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Just wanted to say thank you and the team for your daily updates and pictures of Charlie you upload. It makes a big difference to my day and the way I feel about not being there with Charlie on a daily basis.
The recent update the team has written about Charlie belonging just took my breath away. Thank you for taking time to write about him and his progress but most importantly taking the time and interest to know him so well and for the desire to help him in further development.
I feel that it has been written with a lot of genuine care and love for him and there’s nothing more I could wish for. A day hasn’t gone by without me questioning and doubting myself about my decision to have him in a day care while I have to work but reading through the update your team has put together gives me nothing but confidence about my choice so thank you for that.
Helena - parent
Liam has become more independent and is inspired constantly to explore new skills and activities. I’m impressed with the way the staff treat the children like they are their own and encourage values that we all need in life such as sympathy, respect and love. They even go the extra distance to show that they really care when times are tough in our family lives or just to encourage us as parents.
Karen - parent
Loving literacy program: designed to help children foster a love of reading and giving them a strong foundation in literacy. The centre has a monthly free gift book program for the children, to help them fall in love with books.
Growing reading champions program: designed to holistically help with children's development. Involves songs and games designed to help encourage children to learn to read through play.
Sustainability program: these practices are embedded throughout the service including veggie gardens and centre pets.
Flying Start school readiness program: preparing children for the next steps in formal education. This runs in the 6 months before they start school, and focuses on the specific skills they will need for kindergarten.
Cooking experiences: the children regularly take part in cooking demonstrations with the cook or with their educators.
The educators at Little Miracles see each child as a unique individual with a wide range of needs, skills, interests and learning styles. The experiences prepared by the educators are developmentally appropriate and safe, making the most of the natural outdoor environments.
The educators understand that children learn best when they can be curious and explore their environment spontaneously. They focus on teaching the children through play situations, direct ‘hands on’ interest-based experiences and positive interactions with a range of people, materials and equipment.
The centre has a focus on literacy and reading, with all ages taking part in their program that aims to have little ones reading before they go to school.
For all age groups, the centre uses a play based learning approach where children choose to participate and activities are based on the children’s interests. The types of skills that they will develop through these activities include:
The rooms at the centre are as follows:
The educators at Little Miracles see each child as unique and full of untapped potential. They seek to create an environment where each child feels loved, valued, safe and free to develop to be the best that they can be. The centre works closely with parents, to support them on their parenting adventure.
At Little Miracles, the educators are encouraged to grow and thrive both personally and professionally. Their strengths, skills and talents are recognised and celebrated. They see their educators as their biggest asset.
The educators celebrate the centre’s diverse community, and welcome the wider neighbourhood to educate, guide and inspire the children. They create a homely atmosphere where children feel comfortable, relaxed, nurtured and secure in respectful relationships.
I am honoured to be able to work with and lead a wonderful team of educators here at Point Clare. I am so passionate about giving all children the best possible education and care in their early childhood years . I love engaging with families to support their children to reach their full potential as they learn, explore and develop in all areas.
Liz Welsby, Centre Manager, Little Miracles Point Clare
At Little Miracles, the children enjoy meals and snacks from carefully designed dietician-approved menus that change with the seasons. The centre follows best practice and guidelines from the dept of education to ensure that the children receive the right nutrition for their needs.
The children take part in regular cooking experiences, both with the centre cook or with the regular room educators.
Alice is nine months old and starts her day down on the mat with her educator. They are stacking some blocks together and Alice has fun knocking them down.
Alice has had her lunch and is settled with her educator and friends for a story. Soon it will be time to head to the sleeping area for a rest.
Alice and the other nursery children are taken outside to play in the sandpit, where the educators have set up colourful buckets and spades to use.
Toby is two and a half years old and likes to start his day at the craft table with his friends and educator. Today they're using some play dough to make some pretend cupcakes.
Toby is creating a robot using recycled boxes. His educator has helped him glue it all together, and he adds some paint for the finishing touches.
The children are outside riding around on the bike track. Toby and his friend Alexander love to pretend that they’re riding horses in a race.
Anna is four years old and today she and her friends are singing some songs with their educator that teach them about the different sounds that each letter makes.
Anna is sitting with her educator while she completes some puzzles. Her educator helps her find where a piece goes if she is having any trouble.
Anna applies some suncream and goes outside to the play equipment. She and her friend Bowie head to the climbing walls where they can practise their rock climbing skills.
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.