6 wks to 18 mths
18 mths to 30 mths
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 4 yrs
Some of the programs on offer at Headstart Early Learning include:
The stimulating environment of the centre is designed to challenge the children. Educators use the National Early Years Learning Framework to build their program, which focuses on play-based learning.
The framework helps to develop the child’s love for learning, their sense of self, and their feeling of belonging in their environment, being engaged in areas that interest them, and becoming prepared to take the next steps in their education.
The centre offers mid year and end of year parent-teacher interviews, so that parents can see where their child is developmentally.
The educators at Headstart pride themselves on their open door policy. Parents are welcome to visit their child or any of the educators anytime. The team values participation and parental involvement, and encourages parents to give feedback or ideas anytime.
At Headstart Early Learning, 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 each child.
Nursery rooms: 6 weeks – 2 years
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, messy play, reading and singing. There is a private room for parents to feed their babies anytime.
Toddler rooms: 2 years - 3 years
The children learn through play to encourage development, through music, dance, games, reading and lots of outdoor fun. Educators encourage group play to develop communication, confidence and social skills. Interactive technology is used to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Literacy and numeracy concepts are introduced through real life experiences with educators and peers.
Preschool rooms: 3 years - 5 years
A school readiness kindergarten program focused on numeracy and literacy will help children prepare for the next step in their education. Children lead the curriculum depending on their interests and preferences. Respect for self and others is taught while play based learning is designed to enhance their social and emotional skills before they begin formal schooling.
All meals and snacks, seasonally prepared, are provided for children under care by the centre’s in-house chef. Food is used as a way to teach the children about the benefits of healthy eating.
The centre offers a varied menu that meets Nutrition Australia recommendations. The children are offered breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.
Children who attend a full day at the centre will be offered at least 50 per cent of their recommended daily dietary intake. Educators use the centre’s vegetable garden to teach children about sustainability, by growing their own herbs and vegetables to use in the kitchen.
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.