Our 0-2 room provides a warm, safe environment for your baby. It’s resourced with age appropriate resources and caring and gentle educators who develop nurturing relationships with your baby. We understand how important it is to maintain your home routine to our best ability to ensure your baby’s daily transition into our care is always as smooth as possible.
During this first year of your baby’s life, they are developing a picture of themselves based on the experiences they have and the relationships they create. Our program supports your baby’s growth and development by offering lots of different activities so they can engage in sensory exploration to enhance their cognitive and motor skills. We do things like playing with soft toys, sensory play, arts and crafts, tummy time, mirror play, listening to music, story time, outdoor play including sustainability activities and food experiences.
Our centres provide a stimulating and fun environment to enhance your child’s learning in their early years. Learning starts long before school, with the first five years of a child’s life being crucial to laying the foundations for their ability to learn throughout their later years. We have designed our program to give real-life learning experiences for your child. As a toddler, children are opening to new challenges as their communication skills expand and they learn to concentrate, experiment and play. Our educators support this phase through a program of play-based learning activities to help them explore their own interests and strengths.
Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming, is at the heart of our approach to early years education. The framework’s emphasis is on play-based learning. This includes things like singing to help your child learn about language; drawing with pencils and crayons to help them express their feelings and encourage writing; playing with shapes and patterns to develop their problem-solving skills; outdoor sustainability activities to help gain knowledge and how to keep our environment clean and safe; and group activities to build their social skills. At our centre, you will find plenty of space that inspire your child’s creativity and imagination, for important building social skills and self-confidence. Our toys and play equipment and resources are the types that would typically be found in the home, to help your child feel comfortable.
Our preschool program provides every opportunity to prepare your child for a positive start to their schooling years. Here our educators conduct a balance between child-initiated, spontaneous and internal teaching activities.
While still focusing on attentive care and play-based learning, our educators will foster your child’s natural desire to engage with educational programs for life. We deliver a school readiness program that allows your child to slowly adapt to the new school environment socially, emotionally and mentally before they even arrive.
This program teaches the children a variety of literacy and numeracy skills, including how to write their names, identification of simple numbers and shapes, recognition skills, such as identifying their school bags, and a range of communications skills, tools and tactics. 3-4 months before the end of the year, we encourage the parents to bring in a lunch box full of food that will be taken to school for their child to gain knowledge and experience what recess and lunch is like at school. Around this time, we also have excursions to a school near by to experience what school is like for a week, for 1-2 a day. With this happening the children are shown the library, the boys’ and girls’ toilets, canteen and play areas within the school. It gives the children the experience and the feeling of what school will be all about.
School readiness in children includes many different skills and behaviours, such as:
Being able to get along with other children, demonstrate basic manners, assert themselves, and being able to play independently as well as with other children.
Being able to manage their emotions, cope with minimal adult contact in large groups, focus on tasks, follow directions and instructions from teachers, cope with the stress of the new school environment, and understand the rules.
Being able to talk and listen to adults and other children, speak clearly, communicate needs, understand stories, and begin to identify some letters and sounds.
Basic number sense, basic thinking skills, being able to wait and take turns.
Basic health, fine motor skills (such as being able to grip a pencil and turn pages in a book) and physical coordination (being able to run, jump, climb, and play ball).
Basic skills to manage their needs without adult supervision, such as going to the toilet, dressing, unwrapping their lunch and managing their belongings.