6 wks to 16 mths
16 mths to 32 mths
32 mths to 5 yrs
4 yrs to 6 yrs
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Some of the programs on offer at Community Kids include:
At Community Kids Mornington, the rooms are divided up according to the ages of the children. Each area is designed to provide the best possible early learning experience for your child.
Nursery and baby rooms: 6 weeks – 24 months
Educators try to provide a home away from home where children feel safe and secure. The children’s wellbeing and development is the focus, with age appropriate activities. Children take part in tummy time, sensory play, reading and singing. An open door policy allows parents free access anytime for a feed, play or cuddle.
Toddlers room: 2 – 3 years
Educators encourage the children to learn through play with a flexible routine. This will take the form of music, dance, games, and reading. Group play is designed to develop confidence and social skills. Books and language games are enjoyed, to develop communication, literacy and numeracy.
Junior kindergarten and kindergarten rooms: 3 – 5 years
Children lead the curriculum depending on their interests and preferences for play. Play is used to encourage development, through music, dance, games, reading, technology and lots of outdoor fun. A school readiness program will help children prepare for the next step in their education.
The highly qualified educators at Community Kids Mornington believe that children are unique learners and develop at their own pace through play. Children learn best when they are able to experience things in a variety of ways and feel supported and safe to take risks.
The educators ensure that children feel safe and supported whilst being challenged to learn new things and participate in new experiences. They seek to make sure that the environment is inviting, natural, stimulating and engaging, involving both the children’s and the educator’s personalities and interests.
A focus on sustainability means that natural and recycled materials are part of the curriculum, which will stimulate children’s curiosity to nurture creativity and self-esteem. Parents are encouraged to bring in recyclables for the children to use in their arts and craft.
Technology plays a role in the children’s learning, with interactive whiteboards and iPads. Parents can access photos and updates about their child’s day through the centre’s free app.
All of the seasonal meals and snacks are provided for the children by the centre’s in-house chef, with vegetarian or halal options available. The centre’s focus is on providing children with simple, nutrient-rich, unprocessed and seasonal whole foods. The menus meet nutritional guidelines from Nutrition Australia and are high-quality, allowing young bodies to thrive both mentally and physically.
The children enjoy items such as cereal and toast for breakfast; meals such as pasta, curry and noodles for lunch; along with fruit, raisin toast, rice cakes, custard, veggie sticks and crackers for snacks. Children who attend a full day at the centre will be offered at least 50 per cent of their recommended daily dietary intake. Children are taught about the benefits of growing food by helping out with the centre’s own vegetable garden.
The centre’s philosophy includes learning about healthy lifestyles and cooking, and they see this as integral to children’s wellbeing and self-confidence, which in turn contributes to their ability to concentrate and learn.
Willow is 11 months old and enjoys messy play outside in the sandpit with her friends. She sits near her educator who helps teach her how to scoop the sand into the bucket.
Willow has finished her lunch and is preparing to take a nap. Her educator changes her nappy and reads her a story before setting her down to sleep.
Willow and some of the other nursery children enjoy some storytime and songs outside in the garden. They read ‘Peepo’ which is Willow’s favourite book.
Joey is two and a half years old and loves to start his day at the centre outside on the climbing equipment. His friends join him and they pretend to be pirates on a ship, looking for treasure.
Joey picks some cherry tomatoes from the garden to try out, before watering all of the plants and herbs.
Joey enjoys art and today he is painting a beach scene from his last holiday. He adds the finishing touches and sets it aside to dry so that he can take it home that day.
Josie is almost five years old and can’t wait for today’s Bush Kinder experience, where the children and educators explore and interact in local bush areas.
Josie is taking part in the centre’s yoga program. Led by an educator, Josie learns to hold her pose and improve her balance.
Josie is off to school next year, and loves the centre’s school readiness program. Today they are learning about what a typical day at school will be like.
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.