We have developed specialised rooms for all applicable age groups that cater to their individual needs within a group setting.
0-2 years old
We aim to provide a welcoming, nurturing environment for all children and their families.
Supporting children’s agency and growing independence is important to us, so our routines are arranged as valuable learning opportunities where children are active participants and decision makers.
We celebrate each child’s uniqueness and individuality which is reflected in the program we develop. Each child’s interests and emerging skills are supported and self-expression encouraged. Educators display empathy when small children experience strong emotions and take time to understand when children communicate through verbal or other means.
We value the parent as a child’s primary caregiver and life educator. Having a strong relationship with parents helps us to support a child’s learning, growth and overall wellbeing.
2-3 years old
In the 2-3 room we use play as a vehicle for learning. During the day children engage in play areas that are planned to support different aspects of learning and that reflect the interests of the children. Most experiences in this room don’t result in a product to be taken home as the outcomes for this age group are often focused on self-expression, exploration and growing a sense of independence and agency.
We aim for children to feel safe, secure and supported in the learning environment. Educators actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences with interactions that foster high level thinking skills. We believe that when educators model a positive approach to learning that children are more likely to become confident and eager to take on new challenges.
Our 3’s kinder is integrated into long day care at no additional cost. Families can access childcare subsidy and long day care hours. A 2 hour 3’s session is run by an early childhood teacher each day between 9am and 11am.
Our three’s program is aimed directly at the developmental needs of 3 year old children. We provide children with a wide range of experiences, allowing the children to make decisions about what they engage in and where they can discover, create, improvise and imagine in a play-based learning environment.
Our program is rich in opportunities to engage in early literacy and numeracy, problem solving and investigation. We use our understanding of children’s strengths and interests to plan for advances in development for individuals and groups of children. We also provide opportunities to engage in the wider community.
During their kindergarten year children form a strong sense of their own identity and establish and build on relationships with others.
We believe that if children are to reach their full potential, that their kindergarten environment must be inclusive and free from bias, where they are happy, have fun and feel valued for their individuality.
We believe play is essential for the development of intellectual, social, physical and creative skills and abilities. Our play-based program approach involves educators working alongside children during teacher guided play and learning and child-initiated play and learning based on children’s interests, strengths, skills and development. Our interest-based curriculum provides opportunities for all children and families to have a voice and for children to discover more, dig deeper and construct further knowledge about their world in ways that are meaningful to them.
Our kindergarten groups are small with an Early Childhood Teacher and Diploma qualified Educator for 17 children. There is flexibility with a flowing indoor/outdoor program, meal areas inside and outside and opportunities for rest and relaxation inside and outside. Without the constraints of traditional routine times, educators and children have time to engage in sustained, shared thinking and projects.
Excursions such as Sale library and art gallery, Maffra gymnastics and incursions such as Museum Victoria Outreach program, responsible pet ownership program and indigenous story tellers form an important part of our program.
Kindergarten sessions run between 9am and 2pm each day with long daycare before and after. Children must turn 4 by 30th April to be eligible and will be offered at least 3 days depending on parental work/study requirements.