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Is your child in a quality service with a robust educational program?
Knowing the answer to this is vital. Children who experience 'quality' childcare during their formative years have better transition to school, education and employment outcomes.
Unfortunately, not all childcare services offer quality curriculums and programs and there are many that don’t even meet the industry’s National Quality Standards.
Every Council childcare service operates at or above the minimum industry standard. Every aspect is focussed on providing children with the best start during their early years. We educate, empower and enrich the lives of all children and families within our services.
Our academic curriculum covers language and literacy, mathematics and engineering, science and technology and arts. Importantly, our Educators also have a strong focus on building children's self confidence and teaching them life skills such as resilience to thrive in today's society.
As the largest childcare provider in the Sutherland Shire, Council has a dedicated compliance team which monitors all aspects of quality at leading to greater educational and social outcomes for children.
The quality offered by Council's services is evidenced by:
- The high quality ratings awarded to us following independent assessments by the childcare industry's governing body
- The high satisfaction levels of families who use our services
- Our retention of quality Educators who are committed to ongoing professional learning
- Council's status as a leader within the childcare industry
- Our value of diversity, including support for vulnerable families and children with disabilities & additional needs.
Council's Early Education Centres and Family Day Care Educators provide children with outstanding academic and life skills education.
Our curriculum promotes the development of language and literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills, physical development and cognitive growth.
More than reading & writing
Many parents want to see their child write their name and hear them count. Our curriculum provides children with the platform to develop these types of skills, along with many others.
Education, incorporating academic and life skills, occurs from the moment a child walks through our doors. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers experience age appropriate learning on a daily basis.
This learning is embedded in a holistic programming encompassing:
- language and literacy
- mathematics and engineering
- science and technology
- arts and crafts
- sustainability education
- music and dance
- physical activity to promote gross and fine motor skills
- cultural experiences
- sensory experiences
- free creative play
- community excursions.
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, cookbooks, notepads and money, extends the children's social, literacy and numeracy skills.
Academic skills include, among other skills, literacy and numeracy concepts and learning experiences. On a daily basis, this includes:
- recognition of numbers, letters, shapes and colours (early numeracy and literacy skills)
- vocabulary expansion
- story time, songs and rhymes (including music appreciation)
- developing pencil grip and fine motor skills
- writing, drawing, cutting, folding, pasting and painting, including the regular use of pencils, scissors, crayons and textas
- experimenting and hypothesising (early science)
- developing and increasing attention span.
Life skills focus on the following aspects of social and emotional skills, including:
- emotional resilience (self regulating emotions, expressing emotions appropriately)
- self help skills (caring for possessions and helping children to be independent)
- 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
- the importance of good nutrition and exercise.
Transition to school
Council's Educators consult closely with parents on school readiness and transition to school.
Many of our services complete 'Transition to School' statements for each child attending school. These are shared with families and the child's school (with parent permission).
Some of our services also enjoy strong connections with their neighbouring primary schools, with the children visiting classrooms to participate in activities.
Within our centres we implement 'lunch box days' (to help little fingers master the skill of opening lunch boxes and containers).
Children in Family Day Care bring their own lunch each day and are already well accustomed to opening lunch boxes and containers and managing their own food intake.
Our services also offer school themed dramatic play time. These role play and pretend play experiences include school uniforms, backpacks, lunch boxes, play food and writing materials for the children to participate in.
These are some of the many activities we offer to help prepare children for the classroom.
Learn more about Council's programs
Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 9710 0466 or email@example.com