Our Philosophy

Pachamama is a home-away-from-home steeped in nature, creativity and diversity aiming to influence the best possible outcome for all children involved in early education and childcare.

Creative natural environments and rich diversity are the foundations of Pachamama’s essence supporting children’s learning and development. We strive to create a place of love and laughter, in a relaxed setting where every child is understood and appreciated and their holistic development is supported.

We value play pedagogy and a child-centred approach to education. The individuality of each child’s expressions of need and learning are acknowledged and supported.

Our educational leadership focuses on each child and our experienced understanding of the developmental process. Because we believe parents are the most suitable primary educators of their own children, our partnership approach involves prioritising regular communications with each family.

We acknowledge the Beeloo tribe as the first traditional custodians of the Kalamunda land on which we teach.   We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.  Effective processes are in place to promote these important connections.

We create thoughtful and imaginative environments steeped in nature where
children feel nurtured and a sense of belonging to learn and grow.

We document children’s development and learning processes because we believe it contributes towards their sense of belonging and each family’s understanding of their child’s development. It also provides our educators with an opportunity to reflect and further plan, resulting in a more meaningful educational process.

Pachamama values positive relationships: between Educators and children, employees and families, each employee … and our special animals.  We are dedicated to providing quality and developmentally appropriate resources, and a comfortable home-like atmosphere.


Pachamama understands the significance of being caring, calm, friendly and empowering professionals to act as positive role models for young children and each other.

We support Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics and acknowledge that our continuous self-improvement and professional development is of paramount importance.  We build relationships and engage with our local and professional community.  Effective partnerships support children’s access, inclusion and participation in our learning program.

The principles and practices of continuous reflection, consultation, improvement and excellence are deeply embedded within the Pachamama culture.  Our Quality Improvement Plan considers all areas of the service and reflects valuable contributions received from all members of the Pachamama community.

Once Upon a Time … Before Pachamama

The creation of the multi award-winning Pachamama began the purchase of a small and poorly managed service in the Perth Hills of Western Australia.  The journey of its transformation is both intentional and inspirational.  The philosophy underpinning its metamorphosis makes Pachamama renowned Australia-wide.

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The Motivators … Pachamama

Childhood experiences in the high country of New South Wales and the Land of 10,000 Lakes situated in USA’s midwest inspired the creators of Pachamama.  The engagement of natural features, building products and indigenous cultures worldwide has resulted in learning environments that engender peace and wonder.

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What is … Pachamama

We get asked all the time, “What is Pachamama?”  In Incan mythology, she is an ‘Earth Mother’ and fertility goddess who presides over all nature.   Her shrines are hallowed rocks and boles of legendary trees.  After the Spanish colonisation of the Americas, the figure of the Virdin Mary was associated with that of the Pachamama for many of the indigenous people due to the religious syncretism.  We have created our Pachamama Early Education and Childcare to embody many of these ancient cultural philosophies.

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The Ascent to … Pachamama

Our Executive Centre Manager Rocky Beaton initially joined the Pachamama family in 2014 as a parent and Room Leader.  She now oversees almost every aspect of the Pachamama group, deeply influencing its very essence. 

Rocky reveals the struggles she endured prior to her dream job at Pachamama, and what it means to be an integral part of our family.

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