6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
3 yrs to 6 yrs
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The philosophy that drives Jenny’s Early Learning Centre Bendigo Hospital is that learning is a part of the fun. Children are encouraged to explore their own interests while they learn.
The key values are as follows:
Consistency of care is paramount, and priority is given to nurturing the relationships between educators and children. Some of the passionate educators have been with the centre since they opened. Educators help children develop the skills of independence, confidence, responsibility and connection with others.
Local relationships are a key focus for Jenny’s Early Learning Centre Bendigo Hospital, from primary schools, aged care facilities and suppliers for the kitchen. The centre sees these connections as a way to facilitate a sense of belonging and identity for the children, as well as being a way to develop their social skills.
A child is broadly connected to their family, community, culture and place, with the interactions between each providing a sense of self. Children develop and learn through these connections, with family being the first and most influential educators. The centre understands that children learn through play and that they find their own sense of identity and understanding of the world at their own pace.
To ensure the best possible outcomes for children, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre Bendigo Hospital believes that families and educators need to be working closely together. The educators welcome input from families to help guide the curriculum based on each child’s interests and family heritage. The centre is a welcoming and respectful environment, which teaches children how to work with others and to value their own independence.
6 weeks - 2 years
In the nursery, the educators work with families to meet individual needs while also offering flexibility. In this room, the children explore indoors and outdoors in order to build on their current skills.
2 years - 3 years
The children in this room engage in indoor and outdoor play, while exploring the natural environment. Educators work with families to support individual children's needs, while also offering flexibility.
2 ½ years - 4 years
Children are provided opportunities to lead their own learning with support from their educators. Educators work collaboratively with families to support the children’s needs while building their confidence to grow and develop.
Stainstreet: 3 years - 5 years
The children in this room explore sustainability in a variety of different ways. The educators integrate a variety of learning opportunities which extend the children's current skills and knowledge. Children are supported and encouraged to take the next step in their own growth and development while the educators work collaboratively with families.
Bowen: 4 years - 5 years
Children in the kinder room love getting out in the community and exploring their surroundings. The program consists of bush kinder, gross motor programs, music and movement, and exploration of the local community. The kinder program is child led and teacher led, providing children with skills for life and to support their transition to school.
Children are cared for, nurtured and kept safe, while also being challenged to find new ways to learn. The centre’s program is based on their ‘Play – Explore – Learn’ philosophy, which helps children feel challenged and engaged with learning.
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre Bendigo Hospital supports local business by sourcing their ingredients from suppliers in the area, using organic produce where possible.
The in-house chef uses the local produce to create high quality meals and snacks for the children, taking into account any food intolerances, allergies or cultural considerations. Menus are prepared in conjunction with the centre’s own paediatric dietician.
The centre has a ‘seed to plate’ program where children are given the chance to help with planting and harvesting produce from the veggie garden and fruit trees. The fruits, vegetables and herbs are then used by the chef to create the food for the centre.
Two of the children’s favourite hot lunches are the Moroccan lamb meatballs with vegetable couscous; and Greek lamb and roasted vegetable pizza. For their snacks, the children’s favourites are the buckwheat and eggplant baguette; or the coriander and garlic naan bread.
We love Jenny’s because we get to be part of the family and all our children have come through Jenny’s.
Jenny’s is our family and we love what they learn and how they get out in the community.
We love the natural yard, the deck with a big oak tree centred in the middle and the flexibility for the children to explore the whole centre as a family!
When you walk towards our centre you feel welcome and at home as you enter into a heritage building which then leads to a newer section which is inspired to keep things natural.
You feel part of a family as you walk into the rooms and see the bi-fold doors open out onto a deck which has an oak tree featured in the middle of the deck!
Our goal for our children is to learn through play, explore and challenge each other to learn new skills.
The children have the opportunity to explore and move between the rooms and yards freely, while building relationships with a range of children, and exploring our natural environment both indoors and out.
We have long lasting relationships with the Bendigo community which children get to explore and learn about through visiting places which allows them to experience a higher level of education and extend their current interests.
Susan Humbert, Centre Director, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre Bendigo Hospital
I love the children and their quirky conservations and responses.
I love how it is a natural environment and the beautiful gardens.
A great place to work.
I love working at Jenny’s because it's like a big community.
Alice is eight months old and loves crawling around the nursery. The educators have set up some musical instruments for the nursery children today, and everyone enjoys the experience of the noises from the tambourines and shakers.
Alice enjoys being read to, so after her lunch she settles on the lap of her favourite educator for some stories. Soon it will be time to head off for a nap.
The educators put on a puppet show for the little ones, including some singing and music to delight them all and keep them engaged.
Sam is a busy almost two year old, and this morning he starts his day with his favourite educator at the play dough table. Sam is making a green play dough cupcake, complete with pretend sprinkles and candles on top.
Sam enjoys the Quirky Tales storytelling program, as they get to sing and dance at the same time! His favourite story is one with dragons or knights.
In the afternoon Sam and his friends head outside to the playground to ride the scooters and swing on the big tree swing. He loves having the freedom to move from indoors to outside anytime he chooses.
Harry and his friends are baking bread this morning with the centre chef. They’ve all got their aprons on and are busy kneading and shaping the dough. Soon it’s time to pop them in the oven – they can have a taste at lunch.
After lunch, Harry is excited to take part in a Bush Kinder experience. They head to a nearby nature reserve, where the children are free to climb trees, collect sticks, and explore their surroundings.
Harry loves playing in the outdoor space, digging in the double sandpit and playing with his friend in the cubby house. He enjoys the freedom to play in many different ways throughout the day.
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.