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

About Us

  • Intentionally small and personal learning environment
  • Child friendly rhythms of the day
  • High adult – child ratio

Child Side School is an intentionally small and personal, not-for-profit independent school. We are a fully registered member of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA).

Our school was founded by parents who are also teachers. They wanted to offer their own children and others an authentic childhood through positive learning conditions. Learning is connected and based upon knowledge about the developing brain.

We are unique in the area with our approach to learning and parenting, with the whole school and playgroup following the philosophy “it takes a whole village to raise a child well”. We have been inspired by the principles and practices of the schools of Reggio Emilia and draw on some aspects of the Steiner approach; in particular their respect and reverence of the child and the importance of the learning environment. The “village”:

  • must remain personal, involved and proactive so we have small classes with a high adult to child ratio;
  • is encouraged to learn about how the brain develops;
  • offers children a low-stress environment free of commercial and popular pressures and
  • provides daily rhythms that are suited to the developmental needs of children.

We “walk the talk” as parents and teachers and lead by example; we want our children to be accountable, responsible, constructive and happy. We feel that the way to stay connected to our children is to stay actively involved with their education and not hand-ball it over to the educators.

The linked TED talk really sums up what we believe in at Child Side School so if you have the time have a look at Sir Ken Robinsons’ inspiring TED talk on Changing the Education Paradigm.

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