have embedded a range of practices which support children's social and emotional understanding as well as creating a compassionate, kind and understanding community. Each teacher and educator is trained in conducting Emotional Literacy Circle Times (adapted from Sue Roffery's model for Primary and Secondary School students), where children are given opportunities to reflect on a range of social and emotional scenarios and provide their ideas on more positive outcomes. We engage children in practicing mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Inviting children to be in tune with their bodies and their surroundings, understanding their five senses as well as developing tools for self regulation. These elements are integrated in our Be You action plan which is the national mental health in education initiative delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace.