6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 5 yrs
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I love, love, love this centre. My child spends more waking hours with this team during the week than they do with me and I feel comfortable that she is in the best care. Yesterday they did yoga and learnt to meditate! The facilities are excellent and the team are awesome. The hours are great for parents working in the city and close to the Mall for public transport – they even do breakfast. The cost is great too, affording me to send her 5 days now. This school will soon have a massive waiting list so don’t miss out!
Clare - parent
We moved our son to this centre the week after opening. We knew the teachers and staff from his previous centre…who are absolutely awesome, so it was an easy decision for us to switch. All the staff are so incredibly friendly and the learning programs are first rate. Add to that the increased opening times, everything provided (including breakfast if needed), the brand new facilities and the cost (it’s $20 cheaper per day from our previous centre), we are very happy to have our son here.
Corin - parent
At Alfred Street Early Education Centre, educators work with parents and the community to deliver an overall curriculum. The children enjoy lots of extracurricular activities to stimulate and strengthen their growth and exploration.
Some of these activities include yoga, physical activity, cooking, languages, and a variety of incursions throughout the year.
6 weeks - 2 years
The educators pride themselves on providing a warm, nurturing home away from home for each child. They collaborate with parents and work alongside them to provide an extension of the home routine for each baby. The educators will develop, support, and enhance each child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive learning as they plan experiences for the children based on their interest and needs.
2 years - 3 years
The educators provide an environment that is inclusive, warm and secure for each child. The highly trained and enthusiastic educators will respond to children’s ideas in play, follow their evolving interests and extend upon their learning. The toddlers have the opportunity to grow their independence, create friendships with others and learn new life skills. The children enjoy the centre’s fun phonics program, large construction areas, as well as music and movement activities.
3 years- 5 years
The educators offer an inquiry based and play based learning environment that promotes children to use open-ended questioning, predicting, explaining, shared thinking and problem solving supported by a diverse range of learning materials to extend and enhance the children’s ideas and interests. The children prepare for their school readiness journey but also with the skills and strategies to support a love of lifelong learning. The children enjoy the focussed literacy and numeracy program, investigations, research and project-based experiences, and other activities within literacy, numeracy, science, creative arts, health and wellbeing and sustainability. The centre’s transition to school program includes school orientation visits and various incursions, lunch box weeks and school uniform week, to ensure that each child develops the necessary independence and self-help skills to assist with their school transition.
Alfred Street Early Education Centre has a diverse team of qualified educators dedicated to support each child’s learning and development.
We are committed to ensuring that each child is supported to reach their full potential. We aim to do this by providing a quality educational program delivered by passionate educators in an environment that is inclusive, warm and secure for your child.
Director, Alfred Street Early Education Centre.
At Alfred Street Early Education Centre, the children enjoy healthy and delicious food prepared onsite by a fully qualified cook each day. All special diets such as vegetarian, fish, nut, gluten and dairy allergies are catered for, as well as cultural or specific health needs.
The meals are cooked onsite by the centre chef and their partnership with Pro Bros means they can provide children with the best quality produce and an abundance of in-season produce sourced directly from local farmers.
Meals provided at the service will provide at least 50% of a child’s recommended daily dietary requirements. Educators promote and support families to develop healthy eating habits for children in conjunction with programs such as NSW Health’s Munch & Move and Get Up & Grow.
The children enjoy healthy lunches such as shepherd’s pie with seasonal vegetables, roast lamb with roast veggies, beef and broccoli stir fry with rice noodles, or butter chicken with peas and rice. For their snacks, they enjoy toasted wholemeal wraps with roast veggie dip, fruit smoothies, fresh corn on the cob, or homemade muffins.
Ava 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.
Ava 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.
Ava loves music, and today the educators have set out lots of small musical instruments for the children to explore.
Harry is two and a half years old and loves to play outside. He and his friends head straight for the sandpit and slide.
After lunch, Harry decides to visit the arts and crafts area, where he has been busy working on a robot. He adds the finishing touches to his project and sets it aside to dry so that he can take it home that day.
Harry and his friends are playing in the construction zone. Harry pretends to be a builder making a new road for the trucks to drive on.
Maddy is four and a half years old and loves to begin her day in the home corner with her friends. They are pretending to be a vet clinic, using stuffed animals as patients; learning through play is a key focus for the centre. Maddy and her friends take part in the early education program that is getting them ready for school.
Maddy is off to school next year and can’t wait for today’s visit from the local school. A teacher is going to talk to them about what a typical day at school is like, and what they’ll need to pack in their bag.
Maddy is having some fun in the sandpit. Her educator has set out some cooking equipment, so Maddy pretends to bake some cupcakes with her friends, decorating them with leaves and twigs.
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.