Cultivating curiosity with a nurturing learning environment

It’s no secret that the child’s interest and voice are at the core of a successful learning environment. With a consent-based pedagogy, children are empowered through their autonomy and choices. Nestled amongst the Sunshine Coast tropical hinterland, Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure provides childcare in Buderim. The centre focuses on building a nurturing learning environment where children thrive through real-life learning, independence, curiosity, and a deep connection with nature.

We visit this forward-thinking childcare service to find out what goes into building a nurturing learning environment for little learners.


Care for the environment is intrinsic to a nurturing learning environment

Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Childcare in Buderim is deeply rooted in nature. The centre boasts an active worm farm, a native bee hive, and a bush tucker garden. All provide children with firsthand opportunities to engage with the natural world. Tending to real garden beds allows the children to witness the growth cycle and develop a profound appreciation for the environment. Through these experiences, children learn about sustainability and cultivate a sense of responsibility towards the planet.


Turning mealtime rituals into learning moments

Sanctuary Buderim sees all children as capable, which is why mealtime rituals are embedded from the baby’s studio through to the Kindergarten room.

Children are invited to set the table at mealtimes with a tablecloth, real crockery, glassware, flowers, and a candle.

This experience sets the scene for mealtimes and provides children with a sense of respect and belonging. During mealtime, children also self-serve and, at times, serve their friends—further establishing their sense of independence and care for others.


Ongoing professional learning with a pedagogical leader

Central to Sanctuary’s vision is the ongoing professional learning with Kelly Goodsir. The Sanctuary Buderim team has worked with Kelly to deepen their focus on a child-led program and consent-based pedagogy, concentrating also on small grouping. By prioritising each child’s interests and agency, Sanctuary creates an environment where learning is meaningful and engaging.

Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Childcare in Buderim provides more intentional learning opportunities and care for their children and families. All you need to do is walk through their front door to see and feel the impact this is making.

For more information, you can contact the centre directly on 07 5322 5247, email them at , or visit



By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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