6 wks to 2 yrs
2 yrs to 3 yrs
3 yrs to 5 yrs
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Some of the programs on offer at The Learning Sanctuary include:
At The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street, each of the rooms is designed to provide the best possible early learning experience for each child, and to help them develop a love of learning. A combination of indoor and outdoor activities are planned for the children. The routines arranged by the educators allow for individual learning, small group learning, and large group learning.
The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street’s nursery rooms are designed to care for children from 6 weeks up to 18 months. The space is designed to help the children feel secure and comfortable as they explore and interact with others. Children take part in physical activities such as messy play, sensory games, music and singing, tummy time for the little ones, and a dedicated private feeding area for parents.
The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street’s toddler rooms are for children from 18 months to 3 years old. Music and physical activity is designed to improve coordination and development of toddlers, as well as helping them to learn about literacy and numeracy. Toddlers are encouraged to form friendships with carers and other children, building their confidence and social skills.
The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street’s kindergarten rooms are for the 3 to 5 year olds. They offer a dedicated school-readiness program, where the children learn numeracy and literacy skills through play. Social and emotional development is a key focus for this group, as they prepare for the next stage in their learning at ‘big school.’
The passionate group of educators at The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street believe that the best way for children to learn and develop is to play, play, play! They’re dedicated to providing space to play, no matter the weather.
With this in mind, the educators seek to provide an experience that will inspire a love of learning that the children will keep as they progress with formal schooling. Educators pride themselves on their low turnover, offering continuity of care for the children. With a diverse group of multicultural educators, children feel at home in their care.
Communication is key for the educators, which is why they ensure that parents always feel heard, can offer feedback, and can help tailor their child’s experience based on their interests. The centre has an open door policy, meaning that parents are free to drop into the centre at any time.
Technology plays a role in the children’s learning, with interactive whiteboards, and fun computer programs to help children learn. Parents can access photos and updates about their child’s day through the centre’s free app, Xplor Home.
There’s more to early learning than simply care - the early years are fundamental to a child’s emotional, cognitive and social development. Research suggests that a quality early childhood education sets a child up for success throughout their school years and even later in life. That is why we are focused on providing our families with quality programs to support children’s learning and development from birth right through to school age.
Our children and our families are at the heart of our service. Our commitment to you and your child is that we take the time to invest in our centres and our people, so that they can best support your child, nurture them, empower them and help them to grow. We know that doing this goes a long way to ensuring that the children in our care can flourish.
Mandy Stubicar, Centre Manager, The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street
At The Learning Sanctuary Mary Street, the team believe that little minds flourish when their tummies are nourished. The centre’s qualified chef has carefully crafted seasonal menus to cultivate a modern approach to healthy eating and well being.
All of the meals and snacks are provided for the children by the centre’s in-house chef. Food is used as a way to teach the children about the benefits of healthy eating. Children eat together and learn how to serve each other, pack away, and eat a variety of healthy foods.
Children are taught about the benefits of growing their own food by helping out with the centre’s own vegetable garden. The older children also enjoy their cooking classes with the centre chef, where they can learn in a hands-on way.
For lunches, the children enjoy meals such as beef casserole, veggie bolognese, or chicken and veggie pasta. For snacks, they are offered fruit and vegetable platters, homemade pizza scrolls, crackers and dip, homemade muffins and banana bread, to name a few options! The children also enjoy toast and cereal for breakfast.
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.