Our educational program

Our play based learning values individual children’s needs, strengths and interests. We have a flexible and fun approach to learning.  Our curriculum includes planned experiences and opportunities for spontaneous learning.

We operate with an emergent curriculum, leveraging children’s unique interests and abilities to help them grow in all developmental areas. We operate three rooms grouped according to age.

Zero to two years old education

In our zero to two age group, our educators plan experiences and routines that include opportunities for engagement and learning.  We provide varied learning experiences which help children to make connections to their environment and to people.

For all young children, a sense of security and attachment is incredibly important.  Our educators have a specific focus on helping children feel safe and developing confidence in a new environment.

Eight places each day.
Two to three years old educationIn our two to three age group we extend children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.  Children will be given opportunities to work in small groups to help develop their skills in sharing and cooperation.  We encourage some independent skills but balance this a sense of community minded-ness.Eight places each day.
Three to five year old educationIn our three to five year age group you will find an environment just waiting to be explored and engaged with.  Educators encourage self-selection of learning materials and following individual interests while also practising intentional teaching.  The educators work together with children on shared projects, extending their ideas and understanding of the world.22 places each day.

Behaviour guidance

We use a positive approach to behaviour guidance, focusing on developing an understanding of the rights of everyone to be safe and included in our community. Educators will initiate discussions with you or respond to your inquiries if you have particular areas of concern. We will work together to develop a Behaviour Guidance Plan if necessary, outlining strategies that can be implemented here and at home to guide behaviour.

Our educators

In each classroom we have fully qualified educators who invest a lot of time and energy into getting to know individual children and communicating with families so we can work toward shared goals. 

We have additional educators who also cover planning, professional development training and leave so that the ratio of educators to children always meets the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care.

Cost

Full week$590
Full day$120
Public holidays100% of fee
Absences100% of fee
Late feeThe fee charged for the late collection of children after 6.00pm will be $40.00 for every 15 minutes or part of.

Applying for the childcare subsidy

Your family may be eligible to receive a reduction on childcare fees through the Child Care Subsidy.

Visit the Centrelink website to understand if you meet the requirements to receive Government support. If you are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy, you must submit a claim via myGov to receive a fee reduction.

What we provide

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Incursions and excursions
  • A record of your child’s routine for the day. E.g. Sleep time, nappy changes etc.
  • Toilet training assistance. Educators are knowledgeable in recognising signs of readiness and will work collaboratively with you in the process of your child developing the physical and cognitive abilities that children require to be able to go to the toilet independently.

What you need to provide

  • A named water bottle
  • A nutritious lunch in a named lunchbox (nutrition guidelines and food ideas). Due to the serious risk of life threatening allergic reactions, all staff, parents and visitors must not bring nuts into the service. This includes whole nuts, nut oils, and nut products which include nuts, peanut butter, Nutella, satays, some muesli bars and some biscuits.
  • If your child suffers from nappy rash, please provide a named, in-date nappy cream for your child. We will ask for you to sign a permission form to allow us to apply this cream to your child and will follow your directions for non-medicated creams.
  • Your own nappies, sunscreen or wipes if your child has a reaction to our centre provided ones.
  • Comforter/ transition item/blankets/dummies (if required for your child)
  • A named suitable hat (broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style). For when UV levels are 3 or above. Visit the Sun Smart website for more information.
  • Appropriate clothing for warm or cold weather, including a warm jacket and hat for outdoor learning in the cooler months.
  • At least one extra change of weather appropriate clothes.

Allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma and other medical conditions

We are committed to the health and safety of the children at our service. All educators have current First Aid qualifications which include annual Asthma and Anaphylaxis refresher sessions. Our educator’s actions are guided by the Dealing with Medical Conditions Policy, Administration of First Aid Policy, Anaphylaxis Policy, Asthma Policy, Diabetes Policy, Epilepsy Policy, Dealing with Infectious Diseases Policy, Administration of Medication Policy and the Incident Injury Accident and Illness Policy. 

If your child has a medical condition including Asthma, Allergies, or Anaphylaxis, we will require:

  • A medical action plan, completed by your family doctor.
  • Named, in-date prescribed medication as per the medical advice.
  • Risk minimisation and communication plan.

Our educators will develop a communication and risk minimisation plan with you to ensure important information is shared and documented.

Further information about specific medical conditions can be found at the front desk at Early Years at MC Square. 

How we communicate with you

  • Our educators offer information verbally at pick-up and drop off times.
  • Information such as sleep times and nappy changes can be viewed in the room.
  • A daily reflection is completed by the educators each day and will offer insight into the learning experiences children have engaged with.
  • Our educators complete observations and planning for your child in their individual portfolios.
  • We encourage parents/guardians to call throughout the day to enquire about their child’s day.
  • If you would like a more in depth discussion you can schedule a one-on-one meetings with your child’s educator.

Get involved as a parent

We value a collaborative approach to Early Childhood Education and Care and value you as your child’s first teacher.

We love incorporating aspects of your family life into our program. Parents are always welcome to view documentation about their child and can also contribute their own ideas and thoughts to the program and documentation.

If you have a special skill or interest we invite you to share it with the children. We have had some great parent-led musical experiences and storytimes that help strengthen the relationship between home and the early learning environment.

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