The centre operates out of premises on Arthur Street, Unley which was originally a family home. As such, the centre offers a very homely feel.
We operate three areas within the centre to cater for the difference age groups – Nursery, Toddler and Kindy – although all children get the opportunity to interact together, particularly during drop off and pick up time.
The yard area has recently redeveloped, offering a fantastic play area for children of all ages. There is plenty of shade, a sand pit, interactive and water play areas, garden beds, a stage area for performances and grassed areas. We are also lucky enough to have a great range of equipment such as cubby houses, kitchen set ups, climbing frames and mats, prams and dolls – everything that a child could ever need to help foster their imaginative play.
The Nursery Room
The Nursery Room caters for children ranging in age between 6 weeks and 18 months. At a minimum, staffing levels are at the Educator Ratios set under the National Quality Standards, which is 4 children to one member of staff. The nursery room is alongside the sleeping room, which is equipped with cots for each child. When enrolling for the nursery room, we try to find out each child’s regular routine and habits, what techniques are used at home for settling and what their general likes and dislikes are. We always endeavor to maintain the routine as best we can, but appreciate families understanding that we cannot always match their ‘at home’ experience exactly. See Routines for a sample routine of the Nursery Room.
Once children reach around 17 months of age, they are slowly transitioned to the Toddler room through spending activity and sleep time in the Toddler room environment. All children handle the change differently, and we are able to adjust the speed of transition to suit the individual child best.
The Toddler Room
The Toddler Room caters for children ranging in age between 18 months and 3 years. At a minimum, staffing levels are at the Educator Ratios set under the National Quality Standards, which is 4 children to one member of staff. In the Toddler room, naps are had on mats on the floor after lunch. Many parents wonder how their child will adapt to this change when they sleep in a cot or bed at home – it is amazing how unphased children are with this change, and how it simply becomes part of their childcare day routine. See Routines for a sample routine for the Toddler Room.
The Kindy Room
The Kindy Room caters for children ranging in age between 3 years and 6 years. At a minimum, staffing levels are at the Educator Ratios set under the National Quality Standards, which is 10 children to one member of staff. We also have an Early Years Teacher who runs a school readiness program which is embedded into the kindy rooms daily routines and practices. See Routines for a sample routine of the Kindy Room.