Our qualified cook prepares three meals a day for the children in our care in line with the Australian Nutrition Guideline. Even the fussiest of eaters will love our monthly rotating menu. After all, what child doesn’t enjoy chicken parmigiana and vegetable lasagna?
Like us, our cook is dedicated to helping the children get the best start in life, and, as we all know, a healthy body equals a healthy mind. We are also happy to work with any dietary requirements for food allergies, religious requirements and cultural needs. This is always done with the utmost respect and inclusiveness.
We encourage the children to express themselves in a variety of mediums on a daily basis including the use of our home corner, role play with our dress-up costumes, invention with our puppets, art and craft resources, paints and cardboard.
Cultural exchange and the exploration of diversity is promoted at the centre. We teach the children about culture and diversity using books, songs, storytelling, art and food. We also hold regular information sessions run by local community groups and take excursions to places of interest.
As part of our commitment to cultural exchange, we are currently trialling a new program called the Lingoland language course whereby children will learn new languages. We also work with charities to help the homeless and run a program with the local old-aged home whereby the children visit monthly and do arts and crafts, construction play and take part in storytelling with the residents.
- Work with the Helena Valley Primary School Playgroup
- Bush Kinder Adventures
- Visits from wildlife and their carers
- Trialling Lingoland language course
- Work with charities, community group and residences of care
- Biweekly Happy feet dance lessons
Annual special events:
- Chinese New Year
- St Patricks Day
- Australia Day
Children with Additional Needs
We welcome all children with a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds or needs. If your child requires extra medical, emotional or learning support, we will tailor our care for them and work closely with you to ensure they have a smooth transition into our centre. This includes seeking support from other networks or professionals to bridge any gaps in our service delivery.
Some of the additional needs and support which can be provided at our centre include but are not limited to:
- English as a second language
- Autism spectrum
- Physical disabilities
- Minor or serious medical conditions
- Emotional issues
Our team cultivates a warm atmosphere of inclusion through continuous improvement and open communication. We are confident that your child will benefit from our dedicated approach to care and education.
Please speak to our staff about your child’s individual needs and how we can accommodate them.
Together we can create a plan to help them reach their full potential.
Child Safety & Welfare
All aspects of our operations are in line with the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. This includes our Health and Safety policy. All educators follow our health and safety policies and procedures and have access to these online.
We understand that leaving your child in someone else’s care is a difficult thing to do. We assure you that safety is our top priority and our educators follow safety practices every day.
At all times, we ensure that our centre is secure and free of hazards, both inside and out. Fire drills and UV checks are a regular part of our informed approach to safety. We emphasise safety education by creating an atmosphere of safety awareness in all aspects of the day. You will see visual safety guides around our centre, such as our sun smart posters. These tools support our lessons about safety, which we discuss as part of the curriculum. We take every opportunity to act as role models, pointing out tripping or slipping hazards and putting hats and sunscreen on for outdoor play. We talk about stranger danger so that children can build awareness and can freely talk to us if they are scared or worried. We aim to teach children to think about their own safety habitually too.