Walker Learning in the early childhood years bring back to life the aspects and elements of development not as a fad or an old fashioned way of thinking about early childhood but as a vibrant, necessary piece of evidence based on neuroscience and development that brings rigor, facts and the tracking and observation of children's development, learning and skill acquisition back into our major role and focus in early childhood education. One of our major aims is to ensure effective and smooth transition for children as they move between their early childhood and early primary years. Walker Learning ensures a consistency of teaching and learning across the early childhood and primary years.
It acknowledges that culture, community and family have a significant impact on a child's life and learning -However it would be naïve to ignore the importance of the biology of the developing child just as it would be naïve to ignore the importance of culture on the developing child. Walker Learning uses elements of development as a vibrant, necessary piece of evidence based on neuroscience and development that brings rigour, facts and the tracking and observation of children's development, learning and skill acquisition back into our major role and focus in early childhood education.
It provides systems for planning, documentation, implementation, relationships, and defines open-ended play based curriculum based on child development theories rather than simply children's interests.
- It is a play based approach that is embraced and implemented across Australia and internationally and has been for over 20 years. It uses elements of the great traditions and theorists of child development and play and is the very first Australian play based curriculum developed and implemented in Australia and exported onto the world stage.
- It has been developed to embrace play pedagogy in Australia and internationally not only in early childhood but into the first three years of school and beyond so that all children, regardless of where they live and what age they are, may access their universal right to play and learn and be educated. With other great educational philosophies, such as Montessori, Regio, Steiner, Walker Learning has defined itself with clear educational philosophy and theory.
- The uniqueness of Walker Learning is that it brings to early childhood an Australian based and designed culturally appropriate play based pedagogy that has been developed for the diverse range of Australian communities. It is the first time Australia has an Australian designed play-based curriculum.
- Walker Learning embraces the concept of the "Whole child". This concept has been around in history and education for many decades and changes over time. In Walker Learning, we embrace the child holistically in terms of their overall development, using neuroscience and developmental theory as a foundation. We embrace the culture and family and relationships within and beyond community as major influences in a child's life and learning.
- We accept the diversity of children and families and cultures and that all children are born with the natural ability to learn and develop by exploration, investigation and the need for explicit direction and instruction. The whole child concept includes the child as capable and an active participant in their learning alongside the adult and extended community. We view the education of a child as a systems model whereby the community, relationships, culture are all interconnected