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Mother Duck Bracken Ridge is a fantastic day care centre, my daughter loves coming each day. The welcoming and caring staff make the drop off experience fun and comforting for both child and parent. The facilities are great with big outdoor and indoor areas for the children to learn and explore.
Jodie - Parent
We have had 4 girls go through Mother Duck Bracken Ridge. You never think you will find anyone who will show as much love as you do for your kids but somehow Mother Duck Bracken Ridge seem to know how to pick people who do just that. We have experienced so many beautiful people and have so many wonderful memories after 11 years of attending the centre.
Cassandra and Dave - Parents
It’s a very big family friendly daycare and I'm glad my family is a part of it. I highly recommend Mother Duck Bracken Ridge.
Brooke - Parent
In the infant studio, the educators follow a flexible schedule that is responsive to the needs of the individual child. Parents are encouraged to share their home routine with the educators, as they understand how important routine can be to children of this age.
Educators work to form a secure attachment with the children, as well as building relationships with the families. Parents receive a daily log from the educators which covers their child’s feeding, sleeping and toileting patterns.
The focus for the children is on those basic first skills such as sitting, crawling and walking. Educators seek to develop language skills of the children with conversation, singing and reading.
Children in the Juniors studio are developing their skills in confidence and independence, within a safe and secure environment. A consistent routine and familiar educators build a sense of security, so your child can confidently engage in learning. Socialisation will be gently encouraged and guided to help friendships and empathy form.
Your child’s growing independence is supported by caring educators who will help them take the first steps in toilet training. Educators will communicate openly with parents through conversation, as well as a daily record of your child’s eating, sleeping and toileting.
The play-based educational program is tailored to each child’s learning needs and interests. Emerging intellectual, social, emotional, physical and language skills are built on and extended.
The children in the Seniors room are developing skills in friendships and cooperative play, with the help of their educators. The children are encouraged to explore and experiment in a safe space, and educators work with children’s own interests to guide their learning.
Literacy and numeracy skills are developed through games and social interaction. Educators keep parents informed of the children’s day, their challenges, changes and daily routine.
The state government funded kindergarten is led by university qualified teachers, with a focus on building the children’s capacity for responsibility and accountability for their own learning.
With the longer hours of a child care centre, the kindergarten children have an extended opportunity to access the curriculum, giving the children scope to work on long term projects of inquiry in order to empower them as 21st century thinkers and communicators.
The key for the children is to prepare them for the transition to formal education. The children make their learning visible through words, drawing, numbers, dance, painting, clay, music, movement, loose parts, transformative play and more.
At Mother Duck Bracken Ridge, the focus of the educators is on reflective practice to ensure they understand all they can about children and their development; finding new and innovative ways to solve problems, engage in challenging tasks, and using information technology and print-based texts to find things out; giving children the gift of time to listen to their ideas and incorporate these into the curriculum; sustainable practices to teach the children how to be a valuable member of society; and teaching children skills beyond academics such as compassion, collaboration, empathy, kindness, grace and honesty.
The centre prides itself on the retention of their dedicated team of diverse, committed, early childhood educators. Many of the educators have been with the centre for more than five years.
We believe that all children have immense value and potential and that each child brings unique abilities and interests to their world. As educators (and mothers) of our own children, we do not believe it is our job to “fill their minds with knowledge”, but rather, we believe in walking alongside children, providing security and support as they explore the world around them.
Megan Jervis and Gabrielle Matchett - Centre Managers, Mother Duck Bracken Ridge
As the Educational Leader at Mother Duck Bracken Ridge, I have put on a lens to view the 21st Century Life Skills that the children are developing. Through this lens, I have witnessed the children engaging in the collaboration and complex problem solving like I have never seen before. Children continually amaze me with just how capable they are!
Shanelle - Educational Leader
Mealtimes at Mother Duck Bracken Ridge are relaxed, flexible and a time to share eating experiences with educators and friends. The children use real china plates, glasses and cutlery and all children are involved in the ritual of setting the table with tablecloths, vases with fresh flowers and water jugs to share.
Families at the centre provide a healthy, well balanced, and nutritional lunchbox for the day. Children are encouraged to pause throughout the day and drink water to rehydrate.
Ellen is eight months old and is starting her day with one of her friends and an educator in the teepee, where they are reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Ellen is getting ready to have a nap in the sleeping area. She sits with her educator to drink some milk and listens to a story before she settles down for a rest.
Ellen sits with the other nursery children on the mat, where their educators have set up lots of soft blocks to explore.
Max is two years old and likes playing in the sandpit with the cooking utensils. Today he is pretending to make a cake for his brother’s birthday.
Max settles down on the mat for the centre’s storytime reading program. Today they are reading a couple of books about animals, starting with The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
Max enjoys the centre’s yoga and mindfulness program, as it is a relaxing way to finish off the day.
Shay is four years old and enjoys the centre’s music program. She listens to the educator and sings along as she learns the words to the song.
Shay and her friends finish their lunch and head outside to play in the mud kitchens. Shay makes a pretend chocolate cake and then starts work on a mud stew.
Shay has a painting project that she wants to finish off. She adds some glue and cut out pieces of coloured paper to add some finishing touches.
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.