6 wks to 18 mths
16 mths to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 4 yrs
4 yrs to 5 yrs
2 yrs to 5 yrs
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They have made it easy for my son to adjust as well as myself as a first time mum. The centre is very thorough and there is a lot of attention to details. I have also learnt a lot which I am able to introduce at home. Thank you Melbourne Central Team.
Only About Children.
Every day of the first 5 years of a child’s life matters.
To empower every child to reach their full potential.
We do this by offering…
More than childcare.
A place to grow.
Only About Children consider themselves much more than just child care. They are a place for children to grow, learn, make friends, explore the world and become school-ready. The children are exposed to a vast array of programs and inclusions as part of the daily fee.
The Grow Curriculum is the centre’s unique educational framework and the basis for essential early years learning and development. It includes core practices and programs that children are immersed in daily, through a balance of structured and unstructured play-based learning. It is guided by the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. Spanning nursery, toddler, preschool and school readiness ages.
The 4 key areas of the curriculum are:
To support the Grow Curriculum, the centre also has relationships with local schools to help with the transition to school, including school readiness workshops for families.
In the nursery, qualified educators deliver the Grow Curriculum specifically tailored to the needs of infants aged 6 weeks to 2 years. The curriculum is based on showing trust in babies as capable learners and respect for infants as unique individuals. Qualified educators help to build secure and reciprocal relationships, providing space for babies to explore, learn and develop. As well as lots of unstructured indoor and outdoor play, the children take part in programs such as music, Spanish language, physical activity and the Book of the Month program.
In the toddler room educators deliver the Grow Curriculum specifically for the 2-3 year age group. It’s been expertly designed to encourage younger children to explore, solve problems, create, construct and interact with peers. It’s a holistic curriculum that immerses education and development experiences into daily practice. The qualified educators, along with the education, allied health and wellbeing specialists work together to ensure your child is meeting all the right milestones. As well as lots of unstructured indoor and outdoor play, the children take part in daily programs such as music, Spanish language, Active and the Book of the Month.
In Kindergarten the educators create quality experiences that place your child in the best position to begin school. Skills such as reading, writing, numeracy and technology are all introduced through the Grow Curriculum specifically designed for the 3 – 6 year old age group. The children’s independence and resilience is developed through small group activities and lots of outdoor play, which will help them enjoy a smooth transition to school.
The qualified educators, along with the education, allied health and wellbeing specialists work together to ensure your child is meeting all the right milestones. As well as lots of unstructured play, the children take part in programs such as music, Spanish language, Active and the Book of the Month program.
At Only About Children, the qualified and passionate educators seek to create a nurturing learning environment for children across nursery, toddler and preschool programs. They are committed to helping each child reach their full potential.
The educators are also supported by an in-house team of education, health and nutrition specialists to support the overall learning, health & development of every child in their care.
Being with children and watching them developing and learning are the joy of my job. I love to be a part of a professional and caring team who are dedicated their life for the children to reach their milestone. In one sentence it is the joy of teaching to and learning from children.
Director, Only About Children, Melbourne Central.
Everyday, I look forward to being cheerfully greeted by all children. The relationships I have built with them are so special and treasured to me. I love watching them learn, play and practice their ever-developing life skills.
Educator, Only About Children, Melbourne Central.
Only About Children offers a seasonal menu designed by a dietitian. All meals and snacks are prepared fresh daily in the centre, including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. The centre’s nutrition program is designed to meet individual dietary requirements.
The centre offers a health program which supports each child’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. Children are supported with allied health professionals in areas such as Nutrition, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy & Vision.
Only About Children understands that the needs of families can change regularly, which is why they offer a range of flexible enrolment options. These include:
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.