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2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
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The Junior Kinder room is a safe and nurturing environment which feels like “home”.
Rachel - parent
I love how parents are encouraged to be involved and included in the educational program and we are given a voice for our family goals.
Sara - parent
Imagine Childcare and Preschool Kelso is inclusive, safe, flexible and a nurturing experience. Just the type of childcare experience we were looking for!
Sofie - parent
The Educators at Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten Kelso value the children, and their voices are at the centre of their programs. The embedded daily rhythms and individual classroom educational programs are influenced by the individual needs of each child and family.
The centre’s daily rhythm allows the children to experience an indoor/outdoor play flow to their day. This enables the children to choose which environment they wish to experience.
The indoor classrooms are strategically planned in order to create a calm and engaging environment. The Educators have areas within classrooms which promote solitary or social play, imaginative, or intentional teachings. The spacious outdoor environments increase the children’s ability to develop their gross motor skills and grow their appreciation for nature.
The Educators pride themselves on prioritising the needs of each individual child. They use room ages as a guideline, and place new children into the service and transition existing children, by taking into account the individual child and family wishes.
Children are cared for in the following groups:
The focus of the Educators is to provide a secure and nurturing environment for the children, to promote a sense of belonging. The centre offers consistency of care, through long-term Educators who have been with the centre since it opened, allowing strong bonds to develop with the children and families.
Parents are offered a complementary barista coffee at drop off time, which is a chance for them to chat to Educators about the children’s plans for the day and to ask any questions they may have.
Creating a safe, secure and supportive environment for our children, our families and our Educators is something I am very passionate about. I believe that early childhood settings play such a vital role in young children’s lives and my practice is hugely influenced by Bronfenbrenner’s “Ecological Systems Theory”.
In order for our children to grow into confident young learners they must feel safe, secure and supported. I put a huge emphasis on relationships with children and our families. One of my favourite parts of my role is welcoming our families each morning and getting to know them all individually. I am so blessed to have such a supportive community at Kelso.
Libby - Centre Director
It's a passion of mine to make children feel that they belong to the world and guide them to understand if they can put their minds to it, they can achieve the impossible.
At a young age, children are like sponges. They love to learn, explore and develop what they don't know. I'm just a stepping stone in their little lives, to help guide their path to their own success. As an educator, it is the most remarkable feeling to know you have supported, care for, and shared a small piece of a child's world, and have started to help shape who they can be in life.
I have worked with children for 18 years. I studied my Diploma back in 2003, and in 2019 I completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood. I have worked and gained grear experience over the years with children with additional needs, and have a love for them.
The centre understands that nutrition plays an important role in each child’s physical development as well as their attitudes towards healthy food.
All of the meals and snacks are prepared onsite by professional qualified chefs every day. The children work alongside the Educators to care for the centre’s vegetable patches, and these vegetables are then used in the kitchen or for cooking experiences with the children.
The Educators use meal time as an opportunity to share positive experiences around food and to help children develop social skills such as sharing and turn taking. They role model positive behaviours and attitudes, and involve the children in the menu planning.
All food allergies, intolerances, cultural requirements and family preferences are taken into account by consulting with parents when meal planning for the children. The children’s absolute favourite lunch is tacos - everyone serves themselves and eats together in a social setting.
Tess is ten months old and loves to play outside with her friends when she first arrives. She helps her Educator check on the veggie patch and give the plants some water.
Tess has woken up from her nap and is playing with some soft blocks on the mat with her friends and an Educator. She is learning how to make a tower and then knock it down.
The children are enjoying some music with their Educators, who are singing some nursery rhymes. Tess claps along to the familiar tunes.
Adam is two years old and likes to play outside when he first arrives. He and his friends head for the spider rope climbing equipment and try to make it to the top.
Adam is having some fun making pizzas for lunch with the centre chef today. He adds flour to the dough and has a turn at kneading it to make it nice and smooth.
Adam is helping the Educators water the vegetable garden. He fills the watering can and gives some water to the strawberries and raspberries, before picking a few to taste test.
Leah is four years old and loves learning languages with the centre’s ELLA program. Today she is learning a new song that will teach her the colours of the rainbow.
After lunch Leah is enjoying some quiet time with her friends. They complete a few puzzles together before moving on to some drawing at the table.
The children are excited to head out on an excursion to visit a local school. Leah is going to school next year and can’t wait to see what the classrooms are like.
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.