6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
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6 weeks – 24 months
Educators assist the nursery children to learn about the world around them and to explore when they’re ready. They are encouraged to move around the space, feeling, tasting, listening, smelling, seeing and interacting with the carers and each other. Parents can feel confident knowing that the experienced educators are on hand to help their child settle in.
2 – 3 years
The curious toddlers are busy learning and playing, and love being in the same space as their owl baby friends. They love seeing what happens when they experiment with ideas. Interacting with their peers teaches them social skills such as turn taking and making a friend.
3 – 6 years
Children become more independent and confident in their ability to learn new skills. Their attention span is building, and group work allows them to build friendships. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests. For the older children they’re taking part in the school readiness program.
The educators get much of their inspiration for programming and activities from the open, natural environment. The centre is on 5 acres of rural land with natural vegetation and friendly farm animals.
Rather than having strict schedules, educators allow the children to help determine what they would like to do based on what is going on in their environment that day. Educators say that the environment is the biggest element of their programming.
The centre cook works in the state of the art commercial kitchen, providing delicious meals on site each day. There is a four week menu with a different meal each day, and staggered meal times to cater for the different age groups.
The centre’s menu follows nutritional guidelines and gives the children the recommended dietary intake of the 5 food groups. Children are offered breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
The children have their own vegetable garden, which they attend to daily. The educators use this space to teach the children about healthy eating and nutrition, as part of their sustainability program.
I’m so happy I have found a place like McGraths Hill Learning Centre, we couldn’t be happier!
Thank you to MGHLC for treating my children as family and nurturing them and helping them to grow into strong, confident young men who are ready for whatever the world throws at them!
Staff retention: the educators at McGraths Hill Learning Centre tend to stay for a long period of time. The longest serving educator is Lisa who has been working at the centre for 11 years. Many other educators have been with the centre for between 2-7 years.
Consistency of care: the centre understands the value of their low staff turnover, as this offers consistency for the children and families, which is vital in building strong relationships.
Training: the educators are always up-skilling their teaching practices through in-services, webinars, conferences, research and more.
Family focus: the centre is run by three sisters, who are all qualified Early Childhood Teachers. They value their family focused reputation, and invite families in the area to stop by anytime for a tour.
McGraths Hill Learning Centre speaks volumes within its own occupancy and family retention. We rarely have families leave our centre unless their children are heading off to Kindergarten or their family situation has changed. We aim to provide the best possible care and education to the children in our centre.
Stephanie Nehme, Centre Director
I love working at McGraths Hill Learning Centre because everyone is so welcoming. It's such a tight knit community, like a big family! We have a large outdoor playground that is very sustainable and natural providing the children with endless opportunities. The Centre speaks volumes once you come and check it out.
The centre is so welcoming and a peaceful natural environment. I enjoy seeing all the children’s happy faces everyday as they partake in so many amazing learning experiences by the dedicated teachers.
The little ones head out to visit some of the farm animals. They love to watch the educators filling up the water troughs and feeding the sheep.
The babies sit together in their high chairs to enjoy their lunch together. Those that need it get ready for a nap.
Everyone heads outside to play on the mat and enjoy some bubbles and songs from the educators.
The toddlers put their boots on and head off to see Harry the Horse. He gets a few nice red apples, and the children brush his long mane.
After lunch, the toddlers are busy riding bikes around outside and playing in the sandpit.
Time for music lessons now, where everyone can take turns with an instrument and follow the patterns made by the educator.
Put your chef’s hat on, it’s time for some cooking! The pre-schoolers are baking muffins this morning which they will share for morning tea.
There’s lots of weeding, watering and planting to be done in the veggie patch. Everyone picks the cherry tomatoes as they’re ripe and ready.
The children head outside to play in the huge outdoor area, digging in the sandpit and having fun with their friends.
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.