6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
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Mini Masterminds Guildford sees innovation as a driver for development in children. Their inclusive extra-curricular activities encourage diversity and inclusion, ensuring every child feels accepted and develops the ability to think, imagine and play freely.
For the children aged 2 and up, the centre offers the ‘Mini Champions’ sports program. This encourages children to gain fitness regardless of their athletic ability, and helps build self-esteem and confidence.
Children are taught languages by qualified and experienced language teachers, further developing and strengthening their cognitive function and problem-solving skills.
Each week the children aged 2 and up will take part in ‘Mini Yoga Club’ at the centre. This practice is associated with learning, memory and regulating emotions.
The children take part in the ‘Mini Chefs’ cooking class, a fun hands-on class that encourages children to experiment in the kitchen while learning about basic cooking techniques and making smart food choices. These classes will teach kitchen safety, food preparation and proper food handling practices. Mini Masterminds knows that children benefit by learning teamwork and early maths and science concepts when participating in cooking activities.
The children can extend their learning outside of the centre by taking part in excursions. Some examples include the Easter Show and visiting local parks for a picnic day.
Special visitors to the centre can share a wealth of knowledge with the children, as they can learn, discover and explore new and exciting things. Some incursions include native wildlife and reptile visits, petting zoos, dentist and optometrist visits and cultural exploration with visits from Indigenous artists.
In addition to the national curriculum, Mini Masterminds Guildford is proud to have developed a bespoke curriculum in consultation with well-regarded Early Childhood Teacher, Jacob Camilleri. The unique Prep School Program which was developed in consultation with him exposes children to the NSW Foundation Font and focuses not just on the Early Years Framework but also the Early Stage 1 curriculum as well. By merging the Pre-School and Kindergarten lessons, the children will have a head start when it comes to their formal schooling.
The focus of the curriculum is on play-based learning, which ensures each child develops, understands and takes responsibility at their own pace, capability and individuality. The individualised educational curriculum is based on the children’s current learning and interests and is designed to further each child’s growth and development.
The centre’s programs allow for the children to move freely around the activities, making their own unique choices, while ensuring that all key learning areas are promoted and explored. The overall aim of the curriculum is to develop a child’s independence, while fostering confidence in communication and learning.
The educators at Mini Masterminds Guildford aim to help guide the children towards healthy eating habits that will help them maintain a healthy weight and good health in the long term.
The menus are designed by nutritionist and mother, Gabriella Ratner, to include nutrient-dense meals created with the freshest ingredients, specifically selected for growing bodies. These menus allow for the inclusion of different cultural backgrounds and special dietary requirements of the children at the centre.
The in-house chef prepares the meals throughout the day, with a four-week rotating menu. The children are given hands-on experience with growing their own vegetables in the centre’s garden, to teach them about where their food comes from and to encourage them to try new things. The centre also offers a private feeding room for breastfeeding mothers as needed.
Alexa is ten months old and loves going on excursions in the pram with her nursery friends. Today they’re heading to a local park where they’ll have morning tea and play on the swings.
Alexa is enjoying some quiet activities before she heads off for a nap in the sleeping area. Her educator reads her some books before preparing her for a rest.
Alexa loves music, and today the educators have set out lots of small wooden musical instruments for the children to explore.
Eris is two and a half and loves playing outside. Today the children enjoy some fun sports activities with their Mini Champions coach and Eris has fun kicking a soccer ball with his friends.
Eris is looking forward to today’s incursion, as they have an Aboriginal elder coming in to talk to the children about the Dreamtime.
Eris and his friends love their yoga classes, as these mindfulness sessions give them the skills to self-regulate.
Harriet is almost five years old and can’t wait for today’s incursion, where her and her friends will get to learn all about native wildlife. Harriet is so excited to get the chance to hug a koala.
Harriet loves taking part in the cooking experiences with the centre chef. Today they’ve picked some raspberries from the garden to use in homemade muffins for afternoon tea.
Harriet and her friends are using their pre-school book to learn about the letter V today. They are busy practising their hand-writing skills tracing the letter V and matching the letter with the picture.
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.