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Acacia Children’s Centres.

Acacia is a not for profit community based organisation that provides quality education and care for children from birth to school age.  Acacia values the importance of celebrating difference by acknowledging and promoting our families and staffs diverse  cultural and social backgrounds. Our educational programs reflect the full appreciation of Australia’s multicultural society, enhancing the children’s awareness of, and respect for, cultural differences and similarities. Our programs are designed to help children in developing all areas for success now and in later years.

We believe that children are resourceful learners who are capable of constructing their own knowledge about the world around them.

We believe that learning occurs in a social context, with meaningful participation and interactions. We encourage the idea that children learn through play and thus Acacia has developed and implemented a learning program that is child initiated and focused. Furthermore, we scaffold their existing interests, knowledge and skills, through a collaborative and reciprocal relationship with the children, their families and educators.

Our Centres

Currently, Acacia operates three Early learning centres at:

  • Acacia Children’s Centre at 13 Belgium Avenue, Richmond 3121.

Tel: 9429 6150, email: acc@acacia.org.au

  • Acacia Fitzroy Creche at 187 Napier Street, Fitzroy 3065.

Tel: 9419 1142, email: afc@acacia.org.au

  • Acacia Children’s Centre – St Albans at 159 Taylors Road, St Albans 3021

Tel: 9356 9731, email: accsta@acacia.org.au

All three centre have spacious indoor and outdoor areas which promote our natural environment.

Our program

All programs provide innovating rich  indoor/outdoor learning experiences that fosters children’s strengths and interests. Our educational program enhances both health and well-being, as well as literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), creative arts, and cultural awareness.

We provide a funded kindergarten program to all children the year before they commence primary school, delivered by a qualified kindergarten teacher.

 

Acacia’s Values

 

At Acacia we uphold the following values:

 

  • Compassion
  • Honour
  • Integrity
  • Learning
  • Diversity

 

 

 

OUR VISION

Harmonious communities, thriving on differences, where families and educators strive to understand and learn from each other

 

OUR MISSION

Providing a high quality learning and supportive environment that fosters respect, confidence and belonging

Acacia’s Philosophy and Goals

Acacia respects the rights of children as enshrined in the 1991 United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, and commits to advocating for these rights.

Acacia’s committee, educators and staff recognise that Australia’s indigenous people are the oldest inhabitants of the vast Australian continent, and also acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is a heritage that needs to be maintained and passed on to future generations.

Acacia, from the outset, has implemented a bilingual and bi-cultural program that has expanded to embrace multiculturalism.

We believe that Acacia plays an integral part in servicing and belonging to our wider community, and a responsibility to respect and value diversity, social justice and equity.

Committee of Management

As a community-based, not for profit and charitable organisation, Acacia believes in the importance of parents and community involvement. We aims to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in the day to day program; in decision and policy making through participation on the Management Committee, in social events and other activities of the centre.

The Committee administer Acacia’s centres, classes and other activities. All parents are eligible for election as a Committee member by nomination at the Annual General Meeting.

The Committee meetings are held at the centre. Minutes of meeting can be accessed. Parents are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, which is held at the Moon Festival usually in September or early October. A reminder and invitation will be extended to parents. A copy of the constitution is available for parents to read.

Acacia Brief History

In 1982 a tiny seed was planted on the grounds of a small street in Richmond. Acacia Children Centre was born with a vision ‘maintenance of family values and cultures enriches the society’. The centre’s dedicated educators provided a warm and nurturing program to the 43 children that is reflective of their family’s home environment.

18 years on, Acacia amalgamated with Fitzroy Crèche who again maintain the core values of the founding vision of the centre 100 years ago. Acacia Fitzroy Crèche services the diverse community and has 55 children from more than 40 different cultural backgrounds.

In keeping with our vision we recognise the need to expand our services to other areas. In 2015, with many years of planning Acacia’s seed has flourish into fruition with the opening of a brand new state of the art Children Centre in St Albans. Our new centre caters to all families from diverse backgrounds that incorporates an enriching children educational program. The centre caters for up to 68 children as well as providing an expansive space for community programs and an adult training centre

The outreach service aims to promote and assist Indochinese families in accessing children’s services and to assist children’s service providers in developing their services and programs in a culturally appropriate way to cater to Indochinese children.