6 wks to 18 mths
18 mths to 28 mths
28 mths to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 5 yrs
6 wks to 18 mths
18 mths to 28 mths
28 mths to 36 mths
3 yrs to 5 yrs
3 yrs to 5 yrs
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Story House Black Rock has such a lovely feel to it; friendly smiles and warm welcomes. Being a first time mum and leaving my child in care for the first time was so overwhelming but the room staff and manager kept my nerves at bay and what a wonderful experience it has been. Thank you so much!
Peta - parent
Amazing staff that really care for and love the children. The child care centre is spacious, clean and always has a warm and welcoming feel to it. Highly recommended!!
Caroline - parent
I could not be more happy that we chose Story House Black Rock. Every single person that works here has taken an interest in my daughter and is so warm to her from the moment we walk in the door in the mornings. As first time parents, we were so nervous about putting our daughter in childcare but she absolutely loves it at Story House and we are really happy with the care they give her and the creative activities they come up with for her. I cannot recommend this centre highly enough.
Alexandra - parent
Nursery: 6 weeks - 18 months
The educators work closely with families to provide a safe, quality, family-centred learning environment where every child is respected and nurtured. The team continually develops their skills and explores new ways to enrich each child’s early learning experience.
Toddlers: 18 months - 28 months
Indoor and outdoor play based experiences are an integral part of the program. Educators plan a diverse range of experiences to create opportunities for each child in both structured and spontaneous play.
Pre-kindy: 28 months - 3 years
The centre’s programs are inspired by the wisdom and teachings of early childhood theorists and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and aim to develop children’s emotional, social and cognitive intelligence.
Kindergarten: 3 years - 5 years
The Kindergarten curriculum continues to emphasise play based learning, however offers additional intentional learning times where the focus is on literacy and numeracy, socialisation, self-regulation and independence.
At Story House, the educators believe that each child is on their own unique journey that shapes the person they are and who they will become. Just like chapters in a book, they understand that each child steps through their ‘story’ at their own pace and in their own time.
The team at Story House believes that learning is a lifelong journey and that early childhood education and care provides the foundation for learning for life. Children make sense of the world around them through the use of processes such as exploration, collaboration and problem solving across all aspects of the curriculum. They develop dispositions such as curiosity, persistence and creativity and use play to investigate, imagine and explore ideas, follow and extend their own interests.
The educators are key to supporting children on their journey and believe that relationships with families and community are essential for supporting children to be global citizens and helping them to reach their potential.
I am passionate about assisting children to grow into confident, inclusive, happy, challenged and resilient people on a holistic level who are happy within themselves.
The relationships that we have with the families, children and communities makes us an amazing service. It is a home away from home and a place to feel safe, have fun with a lot of learning along the way.
Belinda Wilkins, Service Manager, Story House Early Learning Black Rock
Story House Early Learning Black Rock understands that promoting children’s nutrition and health is an important aspect of providing a quality child care and early education service. It is crucial that children are offered healthy, nutritious meals throughout the day and enjoy social, positive mealtime experiences and discussions as part of their overall growth, development and knowledge.
The centre’s menu is prepared by a professionally qualified centre cook in consultation with families, educators, the children and recognised authorities such as Nutrition Australia. The centre can accommodate individual dietary requirements due to family preferences, cultural background, allergies or food intolerances, by working closely and in consultation with families to make sure individual children’s needs are met.
A positive attitude towards healthy eating is embedded into the curriculum and daily routines, for instance with their interactive cooking classes; menu development; discussion of food choices; explaining the role of food and culture; educators modeling healthy eating; and making meal times a pleasant, social occasion.
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.