6 wks to 1 yr
1 yr to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 4 yrs
4 yrs to 5 yrs
Saturday’s @ Club Z from 8am – 4pm
For children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, Little Zak's offers Saturday care with their qualified educators. Centre staff seize opportunities to help children learn in areas that interest them with programs available for each age group:
All meals are included, offering a tasty variety of culturally diverse and nutritious meals. With new themes weekly including Bring Your Own Wheels and Ultimate Water Party, Little Zak's children are set for Saturdays of fun, laughter and action.
Some of the activities at Little Zak’s Academy include:
The Yoga Club: Designed for children aged two to six years, this program develops flexibility and supports development of important skills including emotional regulation, mindfulness and boosts self-esteem.
Language lessons: This program introduces children to new languages to expand their understanding of the world and improves their cognitive development.
Little Zak’s Kitchen: Introduced to inspire children to learn about smart food choices through cooking classes, children are empowered to take on more responsibility and encouraged to become adventurous eaters.
Zakaroos: Children aged two to six have fun learning to play soccer while improving their athletic ability and building good fitness habits.
Zak’s enviro: This teaches children environmental sustainability in practical ways, while they get their hands dirty composting and planting food in the veggie patch.
Little Zak’s Prep School: This is a program to guide children through transition to school, building skills in emotional resilience, language and self-sufficiency.
Little Zak’s Academy is passionate about providing an educational program which allows for children to grow at their own pace. Through an approach guided by the Early Years Quality Framework, centre staff seize opportunities to help children learn in areas that interest them.
6 weeks to 24 months
Babies and early toddlers are supported in an environment designed to make them feel safe and secure. Zak’s Academy has created a bright and nurturing space for children to play and belong.
From tummy time, to discover-and-explore activities, children are appropriately challenged to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.
2 years - 3 years
The Navigators room is enjoyed as a place that fosters creativity and socialisation. Group learning areas give children a place to talk and play with friends and staff, while quiet corners also allow them to take time for themselves if they need.
Children between two and three years old enjoy mealtimes together where they can learn healthy eating habits and be adventurous with new foods.
3 years - 5 years
The Adventurers room continues each child’s developmental journey at Zak’s Academy with a program helping them transition to school. By talking about school, and introducing children to school habits that foster self-sufficiency, language and emotional resilience, children become well prepared for their next exciting stage. The Zak’s School Readiness Program also tackles literacy, numeracy and phonics awareness while encouraging interaction among the children with their peers to develop their social skills.
With a menu of five daily food breaks, including morning munch and move, Little Zak’s children enjoy a tasty variety of culturally diverse and nutritious meals. All meals can be tailored around children’s dietary and allergy needs.
As part of Little Zak’s Kitchen, the centre has a cooking program for those aged two to five years, where children learn fun and helpful skills around healthy eating habits. These lessons also empower self-confidence and a sense of responsibility for personal hygiene and cleanliness.
I’d like to thank Little Zak’s Narellan Vale for preparing my daughter for kindergarten. They prepared detailed lesson plans and group work to expose my child to what her new school would be like. It definitely helped her adjust more quickly!
– Sophie, Mother
Great centre, friendly staff. My daughter has improved so much with speech, manners and toilet training. I’d recommend this centre 100%.
– Ben, Father
I am a working mum and my daughter attends 5 days and has done since she was 1. Little Zaks have been really supportive. I appreciate their help with toilet training and their constant feedback and how she is progressing.
– Beth, Mother
At Little Zak’s Academy, the educators are a team of dedicated professionals who value the importance of maintaining an optimum level of care and education for all children. They are selected due to their knowledge and values, their vision for children and learning, and their commitment to families.
Little Zak’s Academy believes that early childhood is a celebration of learning that, when valued and nurtured appropriately, fosters happy individuals that positively contribute to their community and the greater society.
The educators seek to make the centre a place where all are welcomed, safe and loved. Their high standards, as well as the modern, secure and cosy environment, mean children feel safe. Professional development is also conducted by the team to ensure high support and knowledge is maintained.
Each child is respected without discrimination or bias and are given the opportunity to succeed with their diversities respected. Through active engagement the educators model positive behaviour and develop meaningful, equitable and socially responsible relationships.
In order to support children within the service the team works hard to create a collaborative partnership with families. This is through welcoming and acknowledging family and cultural perspectives, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the centre program, collecting vital information regarding the care of the children and opening a number of platforms where communication is provided on their care, growth and development.
The centre’s local community influences their practices through incursions, excursions and collaborations with local businesses and schools. Due to their community influence, the team advocates a focus on being environmentally sustainable.
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.