- Clothes to wear
- Rest and sleep times
- Eating and nutrition
- Learning and progress
- Daily routines
Clothes to wear
Your child should wear something comfortable that allows for full body movement. Things can get messy while children are having fun at the Centre, and they should not wear very special clothes. Whilst we try to make sure that everyone is dressed appropriately for indoor and outdoor play, we are sensitive to cultural differences and respect your child’s preferences.
In summer appropriate clothes include t-shirts, shirts, dresses with sleeves to protect the shoulders (short or capped are OK), long pants, shorts and skirts. Fabrics with a close weave (e.g. cotton, cotton/polyester, linen) are light and cool to wear and protect against the sun,
In winter your child should be dressed warmly, with a few layers that can be removed for comfort. Pack in a jacket and a warm hat or beanie covering the ears in case it gets windy and cold. Closed shoes and socks are preferred.
Your child should wear a hat with a broad brim (minimum 6 cm) when playing outside. Caps are OK if they have a 6 cm brim and a flap at the back. Bucket-style hats should have a deep crown and sit low on the head.
Rest and sleep times
For the 0-2 year old children, sleep and rest periods are provided in accordance with their routines. The rest period is usually after lunch, and some children may also need morning rests. We follow the recommendations for the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Rest periods are adjusted as children grow older
Rest periods are usually between 12.00pm to 12:30pm, and 2:00 to 2:30pm. The 3 – 5 year old children usually rest after lunch for about half an hour. Not all children fall asleep, but we make sure that everyone is comfortable. Quiet activities are provided after the initial rest period.
Your child may get more tired than usual after a day at the Centre, as she or he will be playing with other children and moving around a lot. A little more sleep may be needed at home.
Eating and nutrition
Our meals are balanced and nutritional, and we use organic and local produce in season. We are very aware of allergy issues, and do not use nuts in our cooking. We can cater to special needs or dietary requirements.
A hot lunch is usually provided, and morning and afternoon teas. Breakfast may also be provided for children arriving very early at the Centre. Our menus fulfil at least half the daily nutritional intake for age and development. Birthdays are celebrated!
Learning and progress
We believe that children learn best through play, self-discovery and social interactions. Age-appropriate learning is promoted as a natural activity with meaning and purpose.
We offer enriched, high quality educational programs, tailored specifically to your child’s interest and developmental needs. We follow the NSW Children’s Services Curriculum Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework. These guidelines are based on many years’ research into children’s neurological progress, growth and development.
You can see your child’s programmed learning, reflections and observations at any time. We maintain your child’s portfolio throughout the year, and give you the completed portfolio at Christmas time.
We endeavour to provide a home and family environment where children can feel comfortable and secure. Our activities are purposeful and tailored to each child. The regular routines are displayed in each room, and include both the fun activities and the educational programs.
We vary our routines according to the weather, the season and the children’s interests. Special events and current activities outside the Centre can be catered for. We also collaborate with families to provide learning and experiences that are most relevant for their children. Parents and friends are welcome to attend our Centre and anyone with skills is especially welcomed, such as in storytelling, singing, music, juggling, gardening, bee-keeping, farming, or the environment.
Activities outside the usual curriculum may be provided, such as lessons in art, dancing, crafts, storytelling, junior sporting and gross motor skills, environmental awareness and technological information.
As your child grows older and gradually transitions from room to room, and then to ‘big school’, we will work in partnership with you to ensure a smooth transition.
Our school readiness program assists children with the transition to ‘big’ school. We have affiliations with all the local schools, and can arrange visits for children who attending Kindergarten the following year.