Child Side Playgroup

and School follows

child protection and

protective behaviour

processes.  We deliver

the Keeping Safe: Child

Protection Curriculum.



is inspired
by the

practices of

which are
woven into a
flexible & organic
style of education
designed for

What We Offer
High adult to child ratio

each child is well-known, cared about and unlikely to slip through the cracks

Small by design

we can seriously personalise learning and academically challenge every child and humanise the process

Highly researched

innovative practice relevant to living in the 21st Century, connecting children to the world rather than isolating them behind four walls and a door; children who can cope and thrive with modern living and its requirements


work place conducive for all children to ‘be, belong, become’ – engaged and responsive children enjoying their childhood and education


Child Side School is an independent, co-education school covering K-10 year levels in an intentionally multi-aged setting based upon research about the developing brain and quality learning environments for living and learning in the 21st Century.

Our school is ‘small by design’ and approaches learning ‘one child at a time’ within a personalised learning community.

We are a member of Big Picture Education Australia (BPEA). We are also a member of AISWA (Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia).

Our focus is on developing responsible, engaged life-long learners and we utilise Dr. Louise Porter’s ‘Guiding Children’s Behaviour’ approach, Maggie Dent’s emotional resiliency approach and restorative justice approaches to develop social competence/responsibility, work place skills, life skills and emotional intelligence.

We view literacy and numeracy as sets of essential, useful and exciting tools to utilise to interact and thrive in our current world.

Children are offered a quality, personalised approach to learning literacy and numeracy in real life contexts.

Our Vision is congruent with REIEA’s (Reggio Emilia Information Exchange Australia) vision.

“REIEA (and Child Side School) has a vision for a just and civil society that values our shared humanity, fosters strong democratic communities, recognises the uniqueness of each individual, and appreciates diversity….. We recognise that all children have a right to be heard, to be respected, and to feel a sense of belonging to their family, school and community. We see this as a foundation for becoming responsible citizens of the world.”

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