6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
At Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten Fairfield Waters, the play-based curriculum is meaningful and based on evidence and understanding of the developmental and emotional needs of each child. The educators base their learning on approved Frameworks and theorists. The Educational Philosophy is based on Howard Gardiner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
The centre provides an inclusive program, tailored to the individual needs of children. When developing lifelong skills, the educators believe that it is important to introduce all children to the world holistically. Along with the typical development skills that are learnt, children will develop empathy, social connectedness, sharing, understanding, and a way to develop awareness of, and support for, their peers as they immerse themselves in the program. This learning assists to create lifelong positive social connections.
Nursery : 6 weeks to 2 years
The educators have strong relationships with the children and aim to make each baby feel safe, secure and supported. The educators bond with the children by taking part in different activities, and just by spending time with them. The activities are designed to engage and stimulate learning. This type of play helps children learn skills such as communicating, thinking, problem-solving, moving, and socialising.
Toddlers: 15 months to 2 years
Educators seek to build relationships with the curious toddlers, through a variety of activities that help engage and stimulate the children. Learning through play is the main way that children grow and develop. Play allows children to explore, observe, experiment, solve problems, and sometimes make mistakes.
Junior Kindy: 2 years to 3 years
The children enjoy the indoor-outdoor program, as educators understand that for a lot of children they prefer to play and learn outside. Some of the activities include looking at books, painting, running, and playing games. All of the activities help the children learn independently, in small groups, or as a whole group.
Pre Kindergarten: 2.5 years to 5 years
The educators run an indoor outdoor program, to allow the children to run and expel energy. This focuses on the children’s gross motor development as well as teaching them how to socialise with others. The educators spend time getting to know the children, building a reciprocal relationship with them and their parents. Some of the activities include paint, playdough, construction and puzzles.
Kindergarten: 3 years to 5 years
The educators in the kindergarten room focus on play-based learning, which is delivered as part of an approved Kindergarten Program. This program will help prepare children for school, develop a love of learning, make friends and develop skills useful for life. The flexible indoor-outdoor program is tailored to the individual development of each child and embraces the educators’ strong connections with families. There are specific areas for reading, writing, and construction, with a view of preparing children for the next steps in formal learning.
At Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten Fairfield Waters, the supportive and dedicated team of long-term educators bring a breadth of experience in child care, and work closely with families to develop programs that suit each individual child.
The educators uphold a positive spirit of professional, honest, and happy interactions with the families of the children in their care. They support and mentor collaborative relationships and acknowledge and support each team member’s diverse strengths, knowledge, and experiences and promote ethical leadership. The centre regularly engages in reflective practices and shows commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing learning to ensure the highest quality care and education is provided and maintained at all times.
I am passionate about Early Childhood – the personal reward, the satisfaction it brings, and making a difference in young lives now and for future generations to come. I am also passionate about offering children a learning environment about our world, and making a difference through Wellbeing, Sustainability and Cultural Diversity. Supporting and guiding educators in their personal professional journey and growth, as they find their passion and work towards building and expanding their knowledge and understanding of the Early Childhood industry, is very important to me.
I am a mum of 6 children, my heart is full of love. I have lived in Townsville for over 15 years, and over that time I have travelled around Australia, exploring our beautiful country. My family comes from Longreach and I grew up on a sheep and cattle station when I was younger. Now you know a little about me, I would like to have the opportunity to get to know you. I’m looking forward to meeting you and beginning this wonderful journey with your family.
Kaylee Duiker, Centre Manager, Imagine Childcare & Kindergarten Fairfield Waters
Since I have started working here at Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten it has felt like home. The staff have been warm and inviting as well as parents. I have enjoyed working closely with the other educators, and getting to know our families. Family is important ,and it is through our partnerships with parents that children succeed.
Anne Marie, Educator
The centre understands that nutrition plays an important role in each child’s physical development as well as their attitudes towards healthy food.
All meals and snacks are prepared onsite by professional qualified chefs every day. The children work alongside the educators to care for the centre’s vegetable patches, and these vegetables are then used in the kitchen or for cooking experiences with the children.
The educators use meal time as an opportunity to share positive experiences around food and to help children develop social skills such as sharing and turn taking. They role model positive behaviours and attitudes, and involve the children in the menu planning.
All food allergies, intolerances, cultural requirements and family preferences are taken into account by consulting with parents when meal planning for the children.
The children enjoy lunches such as sandwiches, risotto, shepherd’s pies, home-made sausage rolls, pasta and tacos. For snacks they enjoy fresh fruit, homemade muffins and slice.
Harriet is ten months old and she starts her day off exploring the outdoor play area and gardens. Her Mum chats to her educators about her sleep patterns before she heads off to work.
It’s nearly nap time and Harriet and her friends are sitting with an educator who is reading some books outside in the shade. Harriet is happy that her favourite book is being read next.
The children are enjoying some play dough. With the help of her educator, Harriet is squashing and squeezing the dough into shapes.
Jeremy is two and loves to start his day with some messy play in the sandpit. He adds some water to the sand before shaping it into mounds for his trucks to drive on.
Jeremy is helping to make pizza dough with the centre chef today. He tips in the flour and has a turn kneading the dough.
Jeremy and his friends are trying out the centre’s yoga program. He lays down at the end for some quiet time and feels very relaxed.
Alice is four years old and loves playing in the centre’s mini water park. She and her friends put their swimmers on and cool off under the water spray.
Alice sits with her friends at the viewing window and watches the trains pass by the centre. The children wave at the trains and then they play a game where they are passengers on an imaginary train.
Alice helps the centre chef prepare some blueberry muffins for the children to enjoy for afternoon tea. She measures the flour and adds it to the bowl, then helps to grease the tins.
Care for children under school age, on premises especially built or adapted for early childhood education and care services. Private operators, local councils, community organisations, employers and non-profit organisations may run long day care centres.Occasional, Casual or Flexible Care
Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care Services provide short periods of care for children under school age. Families can access Occasional, Flexible or Casual Care on either a regular or casual basis a variety of reasons including, shift or part-time work, respite care, crisis and emergency care, shopping or attending appointments.Pre-school / Kindergarten / Prep
Pre-school is a planned educational program for children in the years before a child commences school. Children are usually aged between 3 and 5 years of age. Pre-school may take place in a range of settings including a purpose built building, in a community setting, a school, as part of a long day care centre or a mobile or visiting service.
In January 2012 the National Quality Framework (NQF) came into effect across Australia.
The purpose of the NQF is to improve and standardise the quality of child care through a range of measures including better staff to child ratios, higher staff qualifications and an assessment and rating system designed to promote continuous improvement.
Under the NQF child care services are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standards (NQS).
The NQS measures the quality of early childhood education and care in Australia. It will cover
most long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten and outside school hours care services.
Under these standards child care services will be assessed and rated against the seven quality areas, 18 standards and 58 elements that make up the NQS.