Our daily program reflects the
interests of both children and educators as co-collaborators
in learning. Educators document the experiences that
children are involved in through-out the day with
an emphasis on building and strengthening relationships.
A daily question or ‘provocation’
provides a starting point for the children to
plan and structure their day and this provides
a learning story which is recorded in an individual
portfolio. These may be group or individual stories
that focus on their interests. Each child has
an Educator that is their Primary Caregiver
and that is the educator who documents their learning
in the portfolio. This portfolio is a “living
document” that embraces the concepts of
Belonging, Being and Becoming from the Early Years
Learning Framework. Families and educators work
together to enhance learning opportunities for
Our daily art program, facilitated
by the Art Educator teaches skills of working
with materials and media to help children create
and document their ideas and learning. The art
program allows children time to think, to pause,
to wonder about the world around them.
The physical environment is aesthetically
pleasing, inviting and incorporates natural playspaces.
Our vegetable garden grows herbs and vegetables
which are used in the kitchen and the water tank
and worm farm form part of our sustainability
program. The Centre has installed solar panels
on the roof to minimise future energy costs.
Our meals are prepared by our
cook and provide more than 50% of a child’s
daily nutritional requirements. Children can watch
the cook prepare meals and often participate in
cooking experiences. All children and educators have
lunch together in the dining room. We promote
healthy eating habits and use local fresh produce
The Centre provides morning and
afternoon tea, lunch and a late afternoon tea.
Milk is provided at morning and afternoon tea
and water is available throughout the day. Children
and babies with allergies and on special diets
can be catered for and the centre is “nut-free”.
The centre provides all:
- Linen for beds and cots
– We select a variety of in-house visitors
and/or performers through-out the year that provide
musical, cultural, scientific and wildlife shows,
based on the interests of the children.
Pre-school children have the opportunity to attend
outside excursions during the year. These are
normally to the local park, library, shopping
centre or the Newcastle Art Gallery.
- Each year the children are involved in projects
which may be short or long term. These projects
may come from the children, staff, families
or community events. There is an emphasis on
literacy, numeracy, community and the environment.
Projects involve in depth documentation and
often excursions into the community.
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