The One Tree philosophy

The One Tree philosophy incorporates Reggio Emilia and Steiner approaches to early education and care.

It is based on three principles:

1. Our image of the child.

  • Viewing children as competent individuals and encourage them to follow their own curiosity, interests and capabilities.
  • Opening each child’s learning to ‘the village’ – by including parents, family and the community.

2. Our environments.

  •  Applying a sustainable lens to what materials we use.
  •  Up-cycling our furniture, use recycled materials in our learning activities, and ask for donations from the community.
  • Aiming to reflect local culture at all our services.
  • Designing our services to ‘feel like home’ to assist children to give children a sense of belonging.

3. Our programming and curriculum.

  • Using individual portfolios and learning documentation for each child.
  • Encouraging parents and families to engage in the curriculum.

We see our One Tree philosophy as a continual journey with staff, children, their families and community.

The Defence Childcare Program is designed to provide childcare to Defence personnel families and local communities.
If you want to enrol your child into a long day care, which include intergrated kindergarten programs please visit our services page at
We have One Tree Defence Childcare services across Australia. Please choose the state you live in to see a listing of services for that state.
The One Tree Defence Childcare Unit also offers out of school hours care and vacation care in some areas.
Defence families that need help in finding a long day care, out of school hours care or vacation care can get assistance from our Individual Case Management (ICM) service.
The link to the ICM page is: