Our menu rotates on a monthly basis and is designed to meet all of the expected nutritional requirements. Our chef is happy to work to dietary requirements when asked, whether they be intolerance or culturally based. Some of the menu options available include sandwiches, chicken pasta with vegetables, devilled sausages, tuna bake with salad, zucchini quiche and fried rice. To add to our commitment to health and nutrition, all of our educators have completed nutrition courses, and we use the vegetables we grow at the centre in the meals, which the children absolutely love.
Creativity and imagination is always encouraged and we have a number of resources to enhance these moments, including our tent display, Lego, wooden blocks, magnets, paints, arts and crafts, our home corner and the use of playdough.
We often take the children on excursions and welcome guests that teach us about many different things. We regularly host visits from the traditional owners of the land in which we work and play, the Butchella people, as part of this commitment.
- Charity events and fundraisers
- Tending to our herb and vegetable gardens
- Monthly Aboriginal language lessons
- Story time reading - visits from staff at our local library
- Yarning Circles
Annual special events:
- Chinese New Year
- St Patrick’s Day
- Australia Day
- NAIDOC Week
Our centre promotes sustainability and has its own vegetable garden, worm farm, bamboo wall and many other natural and homemade features. The children love our hand-crafted bike track, up-cycled sinks and wood pallets. We also encourage the children to conserve water and collect food scraps for the educators and families that have chickens at their homes. Our aim is to make sustainability a habit and a way of life, not a second thought.
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.