4 mths to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
We have used OPCC for 6 years. The staff are kind caring and great at their job. My little girl ran in each morning to be greeted with hugs. Made going to work easier knowing they were well looked after.
Marion - parent
This is such a lovely, family-operated centre. Both of my children love going here and absolutely adore all of the staff. The staff are always so friendly, helpful and accommodating and greet us with such warmth every time we walk in. I definitely recommend this centre.
Melanie - parent
My daughter has been attending Oak Park Children's Centre for over two years now and she loves it there. The staff are caring and engaging and always encouraging learning and participation, the space is clean and pretty and the food is always freshly prepared. We have always received great support and professionalism from the staff and centre management. Definitely recommend this centre.
Rudrani - parent
At Oak Park Children’s Centre, the children enjoy additional programs with specialist teachers coming into the centre as part of the daily fee. Some of the programs include:
The curriculum at Oak Park Children’s Centre is underpinned by the National Early Years Learning Framework and inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. The Reggio Emilia Approach views young children as curious about the world around them and as capable and confident individuals.
There are five light filled classrooms and separate sleep rooms for the younger children to rest throughout the day. The natural outdoor playspaces allow children to connect with nature, play with water and sand, climb on rocks, tree stumps and tyres, grow plants for smelling and tasting, observe insects, animals and birds, nurture and observe worm farms and compost areas, hide away in a teepee and much much more.
The children are cared for in the following rooms:
The educators encourage strong relationships with the children through positive interactions and safe environments. Children will be cherished and supported to be their best selves. An indoor, outdoor program ensures children get maximum outdoor time and encourages physical development, mental wellbeing, and health. Daily mindfulness will set the tone for developing emotional regulation and encouraging relaxation for children throughout the day.
The children take part in activities with a strong emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the arts such as music, creative arts and drama. Indigenous culture is embedded into the program and children are encouraged to bring their home culture into the centre too.
For the toddlers, routines are an important opportunity for learning. Performing daily, predictable tasks while having fun is a chance for young Kookas to build their self-confidence, communication and social skills and the ability to develop their self-control.
Each day’s rhythmic routine assists the children to transition between activities. The educators believe that if children can anticipate the next part of their day, they can participate at their best. There are natural, sensory rich play spaces with natural materials, water play and a natural garden with large trees for this young age to explore. The activities are designed for children to develop their self identity, awareness, physical strength and hand eye coordination.
Each week, specialist teachers run classes for the children to enhance the learning programs as well as take part in routine outings into the local community.
3 years - 4 years
This room offers children a mix of indoor and outdoor play. Research shows that children engaged in quality play-based experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development and can regulate their behaviour, supporting the transition to school and academic learning later on in life.
The curriculum is driven by a project and investigation approach to learning where the children’s ideas, interests, theories and voices are heard and explored.
The goal is to assist children in their growth and development, by participating in group time focused on the current project and investigation, maths, literacy, Italian, STEM, drama and culture. They also work with the specialist teachers that run classes for the children, as well as taking part in routine outings into the local community.
4 years - 5 years
This room is for the children who will be preparing to go to school the following year. The programs are all about a guided choice for children, following a Reggio Emilia approach.
Through the daily curriculum, children are provided with plenty of learning experiences ensuring that they have opportunities to participate in teacher initiated and play-based activities that are responsive to their needs, interests, and choices. This includes STEM, literacy, drama, Spanish, creative arts, gardening and outdoor play.
Literacy, phonics and numeracy programs give children the chance to develop fundamental skills before they head off to school. They enjoy the visits from the specialist teachers who come and run classes to enhance the learning programs, as well as take part in routine outings into the local community.
At Oak Park Children’s Centre, the children are provided with fresh, nutritious and creative meals that expose them to the broadest range of flavours, textures, ingredients and cultures.
The centre’s chef uses high-quality, fresh ingredients and a broad range of flavours to create meals that meet and exceed the latest nutritional guidelines for children in care. The menus also offer a wide selection of fresh fruit and raw vegetables with morning and afternoon tea, as well as steamed, fresh vegetables at lunchtime. As an allergy aware centre, the educators are equipped to accommodate any dietary requirement.
Isabel is ten months old and when she arrives her mother chats to her educator. Isabel sits on the mat with her friends, where they’re exploring some soft blocks and building a tower.
Isabel has finished her lunch and is sitting with her educator to read some books. Soon it will be time to go into the sleeping area for a rest.
Isabel and the other nursery children are playing outside. She has some fun in the sandpit and the boat with her friends.
Tom is two and a half years old and loves to start his day outside. He and his friends pump the water into the dry creek bed and race leaves down to the end.
The children are helping roll some dough to make their own pizzas with the centre chef. Tom squashes his dough and uses the rolling pin to spread the dough out before adding his toppings.
The children head outside to ride the bikes on the track. Tom challenges his friend Harry to a race over to the sandpit.
Lucy is four years old and can’t wait to head out on the Bush Kinder excursion. She collects some sticks and leaves before searching for lizards with her friends.
Lucy and her friends visit the outdoor construction zone. They put on hard hats and vests before grabbing the toy tools for some imaginary play.
Lucy loves the centre’s regular yoga sessions. She lays her mat next to her friend Leon and they listen to the instructions.
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.