6 weeks - 2 years
The wombats' group has 2 permanent educators: one group leading educator (qualified with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or ACECQA approved equivalent training) and a second educator or assistant educator (holding either a Diploma or Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care respectively, or ACECQA approved equivalent training). If the permanent educators are absent, the centre has a very consistent group of relief staff to fill in for their absence, and the children generally become familiar with the relief educators.
Our Program has been developed using the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our vision encompasses belonging, being and becoming.
Belonging - knowing where and with whom you belong
Being – being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives
Becoming – becoming reflects the process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow
Our program itself is child-centered, child-initiated, spontaneous and ever-changing.
Children may participate in colouring, painting, gluing, play-dough, sand play, water play, bike riding, jumping, reading, and singing. This list could go on forever. What you need to know is this, your child will smile, laugh, learn to make friends, build, create, be inspired, inspire others, learn conflict resolution, learn to wait for a turn, learn to help themselves and others, sing, be sung to, read, be read to, run, jump and hop but more than anything they will have FUN.
Sometimes, based on recent observations, we plan experiences. These may be due to a particular interest an individual or group may have or there may be a celebration or event that the children wish to further investigate.
You will be able to see what happened each day by reading the Program journal located inside the room.
We welcome and encourage family participation so please feel free to chat to any of our Educators about anything regarding our Program.
All meals are to be provided by families for their children. Please pack all food and drink items that your child will need for their stay in care. Please inform staff of any food allergies your child may have. The centre asks that families do not pack nuts or nut products (peanut butter, nutella, some muesli bars) for their child as some children and educators can have severe allergic reactions to these items. The centre has a microwave, fridge and bottle warmer to prepare meals as necessary, and we also provide bibs, face washers, bowls and cutlery (it is not necessary to pack these items). If your child is present for a routine meal time (9am, 11am, 2pm) we would appreciate you packing a snack for them so they can sit and eat with the group. If you are looking for meal or snack ideas, our educators are always available and happy to discuss healthy eating ideas for children.
What to bring?
Pack everything together in a clearly labelled bag for your child:
This is the standard routine for the wombats, however we are happy to do our best to follow your child's home routine where possible in regards to meal and sleep times.
7:30am Centre opens. Meet outside if weather permits, or find centre educators in the pre-kindy, babies or toddlers room to transition your child.
9:00am Morning Tea
10:00am Nappy check, morning sleeps, free play/activities
11:30am Nappy check, midday sleeps, free play/activities
1:00pm Nappy checks
2:00pm Afternoon Tea
2:30pm Afternoon sleeps
3:00pm Nappy check, free play/activities
5:00pm Centre closes
'Free play" can occur inside or outside depending on the weather. Free play is an opportunity for the children to explore their environment and play with the available toys. Educators offer planned and spontaneous experiences during this time such as dancing, craft, bubble blowing, water play etc.