6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
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At Normanhurst Child Care Centre, educators provide a varied program based on the children’s interests, observations and family input.
6 weeks - 2 years
Up to 12 children are cared for in the nursery by 3 main educators. The indoor learning environment for this age group is a stimulating environment with room for children to explore at their own pace. Educators offer flexible routines that allow for consistency with family routines, large blocks of time for play and learning, and children’s choice and direction on experiences throughout the day.
2 years - 3 years
Up to 15 toddlers are cared for in this room by 3 main educators. Spaces within the room reflect children’s interests and are responsive to their abilities, catering for different learning capacities. Children’s developing social needs are supported through music and movement experiences. Children learn the skills needed to care, share, collaborate and use their emotions in a positive way.
3 years - 5 years
This classroom caters for up to 20 children with 2 main educators. The learning environment is bright and welcoming, arranged to invite and encourage varied forms of play and learning throughout the day. Educators encourage learning through immersion with innovative and interesting forms of literacy and numeracy experiences embedded within the curriculum to develop the children’s skills at a level that is developmentally appropriate for them. The program is designed to ensure that children are interested in learning by planning learning around their interests so they are engaged to explore, investigate and learn. These experiences give ownership to children and encourage their problem solving and decision-making skills.
My name is Jacque and I started working at the Centre in 2006. My qualifications are Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education). I am the full-time Director of the Centre.
Jacque, Centre Director, Normanhurst Kindergarten
Alexandra is ten months old and loves going on excursions in the pram with her nursery friends. Today they’re heading to the local park to see what birds they can spot in the trees.
Alexandra is playing with some soft blocks on the mat before she heads off for a nap in the sleeping area. Her educator reads her some books before preparing her for a rest.
Alexandra loves music, and today the educators have set out lots of small musical instruments for the children to explore.
Alex is three years old and likes to start his day playing outside with his friends. They balance on the beam and pretend that they are pirates walking the plank.
Alex is helping one of the educators to pull some weeds out of the herb garden. He has a taste of some cherry tomatoes and makes sure they have enough water.
Alex and his friends are excited as they have a special guest today from the library who is coming in for storytime.
Sophie is four and a half years old and loves to play outside. She and her friends are playing in the cubby house, pretending that it is a shop.
Sophie is joining in with some fun soccer games today. The children take turns at the goal, and then Sophie tries being the goalie.
The educators have set out some instruments for the children to explore. Sophie chooses a tambourine and taps along with the beat from the music.
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.