What kind of curriculum do you follow?
Our Educators will purposefully scaffold children’s learning based on children’s interests, interactions, open-ended questions in collaboration with families, community and our Christian Curriculum. The program will be play based and focus on the holistic development of each child, supporting them in their individual strengths and abilities all the while sharing Christian beliefs throughout the curriculum in a non-biased way, instilling an awareness of God’s love for all individuals and introducing the values of God’s word. Our programs are also guided by the requirements of the National Quality Standards, Early Years Learning Framework; QLD Kindergarten Learning Guidelines and the My Time Our Place.
Is there a sleep or rest time?
It is important that opportunities for rest and relaxation, as well as sleep, are provided. Obviously we provide cots for babies to sleep according to their own routine. If a child requests a rest, or if they are showing clear signs of tiredness, regardless of the time of day, there will be a comfortable, safe area available for them to rest. Generally after lunch, those children who do wish to sleep are provided with a bed, and assisted to relax without being disrupted. Those children who do not wish to sleep are provided with alternative quiet activities and experiences. As the Bolwarra (Kindergarten) children begin preparing for school life, they will also have an opportunity to rest after lunch, but will be provided with a cushion, rather than a bed, allowing them to sit with quiet activities or lay down to rest as they choose.
Is outdoor play supervised?
Effective supervision requires a combination of observation and engagement. Educators need to assess and respond to children’s supervision needs in conjunction with engaging in play experiences with children to promote quality learning opportunities. • They will be scanning or regularly looking around the area to observe all children in the environment to ensure that all children are actively supervised. Educators will avoid standing with their backs to children and undertaking tasks that will distract them from supervising children. • Educators will listen carefully to children and note any changes of tone or volume in their voice. Noting these changes can assist in supervising children who may not be in direct vision. • Educators will evaluate situations to determine the potential risks and benefits for children’s health, safety and wellbeing. Observing children’s play and anticipating what may occur next allows educators to assist children as difficulties arise and to intervene when there is a potential danger to children.
What are the staff qualifications?
Minimum qualifications require educators to hold Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and require that at least 50% of educators also hold the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. The Kindergarten program will be lead by an Early Childhood Bachelor qualified teacher, and from 2020, there will be a second Bachelor trained teacher on site.
How are tuition and fees determined?
Full fees are dependent on the sessions you choose, and you may be eligible for Child Care Subsidy from the government, based on your activity and income, that will decrease your out of pocket expenses.