Bright and light in a purpose-built facility with our very own one-of-a-kind Atlantis Education Centre, Early Learning doesn't get any better than this. Ocean Keys children all have access to the Atlantis Education Centre complete with indoor Nature Playground, cycle track, library and specialist Atelier. Our team of Educators are all local, passionate people who wake up in the morning determined to make a change to the lives of children.
We are advocates for the Reggio-Emilia philosophy, offering open-ended resources which provide multiple uses and endless play, enabling the children to be creative and express themselves in play.
Take a tour and you'll see, this is the benchmark for what Early Learning Environments can be.
Our Learning Environments are categorised by the following ages:
8-weeks to 12 months
1-year to 2-years
2-years to 3-years
3-years to 4-years
4-years to 5-years (Attending school)
Although the age of your child initially determines the Environment in which they are placed, we believe in nurturing the natural development and learning pace of every child in our care. Our Educators will work with your child to ensure they are capable and confident in their environment and able to truly thrive.
Atlantis Early Learning
The Reggio Emilia Philosophy is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education, which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. The Philosophy rides on the coattails of the innate curiosity of children and aims to assist them with understanding their world and who they are in it.
The Child - The Reggio Emilia philosophy values the child as central to their own learning, not simply an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge. Children are able to pursue their own interests and revisit and build upon ideas at their own pace. You may have heard of something called the ‘100 languages of children’. This concept recognises that children have multiple ways of thinking, playing, exploring, speaking and doing. The Reggio Emilia approach encourages children to use every tool they have to express themselves.
The Environment - A Reggio-inspired environment, often referred to as ‘the third teacher’, is one that is open and free-flowing. It enables uninterrupted exploration, play and learning. Outdoor spaces are valued just as highly as formal classrooms, and the design of the space should allow children to move freely between the two. In addition, it is important that children have free access to stimulating resources, as they cannot be the owner of their learning journey without this.
The Teacher - Teachers are encouraged to observe children rather than to direct them. It is important that children are allowed to experiment in their own way, make mistakes and find new solutions. The role of the teacher is to gently move students towards areas of interest to them, and this can only be done through careful observation carried out over time.
Hello Atlantis Families,
My name is Kate Kennedy, and I am the Centre Manager for Atlantis Early Learning in Ocean Keys. My husband and I emigrated to Australia from the United Kingdom eight years ago and since then I have dedicated my time to the Early Learning profession, being a Mum and furthering my education in my chosen field.
When we first arrived in Perth, I found myself able to access a whole new choice of career options and was fortunate enough to land a position in an industry that truly aligned with my purpose and values, in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry.
I began my new career as a Mature Trainee in an Early Learning setting and quickly realised I had chosen well and that this was the sector for me. I went on to complete my Certificate III in Children’s Services and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I was then able to progress professionally into a Management Role.
During my time in the industry, I have become a mother of two amazing people, Penelope (4) and Rafferty (2) who have also joined the Atlantis family. Being a mum myself has only driven my passion for this profession even further. I completely understand how daunting it can be to leave your little ones with new people and how important the relationship between Educators and family members are.
We are the people who care for and nurture your children and I want you to know this is a role that I take seriously and feel honoured to undertake on a daily basis. Having my children has also pushed me into wanting to progress my studies and education further and so, I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies).
I am sincerely hoping that I am able to bring my knowledge into Atlantis and expand on what is already an incredible Early Learning environment. I cannot wait to meet your family and start building some wonderful and genuine relationships with you all, especially your little ones.
We view Sustainability as exceptionally important and central to what we do at Atlantis. These lessons, although very simple in concept at this age, will enable children of today to become responsible Adults tomorrow.
We have sustainability teachings in all of our curriculum to help children understand their place in the world and their impact within in it. From recyclable arts and instruments, to tending to the vegetable garden and chickens at our sister centre's Nature School, to playing with natural elements, our children are encouraged to connect to the natural world around them.
We actively support embedding sustainability operations in our every day
routines. We invite families to recycle their waste and offer recycling stations for batteries, plastics and drink containers.
Children learn the importance of reducing food waste and enjoy tending
to the needs of our worm farm; resulting in collecting magical plant fertiliser
for our families to take home.