Environments: Our Touchstone and Cornerstone

Our life-sized ‘Ellie the Elephant’ residing in our lower tropical garden featuring a variety of plants of different shapes, textures and colours.

Pachamama Early Education and Childcare was established with the understanding that children deserve to spend their early years in an environment that inspires creativity, learning, and a genuine acceptance of diversity.

We understand that children spend their youth and adolescence in institutional environments presented during their years of formalised education.   Pachamama was founded on a committed it would not contribute to bringing forward the institutionalisation of children in their early years, but rather provide an opportunity to feel the comforts of home while enjoying the benefits of a quality early education.

Pachamama is a home away from home steeped in nature, creativity and diversity.

Our multi award-winning Pachamama has attracted international attention for extraordinary learning environments inspired by the outcomes of evidence-based research in the area of early years education.  

Creating Pachamama involved back-breaking efforts and a painstaking attention to detail.  But the most challenging aspect was the lack of a precedent to follow, no model to copy.  Pachamama grew out of gut feelings for and deep reflections of, ultimately, what was best for the children.

The greatest strength of Pachamama is our understanding how everything in the organisation is connected and how all aspects of the operation influence the development of the children.    This resulted in a growth over a short eight year period from 20 to 200 children per day and from 5 to 55 employees.  Our challenge now is not growth, but continual improvement.

While Pachamama’s heart and soul are our loving and dedicated educators, our unique learning environments are our cornerstone and touchstone.  They are the foundations upon which Pachamama is built and sets the standard.  Our environments are truly our third teacher,  They are fundamental to educator longevity and ,therefore, educational quality.

Our Pachamamaity blog is intended to address many of the aspects that make Pachamama different in hopes that this may ignite some ideas  with other practitioners or students of early years education.

After all … its all about the children and providing them with the best.

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