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My daughter has been attending Clovel for the past 4 years & we could not be happier. The staff are considered an extended part of our family. I have been so impressed with all the new skills my daughter has learned over the years and I cannot thank the staff enough for all their hard work, kindness, understanding and love they have shown my daughter & I. I highly recommend Clovel.
Suzanne - Sia's mum
I must say that Clovel is the best childcare & preschool in the area and I am forever grateful for all the service, hard work they have put into teaching my son. After trying out five different childcare’s, Dean was happiest at Clovel & not a day would he come home crying or upset, he was fully of new ideas and new stories that he shared with the rest of our family & even taught us some cool experiences that he had at the centre. Dean also never had a keen interest in reading and writing but now he loves to colour in & try hard to write. I strongly recommend Clovel as their staff are all so very friendly & make you feel very welcomed, staying in touch, assisting you whenever you are in need of them.
Jelan - Dean's mum
This will be my daughters second year attending Clovel and she absolutely loves it and can’t wait for the next time she gets to attend. She has grown and learnt so much with their amazing program for learning and skills not to mention the lovely and helpful workers. I would highly recommend all Clovel programs and would give it 5 stars.
Melissa - Rayanne's mum
My daughter started attending the baby program at Clovel from 5 months old and now for her second year in The Cottage she has amazed me with how well she adapted from the start and how much she has grown and achieved. She has become a very smart and confident toddler and all thanks to Clovel and the workers for being so supportive and making her feel comfortable. It really is like a second home. Highly recommend 5 stars.
Melissa - Liyana's mum
We are very happy with the care from Clovel, our son has opened up with everyone and enjoys his time there, he comes home and starts cheering and repeating the activities that he learned at childcare. The educators are very friendly and Nirvaan love them, when we drop him to childcare he runs towards them. We as parents feel very good that NIrvaan is under safe and happy care. Well done team.
Absolutely love Clovel! Experienced staff who have created a loving and caring environment. Sienna is engaged in learning through a variety of activities provided. Staff are exceptional in communicating with parents. 10/10.
I really appreciate your hard work and kind support towards family and kids. The way you deal with kids, your skills especially in communication is very impressive. I feel very lucky to be a part of the Clovel family, as my kids are growing to be smart and talkative and active around the house as well as being polite. All the credit goes to the fantastic staff and the incredible educators. My kids feel at home whenever they come to childcare and honestly I feel jealous. I would like to appreciate all your hard work and great effort in taking of my kids.
Suria - Aryana's & Sophia's mum
The children at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Granville Merrylands 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.
Clovel Cottage Nursery: 6 weeks to 24 months
The children in the cottage nursery participate in the centre’s Brain Linkages program. This is a program designed in consultation with child development professionals to help each baby gain the building blocks they need to grow into a strong, healthy and well-developed child. The educators use a variety of activities to assist in developing each baby’s fine motor, gross motor, brain wiring and balancing skills.
Clovel Day Nursery: 2 years to 3 years
The children in the day nursery participate in the centre’s early learning and preschool programs. Unlike traditional or standard services, where preschool starts at 3 years of age, this centre has undertaken research that shows that valuable opportunities for a child’s development and education may be lost if they are made to wait to turn 3 before getting them involved in Clovel’s Preschool program. The educators ensure a well-resourced, rich and inviting ‘learning through play’ environment that is reflective of children’s interests, strengths and individual needs.
Clovel Granville: 3 years to 5 years
These children participate in the centre’s early learning, preschool and school readiness programs, incorporating literacy, numeracy, arts, science, outdoor learning environments, multi-cultural program and social skills. The educators seek to ensure the children are ready for the next steps in their education, when they attend school.
Relationships between parents and educators is key for the team at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Granville Merrylands. 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 am currently the Supervisor at Clovel Granville, where I have been working for the past six years and I adore what I do. Working within the early childhood education & care industry, more specifically for Clovel, provides a fulfilment & enjoyment watching the younger generation grow, blossom and live into the best versions of themselves knowing that I am playing a large part in their lives as I assist them in building the foundations for their lives. Each child has their own personality, a different way of viewing each piece of the day & their general persona. I have a lot of respect, gratitude & admiration for the industry & what I do for the next generation of little humans.
Anthony - Nominated Surpervisor Clovel Granville
I started at Clovel 8 years ago and I have loved the growth, experiences and relationships I have created here! The children are my passion and I absolutely love what I do as I see their growth on a daily! We laugh, cry, learn and continue to make memories that I will forever cherish! A quote that I love and want to share with you all, “Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn”!
Nesa- Nominated Supervisor Clovel Kindy
Hi my name is Jo-Anne and I have been at Clovel for 19 years. I have a Diploma in Children’s Services and a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. Working with children has helped me gain a whole new perspective on the world. My reward is seeing the children grow from babies to toddlers and eventually kinder children ready to go to school.
I have a passion for working with children and making a difference in their lives; to make the children feel safe, secure and supported, be able to encourage them to become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing; providing comfort and bonding with children to help them feel settled. I love being able to watch children succeed and developing new skills to enrich their development.
I aim to create an atmosphere where I can empower and help children grow and develop; be a positive role model and make a significant and positive impact in their lives. I enjoy working in collaboration with my Clovel team of educators to help build on our knowledge. Today’s children are tomorrow’s future.
Jo-Anne – Nominated Supervisor The Cottage
I have been at Clovel for over 2 years now and it has been the best experience of my life. Watching the children grow up from little babies to going to primary school is such a beautiful thing. These children become family to you because you watch them every day and every week of each year, teaching them what they need to know from early ages to older.
Rhiannon - Educator
Being at Clovel for 4 years has been an amazing experience. Not only am I shaping the future leaders of this world, they are shaping me, to be the best person and caregiver I can be. It’s all about the loving!
Tayla - Educator
When leaving school I was a very worried 18 year old going straight into the work and childcare… but the Clovel Family took me in with open arms and showed me that working can be so much fun! I learnt a lot about myself as I work with the amazing staff, children and families. I’m so thankful to be a part of this amazing family. When I come to work it doesn’t feel like I’m just doing a day job it feels like spending a day with family and friends.
Veronica - Educator
I love working with kids, I have always wanted to work with children ever since I was young & working in Clovel has provided me with the opportunity to be able to educate the next generation of children, knowing that I played a part in their success as they venture on to primary school and beyond.
Jasmine - Educator
I love working with children as they are amazing people to be around, they are happy, share anything that comes to their mind & they see the world through different eyes which is refreshing. I love seeing them grow every single day.
Tayla - Educator
I started at Clovel 3 years ago and have enjoyed every moment of it. I love how here at Clovel we are not just educators, we are a family. Getting to know the families and the children are the best part as we get to watch the children grow and develop as they discover new ways of learning and creating a fun and engaging atmosphere.
Miranda - Educator
The educators at Clovel Childcare & Early Learning Centre Granville Merrylands 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.