Program and Inclusions

Play Learn Grow

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Program

In the first years of life, children learn through everything they see, touch, taste, smell and hear. They love to explore, experiment, test and try over and over again.

 

Through play-based learning your child will be actively engaged in stimulating experiences that encourage them to discover themselves and the world around them. We aim to foster a curiosity for learning that they will take through to adulthood.

Our highly-qualified team of educators provide a balance of child lead learning and intentional teaching experiences that will support your child to develop their fine and gross motor physical skills, their cognitive ability, their language and communication and importantly, your child’s social and emotional development.

At the heart of our program is the understanding that all children are unique and have their own individual interests, preferences and abilities. We encourage a collaborative partnership with your family to develop a tailored approach for your child.

Nutrition

We believe that providing a variety of nutritious meals each day will support the growth and development of young bodies and minds.

We provide four meals a day that are prepared fresh on the premises by our qualified cook in a commercial grade kitchen.

 

Our menu is planned over a rotating five-week cycle so that all children receive a variety of food, tastes, aromas and textures across all days of attendance. Our menu is changed seasonally to take advantage of fresh seasonal produce from our local grocer.

Our menu and recipes have been selected using guidance from ‘Munch and Move NSW’.

We provide a tailored infant menu for babies, and we are able to cater for children with food restrictions.

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Storypark

See your child grow each day through our secure online platform.

We provide a daily photo journal, document your child's  development and you can access our monthly newsletter and centre updates. 

Happy Feet

Play, move, dance, sing and learn

every Tuesday with Happy Feet.

This aerobic movement class promotes physical development and rhythm, stimulates imagination and creativity, and builds confidence.

 

(at additional cost)

Incursions

A world of experience awaits us through our incursion program.

 

Your child can get up close to farm animals, reptiles, hatching eggs, or participate in dance, story, magic, music and cultural experiences.

 

(Three incursions per year at no extra cost)

Community

We are proud to be part of a supportive and diverse community.

 

We host frequent events,

cultural celebrations, weekend social gatherings and encourage families to share their interests, skills and culture.

frequently asked questions

Do you have a preschool program?


Yes, we provide a recognised preschool program taught by an Early Childhood Teacher. We have two preschool rooms, the Koalas for children aged 3 to 4 years and the Possums for children aged 4 to 6 years in their year before school. Eligible families can access 36hrs per fortnight of subsidised care through the CCSS Preschool Exemption.




What is the NQF?


The National Quality Framework (NQF) outlines the national standards and regulations for all childcare providers in Australia. This is regulated by the federal organisation ACECQA.

ACECQA undertake an assessment and rating of all services to determine that they are compliant and performing appropriately against the seven quality areas. The seven quality areas include educational program and practice, children’s health and safety, the physical environment, staffing arrangements, relationships with children, collaborative partnerships with families and communities and governance.

Kookaburra Kindergarten underwent an extensive assessment and rating process in 2019 and received a rating of ‘Meeting’ the National Quality Framework in all seven quality areas.




What is 'School Readiness'?


We provide a school readiness program that will prepare your child for their transition to primary school. Primary school is a big milestone in a young child's life, and the preparation process really begins much earlier than the year before school. From birth and over the course of the early learning years, children develop across all areas, including physical (fine and gross motor), language, communication, cognative and social and emotional well being. By the time children reach preschool they have already built a strong foundation. Play, Discover, Learn In the year before starting primary school, we continue to use a play based approach. Play is fun, it's engaging, stimulating and children love to do it! When children learn through play, they become active contributors and form a love for the process of learning. Literacy and numeracy skills In the preschool room we provide intentional play opportunities that will help your child form a stronger understanding of early numeracy, literacy and science. Activities that develop a comprehension of spacial awareness, maths language and concepts such as guessing and estimating, opposites, sorting, measuring, symbol recognition, patterns, problem solving and critical thinking. Your child will enjoy circle time, show and tell, music and drama, spanish classes, storytelling and imaginatve play and develop their language and cognative abilities. Through physical games, movement, drawing and craft children improve their hand eye coordination and build the foundation of writing. The primary school environment We will provide occassions for your child to become more familiar with the school environment where they can discover the differences between kindy and school. Your child will have fun as they practice wearing their new school uniform, eat out of a lunch box, and visit the local library and nearby park. We build a relationship with the local schools and work together so that your child will have a smooth transition to their next stage of education. Social and emotional development What is most important to us is your child's social and emotional development. By using your child's strengths and interests we will encourage their confidence, self-identity, independence and reslience. Through social interactions, role modeling, conversation, stories, pretend play and games we provide opportunites for your child to understand how to make new friends, be supportive, listen, neogiate, cooporate, resolve conflict and to practice empathy, tolerance and respect. We believe that learning these skills in the early years is the key to forming positive relationships and happiness throughout their life.




Do you suppy formula and nappies?


Parents are required to provide their own nappies and formula, as it is our experience that every family has their own preference of brand.