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The educators at Clovel are amazing. They are very caring and do the best job in looking after Matilda. Matilda is always excited to come to school and see her teachers.
Tiara, Matilda’s Mum
Both of my boys attended Clovel and loved it. They were always happy to go every day and would always tell me how much fun they had!
Kate – Mason and Ryder’s Mum
The children at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Blacktown take part in a vast array of centre based programs, all included as part of the daily fee:
Performing Arts Program: the children participate in drama, music and dance, practice public speaking and perform a concert at the end of the year, all designed to encourage confidence and self-worth.
Multicultural Program: the children are introduced to other cultures through food, language, dress, games, stories and activities. The children learn songs and words in a variety of languages.
Literacy Program: starting with forming sounds and words and learning to hold a pencil correctly and moving through the stages to reading and writing. The I Love Reading phonetic program is part of the centre’s literacy program.
Numeracy Program: children are learning to count, and giving numbers a meaning with basic maths games. The children and educators discuss spatial sense, and take part in activities using measurement, estimation and pattern making.
Physical Activity Program: the team at Clovel believe that mind and body go hand-in-hand and encourage the children to participate in a daily PE program with activities such as yoga, ball skills and games, obstacle courses and many other games.
Science and Technology: this program is all about exploration and discovery, with fun experiments and activities in the daily program. Children are encouraged to think logically, participate in discussion and debate, and make connections between different concepts.
Environment and Nature Program: the educators help the children explore sustainability and look at what can be recycled and reused within the centre; the children learn about looking after their environment, with our educators involving the children in the care of their centre pets and kitchen gardens; the children also participate in a Bush Kinder program, where they are encouraged to explore and participate in activities utilising their outdoor garden spaces.
Preschool Program: this includes the early learning programs, life and social skills, and preparation for life beyond the early learning centre.
School Readiness Program: this includes the early learning program, and the educators begin to prepare the children for transition to school through practicing life and social skills such as unpacking a prepared school lunch, turn taking and speaking in front of their peers.
A unique approach to the curriculum
The children at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Blacktown participate in a variety of early learning programs and experiences. This centre is unique in that it involves children in the preschool program as soon as they start attending the centre, rather than waiting until they turn 3 years old. This includes a brain linkage program for children from just 6 weeks of age.
Rather than a generic program for all children, the Clovel program is a child-specific play-based educational program. The educators will custom fit a program for each child based on what they are good at, what they are interested in, and what they love to do at their own pace. This style of programming has proven to be best in assisting in the development of confidence, independence, resilience, social skills, emotional strength and a love of learning. This helps to ensure that those vital building blocks necessary for school life and beyond are in place by the time your child transitions into formal education.
Further to this, the educators extend on each child’s interests, projects and investigations in many ways. For instance if a child is interested in space, they will be encouraged to not only ask questions about space but experiment and research to discover the answers together – they might build cardboard box ‘rockets’ and brainstorm how different items may fly, create art of what we think aliens look like, take part in experiments on gravity…the possibilities are endless.
Building Life Skills
Each child will also receive support and encouragement to develop their important social skills, to aid in their transition to primary school. Through planned activities and spontaneous moments, each child will learn valuable skills such as:
Relationships between parents and educators is key for the team at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Blacktown. This relationship of mutual respect with the common goal to promote the child’s well-being is built on a true partnership of honest communication.
The centre’s philosophy is rooted by love. Their belief ‘if you’re getting the loving right, everything else will follow’ means that the educators strive to ensure each child feels nurtured and appreciated in a safe environment. Educators will always be responsive to each child’s feelings and needs, to stimulate their curiosity and thinking whilst providing a warm and loving atmosphere.
Kindyhub is Clovel’s app of choice for interactive communication between families and educators. The free app enables immediate and convenient access to view a child’s photos, learning and development progress.
I have been a member of the Clovel family for 13 years and a supervisor for 10 of those years. I love to work with the children, teach them and watch them grow. Children are our future and I love to help them learn not only the academics to get them ready for school but also the necessary skills to grow into strong independent leaders of the future.
Kate - Nominated Supervisor, Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Blacktown and Castle Hill
I enjoy being in childcare with Clovel as I love working with the children and my fellow staff members. We have become one big family and it allows us to have a second home. I work in childcare to help children become better as an individual and I enjoy teaching the children new things each day and watching them grow.
Eva - Educator
I enjoy working at Clovel as I feel a sense of belonging. I really enjoy helping the children to accomplish their goals and assist them with their learning.
Zoe - Educator
I enjoy being a part of Clovel, and with children it’s never a dull moment!
Allyah - Educator
Being at Clovel for the past 9 years has been an amazing adventure and journey. It’s my second family and the love and support that is provided is a blessing. The children are amazing and being able to watch them grow, and learn is an amazing privilege.
Maree - Educator
I saw working at Clovel as an opportunity which I availed at the right time when I was starting my career in child care and early learning. I consider Clovel as a perfect place for a child’s upbringing and development. I enjoy every moment educating and caring for the children and working with our team of educators.
Anusha - Educator
I love being a Diploma Educator at Clovel Blacktown. I love building positive relationships with children and families and being a part of their learning process. I believe every child is a blank page on which every person can leave a mark and I feel proud to be able to leave a positive mark on each child which helps them to grow and be nourished in a healthy environment with love and care.
Arti - Educator
The educators at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Blacktown feel that they have a responsibility to promote good nutrition for children. All educators are familiar with hygiene standards, nutrition principles for children and food safety laws. They know that the food the children eat at the centre plays an important role in the child’s future growth and development, as well as having an impact on their future eating habits.
Munch and Move
Clovel is involved in the NSW Government Munch and Move Initiative that supports the healthy development of children from birth to 5 years and beyond by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time. The key principles of the initiative include daily physical education lessons, rehydration programs, healthy eating and an increased knowledge of good food.
When designing the Clovel menu, the team committed to providing two-thirds of the recommended daily nutritional food intake for children less than 6 years of age. The children enjoy food such as: seasonal fruit for morning tea; 10 options for delicious sandwiches for lunch with fresh fruit for dessert; rice cakes, veggie sticks, healthy dips or fruit breads for afternoon tea. In line with their Multicultural Program and Special Days, the centre also regularly provides a hot meal for lunch, as well as sandwiches. Some of these include fried rice, Singapore noodles, spaghetti bolognese or teriyaki chicken with vegetables.
Promoting school readiness
For children in the months leading up to beginning at primary school, the educators offer a packed lunch to help them prepare for life at school. They practice sitting in a group, unwrapping sandwiches from cling wrap and opening packets. They also discuss what is in their lunch today and how it will benefit their health.
Ella is nine months old. She starts her day down on the mat, where her educator is blowing some bubbles for the nursery children to catch.
Ella is sitting with her educator and friends for storytime. Today they are reading Peepo, which is one of Ella’s favourites. Soon it will be time to go to the sleeping area for a rest.
Ella and the other nursery children are learning about how to say the colours of the rainbow (in English and other languages), through songs and rhymes that her educator is teaching her.
Thomas is two and a half years old and loves to take part in the centre’s performing arts program. Today the children are working on a fun dance to a song about all of the different Australian animals.
Thomas is sitting with his educator to sort through the recycled materials to do some craft. He is looking for the perfect boxes to use to make a robot.
As part of the centre’s physical activity program, Thomas and the other children are taking part in some ball games outside. Thomas rolls the ball to his friend Zac who then passes it back.
Amy is four years old and loves to head out for the centre’s Bush Kinder program. Today she collects some twigs and leaves to make a pretend campfire with her friends.
As part of the centre’s school readiness program, Amy is sitting down with her friends to unpack her lunch. They talk about what they’re going to be eating, while learning how to manage their own drink bottle and lunchbox.
Amy and her friends are taking part in a science experiment today. They are going to see what happens when they mix vinegar and baking soda in their model volcano. Stand back everyone!
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.