We are a community at Dianella Street, with families enjoying great friendships with each other and many centre-organised events ensuring everyone feels connected and involved.
Community is at the heart of our centre. Many of the children who attend Dianella Street move on to attend Caringbah North Public School, located right next door. We still enjoy a connection with some of the children we taught as little ones, who visit us to help drop off or pick up a younger sibling.
Our outdoor space is also a major attraction for families. Dubbed the 'Rolls Royce' of playgrounds, the large state-of-the-art space has been beautifully renovated. It is one of the most innovative and well-resourced playgrounds seen in any childcare centre (water pumps, tee pees, mirror balls, stage for musical performances and much more).
Here is a sample of the feedback families share with us:
"The centre has been nothing but a blessing to our family. We can't believe how lucky we are to have had the most beautiful Educators who have transformed our child into a blossoming and confident little girl ready to face big school thanks to the guidance ad inspiration she has received from her brilliant Educators."
"My son is very happy and settled. The outdoor area is fantastic! The staff are amazing and encourage lots of messy play and activities which is fantastic for the kids."
"All the Educators are so helpful and lovely and my child loves attending and learns so much. There is great communication."
Dianella Street is led by a Director with more than 20 years experience in early childhood education.
Our Dianella Street team is warm and caring, creating a very nurturing environment for the children to learn.
Our Educators are highly experienced, with each team member bringing their individual talents and strengths to the service. Their diversity and knowledge creates a broad learning curriculum for the children. For example, some of our Educators share their passion for cultural awareness through intentional teaching experiences and celebrations with the children.
We also have sustainability enthusiasts who bring environmental awareness and education to the children's program. Dianella Street has a strong focus on nature and the outdoors, and is a multiple award winner in the area of environmental education for children. The centre is a previous state finalist in the Australian Family Early Education & Care awards and the HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards.
Family Communication & Partnerships
Dianella Street families enjoy regular insights into their children's learning via a safe and secure communication app called Educa. Educa allows families to view and share learning stories, photos and videos, and collaborate with Educators about their child’s development, from the comfort of their phone.
We develop strong partnerships with families in our service and welcome their ongoing input into the children's curriculum. Families have the opportunity to connect with us and meet other local families at our centre-organised events throughout the year.
Location & Community
Dianella Street is nestled among beautiful natural surroundings. It borders a large park and Caringbah North Public School. Parents whose children attend our centre and the local school value this single drop off and pick up destination.
We enjoy a wonderful connection with the local school, visiting the Kindergarten classrooms and meeting the teachers as part of our excellent Transition to School program. We also attend various school events.
This year the children will also be visitors to the library.
The children love spending time outdoors in the large and newly renovated custom-designed outdoor space.
It includes multiple play areas offering:
- challenging gross motor play equipment
- a slide
- water pumps for water play
- bike track
- fairy garden
- hand-made wooden tee pee
- vegetable gardens and water tanks
- use of natural materials and plenty of shade
- soft fall surfaces
- fun features like mirror balls
- spaces for solitary play and reading
- a stage for impromptu concerts and musical performances
Our two rooms are very large, bright and open. We offer many learning centres for the children to engage in craft, painting and drawing, creative play, dramatic play, group time, story time and many other experiences to help them meet their age appropriate milestones.
All Council Early Education Centres deliver a curriculum which provides children with academic and life skills education. We promote the development of language and literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills, physical development and cognitive growth.
Many parents want to see their child write their name and hear them count and our curriculum provides children with the platform to develop these types of skills, along with many others.
Academic skills include literacy and numeracy concepts and learning experiences, for example:
- recognition of numbers, letters, shapes and colours (early numeracy and literacy skills)
- vocabulary expansion
- writing and drawing
- developing pencil grip and fine motor skills
- experimenting and hypothesising (early science)
Life skills focus on the following aspects of social and emotional skills development, including:
- emotional resilience (self regulating emotions, expressing emotions appropriately)
- self help skills (caring for belongings, tying shoelaces, putting on clothing such as socks and jumpers, encouraging independence)
- conflict resolution skills
- learning to share and take turns
- cooperating and collaborating with others
- learning to adapt to changes in routines
- knowing when and how to ask for assistance
- empathy and caring for others
- developing problem solving skills
- toileting independence
Education, including academic and life skills, occurs from the moment a child walks through our doors. Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers experience age appropriate learning on a daily basis, encompassing:
- language and literacy
- mathematics and engineering
- science and technology
- arts and crafts
- sustainability education - learning about nature and the environment
- music and dance
- physical activity promoting gross and fine motor skills
- cultural experiences
- sensory experiences
- free creative play
- community excursions and engagement
The children learn through play and our Educators plan intentional, play-based learning experiences and investigations that incorporate children’s learning goals. For example, setting up a pretend play ‘restaurant’, complete with menus, cook books, notepads and money extends the children’s social, literacy and numeracy skills.
Our Educators at Dianella Street enjoy strong relationships with families and welcome their ongoing input into the children's curriculum.
ELLA Language Program
Dianella Street has successfully gained entry to the Early Language Learning Australia Program (ELLA) - a fun, digital, play-based program for preschools to teach children a language other than English in their year before school. Dianella Street is introducing the centre's four and five year old children to Chinese Mandarin. The children are learning the language through apps. ELLA is part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study in Australia.
Transition to School
Dianella Street enjoys a strong connection with nearby Caringbah North Public School, visiting the school for classroom and library visits, lunch and school community events. These activities support children starting primary school, familiarising them with the local school environment.
The children also enjoy ‘lunch box days’ (to help little fingers master the skill of opening lunch boxes and containers) and school uniform dress up days at the centre. These role play and pretend play experiences include play areas with school uniforms, backpacks, lunchboxes, play food and writing materials for children to participate in.
We consult closely with parents on school readiness and transition to school. Every Council centre completes ‘Transition to School' statements for each child attending school the following year. These are shared with families and the child's school (with parent permission).
Free Cloth Nappy Service
All Council centres provide an eco-friendly cloth nappy service to babies and toddlers, at no additional cost to parents who use our service.
The modern cloth nappies are reusable and professionally laundered. The fabric, fit and comfort of the modern cloth nappies are a far cry from the cloth nappies our parents would remember.
Council's cloth nappy service has saved more than 5,000 kilograms which is equivalent to 5.1 tonnes of landfill in six months alone.
Care routines are planned and adjusted in consultation with families to take in to account the unique needs of each child.
Educators respond to children's emotional and physical needs through building a two-way communication with each family. Families provide information on their children's rest, toilet training and eating needs, which Educators use to plan meal times and routines for each child.
Our highly trained staff respond to children's verbal and non-verbal signals throughout the day and provide comfort through developing strong bonds with each child.
All Council Early Education Centres employ trained cooks to prepare nutritious meals for the children each day. All meals are included within our fees. This includes:
- breakfast cereals and milk
- morning and afternoon teas which can be a mix of vegetable platters, homemade slices, fruit plates
- lunch (hot meals such as pasta bakes, stir fry, vegetarian frittatas and homemade pies)
- late afternoon tea and snack including sandwiches and fruit pieces to tide children over to dinner time
Our centres follow the NSW Health Nutritional Guidelines, providing a minimum of 50% of children's Recommended Dietary Intake each day.
“I’m continuously blown away by the staff at Dianella Street Early Education Centre. It’s lovely to drop your child off knowing they are so happy and excited to be there. It’s even better knowing you’re leaving them with staff who nurture them and genuinely care. I take my hat off to the team, they always have a smile on their faces and really love what they are doing - thank you for being the strong, capable, intelligent Educators that are helping us raise our little girl. We couldn't ask for better role models!” Meg.
Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 9710 0466 or ChildrensServices@ssc.nsw.gov.au