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Acacia Hill turns 30 – Hip, Hip Hooray

Acacia Hill turns 30 – Hip, Hip Hooray



It has been a wonderful milestone to achieve.  Our little family business that started out with 2 migrant sisters settling in Perth, Western Australia taking on a small yet quaint 23 place childcare centre in the Western suburbs to the well-known, respected and experienced, business Acacia Hill is today.  



In the early days, Jean and Catherine (along with their husbands Hugh and Robert) put all their blood, sweat and tears into creating a home away from home for many children whose families wanted that personal touch when it came to the care and education of their young.  Humpty Dumpty (the first centre they opened in 1992) set a standard in the industry that the business still thrives on today.  With the core values of Learning, Caring and Sharing although only coming to fruition in words in the last 5 years, have been the underlying values Jean and Catherine implemented back at the beginning.



In 2002, Jean and Hugh’s son Martin and his wife Fiona became directors in the family business. 



Over the last 30 years the family have owned 13 childcare centres with the sale of many of the centres in 2018 when Jean and Catherine decided retirement was calling.  Martin and Fiona continue to grow the business today with their passion for education, specializing in the areas of life skill development and resilience.



Over the years at Acacia Hill, we have embraced the educational philosophy from Reggio Emilia as we believe their child centred, play based approach to be best practice for young minds and bodies.  Delving deep into this approach has allowed us the opportunity to combine theory with practice in our Australian context and develop our own curriculum we implement and are proud to provide children in Perth.  



Looking forward to the next 30 years……. we will continue to build resilience by providing each child that walks through our doors the opportunity to experience risk in a very safe environment, gain age-appropriate life skills, learn and understand their Australian/Indigenous culture and understand why sustainability is important today.



As we have always done in celebrating each child, each of their cultures and what is important, today we celebrate Acacia Hill. The culture it has set up and provided for the children, families, educators and wider community over the past 30 years.



Happy Birthday Acacia Hill.


‘What is Reggio?’

‘What is Reggio?’

‘What is Reggio?’……… our brief interpretation

‘Reggio’, ‘Reggio education’, ‘Reggio Emilia Approach’ are all terms commonly used in early childhood education especially over the last 5-10 years to describe a way of educating children. When talking to people, it definitely comes across as a ‘flavour of the month’ kind of approach that involves the use of natural resources.  This is probably because the educational philosophy has been spreading across the world like wildfires in recent times.

So, where did it come from and what is it about?

The approach or educational philosophy comes from a city in northern Italy called Reggio Emilia.  It began shortly after WW2 finished with a group of mothers in a village of Reggio Emilia wanting their children to grow with an intolerance of injustice and inequality after just living through a war.  The woman sold items abandoned from the Germans when they retreated Italy, to set up a ‘school’ for their children.  On hearing this a man by the name of Loris Malaguzzi (a well-educated Psychologist) set out to the village on bike to see what it was all about.  He was so taken aback with what these mothers were trying to achieve, he decided to stay and help them.

Malaguzzi was inspired by many educational philosophers before him such as Dewy, Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky and Biber and with all this knowledge took parts from each educational philosopher and created what now is known as the Reggio Emilia Approach.

These are very broad pointers from my understandings of the approach.

  • The Image of the child is the foremost important aspect of the approach.
  • Children must have some control over the direction of their learning.
  • Children must be able to learn through experiences in a language that best suits their learning style.
  • Children have relationships with other children, materials and the environment, that they can explore with the support of educators and families.
  • Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves
  • Respect, responsibility and community are all explored in a safe and supportive Environment 

At Acacia Hill we have delved deeply into this approach and have taken aspects that suit our Australian context and weaved them into our curriculum. 

If you would like further information on the Reggio Emilia Approach, please speak to one of our coordinators who would be happy to share some of their understandings.

Benefits of Childcare

Childcare for many parents comes with the feeling of guilt for leaving your child or children in care instead of at home with you where all children should be……… so some people believe

Childcare can provide many benefits.

The top 10 reasons for your child to attend childcare include:

For the children

1. Relationships with other children their own age, educators and materials
2. Control over the direction of their learning
3. Vast array of educational resources and experiences of touch, hearing, seeing, listening and tasting
4. Educators with extensive up to date knowledge in the development of birth-5 year olds
5. Environments designed for different types of play and learning with many opportunities to express themselves
6. Links to the wider community
7. Ability to form independence

For parents

8. Ability to continue with their own career path
9. Assurance your children are being provided with early education
10. Respite (we all need a bit of that every now and then)

Western Australia now has its first National Curriculum for birth-5 year olds, there is no better time to consider childcare.

For more information about the curriculum visit

Indoor Influences

Indoor Influences

“We value space, to create a handsome environment and its potential to inspire social, affective and cognitive learning.  The space is an aquarium that mirrors the ideas and values of the people who live in it” – Loris Malaguzzi

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