6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 4 yrs
Some of the activities at Kindy Patch 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.
At Kindy Patch, 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.
6 weeks – 24 months
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, reading and singing. There is a private feeding room for parents to use anytime.
2 years - 3 years
Educators encourage the children to learn through play, to encourage development. This will take the form of music, dance, games, reading and technology. Group play is designed to develop confidence and social skills. Books and language games are enjoyed, to develop communication, literacy and numeracy.
3 years - 5 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. Risky play and extra-curricular activities are encouraged in a safe space to build up resilience and independence. A school readiness 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.
Kindy Patch boasts qualified early childhood professionals and educators who provide educational learning programs based on children’s interests, strengths, abilities and choice.
The dedicated team of educators are experienced and understand the importance of extending on children’s home-life experiences. Individual programs are developed for each child in order to assist with and build upon their learning, understanding, communication, self-esteem and confidence.
At Kindy Patch the educators are passionate about fostering encouragement and kindness. The team works together to create an inclusive, educational environment that feels like a home away from home for the children in their care.
The centre sees every child as unique, and caters the program to their interests and age. Parents are welcome to be involved in the development of their child’s program, through feedback and regular communication. Educators provide updates and information about each child’s day through the centre’s free parent app.
All of the seasonal meals and snacks are provided for the children 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 the guidelines set out by Nutrition Australia. 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. The centre chef runs cooking classes with the children, where they learn about how to prepare healthy food.
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.